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Best Places To Live In Hawaii 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • East Honolulu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,957
  • I have lived in East Honolulu for my entire 34 years of life. It has been an amazing experience and every time I leave for work or vacation, I can't wait to get back to east Honolulu. My life has been
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  • Kailua, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,514
  • After living in Kailua for several years, I can truthfully say it's one of the best cities I have ever lived in. For starters, Kailua is on the water, which means there are tons of options to choose from
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  • Waimalu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,478
  • Waimalu, Hawaii is spectacular and will no doubt blow you away! With stunning views and large landscapes full with beautiful mother nature, it is definitely the place you want to be for the rest of your
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  • Wailea, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,833
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  • Mililani Town, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,460
  • Living in Mililani has changed my life, it’s far too easy to live a healthy lifestyle here. It’s quite, and diverse, though with the increase in the population over the years, the infrastructure is
75
  • Pearl City, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,241
  • I have lived in Pearl City for 10 years. It is a big town with a small town feel. Pearl City reaches all the way from the ocean at Pearl Harbor up to the gorgeous Ko'olau Mountain Range. Pearlridge
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  • Halawa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,455
  • I love living near the beach because it has always been my dream. Halawa is very beautiful, the people are friendly and there are tons of activities to do within walking distance. Some of my favorite
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  • Waipio, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,554
  • Imagine waking up every single day with glorious views of the beach as you go for walks feeling the sand between your toes, the sound of the seagulls in the distance, the spray of the surf gently
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  • Laie, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,782
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  • Kaneohe, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,065
  • Beautiful neighborhood but crime is continuously increasing, drug addicts and homeless are growing. The town is becoming very overpopulated and over priced. If you have the income to sustain a life here
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  • Waikele, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,648
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  • Haiku-Pauwela, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,564
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  • West Loch Estate, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,183
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  • Hickam Housing, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,954
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  • Aiea, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,594
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  • Honolulu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 349,597
  • I currently live in Honolulu. Previously I lived in Los Angeles for all of my life, and the difference is astounding. I love the family culture here and the dedication to Hawaiian history. Being in the
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  • Hanamaulu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,039
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  • Waipio Acres, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,169
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  • Mililani Mauka, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,322
  • Hello to you all from Mililani Mauka. I am located in the center of the beautiful Hawaiian island of O'ahu, enjoying upscale living in the city of Mililani Mauka. I first came here in 2003 as a tourist,
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  • Ocean Pointe, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,274
  • It's been an amazing time living in Ocean Pointe Hawaii for the last five years. I have enjoyed the close access to the beach. The weather is always excellent here in Hawaii. Ocean Pointe has a
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  • Ewa Gentry, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,168
  • Ewa Gentry is quite simply a gorgeous city in Hawaii, just west of Honolulu. I moved here a few years ago after visiting it several times earlier. The weather here is incredible year-round and there is
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  • Ahuimanu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,312
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  • Kula, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,326
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  • Napili-Honokowai, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,856
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  • Pukalani, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,332
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  • Wailuku, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,179
  • What can I say about living in Wailuku? It truly is paradise on earth. Every day is waking up to pure beauty, with fantastic ocean views, beautiful beaches, and sunsets that you just must see for
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  • Kahaluu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,009
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  • Kahului, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,164
  • I just loved living in Kahului, Hawaii. Located on the island of Maui, this beautiful location is the best place to live in the Hawaiian Islands. The weather is perfect; ideal for snowbirds who would
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  • Kaneohe Station, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,072
  • I consider this area to be cool. There are a few places I could choose, but this one is favorable for me. The neighborhood in this place is preferable for anyone. The transportation systems are fast
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  • Lihue, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,196
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  • Lahaina, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,675
  • One would think that living anywhere in Hawaii would be great; however, I can personally attest that living in Lahaina, Hawaii is not everything you would think it would be. The huge problem here is
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  • Kihei, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,964
  • I could not imagine living in any other place than Kihei, Hawaii! Kilhei's has some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery in the world making it a wonderful place for a middle aged to older
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  • Schofield Barracks, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,330
  • I enjoyed my stay while living in Schofield Barracks Hawaii, the Command Headquarters for the United States Army Hawaii. The city is located in Honolulu and is near Wahiawa. The town is gorgeous. It is
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  • Kapolei, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,206
  • Living in Kapolei is amazing, you are really missing out if you haven't seen this part of the Hawaiian Islands. Located on the southwest tip of O'ahu, Kapolei is a city unto itself with views that show
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  • Wahiawa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,696
  • Living in the City of Wahiawa, Honolulu is great for me. I never thought that a life outside of the mainland would be feasible for me or what I do, but boy was I wrong. Besides the year round sunny
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  • Kailua CDP (Hawaii County), HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,617
  • Kailua CDP is beautiful, but the cost of living is quite high. The high cost of living is very common for Hawaii. There are many benefits of living here including the weather, beach access, and
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  • Royal Kunia, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,424
  • I have lived in Royal Kunia, Hawaii my whole life and feel so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. The weather is what you would imagine weather in Hawaii to be, absolutely gorgeous! I feel as
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  • Makakilo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,353
  • I absolutely love living in Makakilo, Hawaii! The weather is hard to compete with and it is only about 15 minutes away from Ko Olina. It is definitely a great place to retire or live out the relaxing
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  • Holualoa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,439
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  • Waihee-Waiehu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,177
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  • Kalaheo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,099
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  • Wailua Homesteads, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,987
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  • Waipahu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,590
  • Hawaii is known for tourism, but living in Waipahu offers much more than tourist activities. I love hanging out at the beach and immersing myself in the beautiful surroundings. My family considers
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  • Makawao, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,362
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  • Ewa Villages, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,568
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  • Ewa Beach, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,165
  • Idk what weather report this site is reading but it is definitely not good weather. It's a dry heat most of the year, Ewa has red dirt which I honestly hate. I did like living in ewa despite it being so
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  • Waimanalo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,296
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  • Waimea, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,770
  • Living in Waimea is idyllic, enchanting and wonderful all in one! The beautiful island beaches, the majestic ocean, the fantastic sunrises and sunsets and perfect tropical weather virtually almost every
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  • Waikoloa Village, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,292
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  • Hilo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,579
  • Hilo is an okay town. When people think of paradise they think of Hawaii, or vice-versa. Usually they are thinking Waikiki Beach, Kona side, or parts of Maui. Those places don't get 120+ inches of rain a

Hawaii: The Paradise of the Pacific

It’s easy to see why 1.4 million people love calling Hawaii home. For some, it may be the lure of volcanic sand beaches or the desire to catch a big wave. For others, it may mean big opportunities with Hawaii’s booming real estate business or successful tourist industry. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: the Aloha State simply has the jaw-dropping beauty, hospitality, and opportunity that other states seem to lack. If you’re thinking about living in Hawaii, one of these top places might be the perfect spot.

Hawaii is located in the North Pacific Ocean and is the only US state to also be an island. Hawaii shares no borders with any other state. There are eight major islands, seven of which are inhabited, and 129 other, smaller islands and inlets. The capital, Honolulu, located on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, is also Hawaii’s most populated city; Hawaii ranks as one of the smallest and least-populated US states.

Hawaii is filled with diverse geography, flora, and fauna. Hawaii has two national parks, three national historical parks, and a marine monument, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Because Hawaii is an island state, many of the beautiful flowers and animals witnessed here are endemic to the state. From the dramatic peak of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, to Lanikai Beach on Oahu, Hawaii is dominated by volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and lush tropical forests. The climate here is typical for the tropics; summer - and winter - highs reach the upper 80s. However, the near-constant trade winds blowing in from the east temper the humidity.

There’s a reason why Hawaii is considered “The Paradise of the Pacific.” Hawaii is famous for its welcoming nature and laid-back approach to life. Hawaiian cuisine is a unique fusion of the foods that immigrants have brought to the islands throughout its history. There’s also a long list of relaxed beaches and cool hideaways that warrant a long visit. While the island’s temperate climate is a draw, the cost of living in Hawaii is very high, so be prepared. Because the Hawaiian Islands are in close proximity to each other, if you base yourself in Honolulu on the Big Island or Kahului on Maui, Hawaii’s many beaches, national parks, and other attractions are easily accessible within a short flight or drive. It’s this mix of nature and easygoing culture that make Hawaii such a draw: some of the trendiest places in Hawaii are also the friendliest and quietest.

With a plethora of great cities and more intimate neighborhoods to choose from, finding the best places to live in Hawaii isn’t easy. We'll give you a head start as these cities are our picks for the best places in Hawaii. To further customize your list of the best places to live in Hawaii, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home or rent budget, and what metrics could be the biggest deciding factor for you, from employment to crime to education.