Hawaii on budget? It's true, it exists and it all occurs on Oahu's overlooked Waianae Coast, the island's dry side, where sunshine, low-cost properties and uncrowded beaches make this one of Hawaii's best bets for affordable paradise living.
Makaha and Waianae are located on Oahu's leeward side, about an hour, or so, from Honolulu and Waikiki (depending on traffic) and are the greater Honolulu area's last remaining rural communities.
Two-and-a-half years ago we relocated from the gloomy, gray and rainy Pacific Northwest to Makaha Valley Towers, resettling across the ocean in a move we have not regretted. At the Towers we have found affordable, Hawaii-on-a-budget-style living, all wrapped up in a tropical-resort-like setting. The 24-hour, seven-days-a-week security personnel give the property a safe, secure, gated-community feel, the office staff is helpful and the maintenance crew keep the property immaculate and in top-rate shape. The property also hosts an all-tiled, large swimming pool, kept at a constant 82 degrees. The Towers are located just one mile from world-famous Makaha surfing beach and close to several of the other best beaches on Oahu.
Being on the island's dry side, Waianae and Makaha are the "Palm Springs" of Honolulu, with plenty of sunshine and not much rain. The area affords a "desert island" sort of feel with constant daytime temperatures in the mid-80s and plenty of blue skies to match the blue Pacific waters lapping upon Waianae's shores.
Hawaii on a budget can require compromise, a reduction in your dwelling's square footage perhaps, or leaving your car on the mainland and getting around by bus, and probably a change in diet, and for sure some culture shock. However, if tropical sunshine and warm Pacific beaches are your life-long dreams, then the Waianae Coast is the affordable place to be!