298 Apartments for rent in Honolulu, HI

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Last updated October 23 at 1:26AM
CRAIGSIDE TOWER I #1806 2101 NUUANU AVE.
Nuuanu - Punchbowl
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 20 at 10:28AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,100
2877 Kalakaua Avenue
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 23 at 1:26AM UTC
Studio
$2,800
2860 Waialae Avenue
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 21 at 9:39AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,575
417 Nohonani St. #307
Waikiki
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 10:01AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,400
775 Kinalau Place
Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 5:56PM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,750
6248 Keokea Place
Hawaii Kai
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 17 at 10:54AM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
2957 Kalakaua Avenue
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 11 at 4:53AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,950
117B Maunalua Avenue
Kuliouou - Kalani Iki
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 7 at 10:28AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
555 University Avenue #101 - Ala Wai Plaza Skyrise
Mccully - Moiliili
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 10:01AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,800
2888 Ala Ilima Street
Aliamanu - Salt Lake - Foster Village
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 23 at 1:26AM UTC
Studio
$1,100
2240 Kuhio Avenue
Waikiki
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 23 at 1:26AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,884
2525 Date Street
Mccully - Moiliili
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 19 at 2:01PM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,550
2673A Kalihi Street
Kalihi Valley
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 10:13AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
3042 Makini Street
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Honolulu, HI
Updated September 15 at 9:33AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
1717 Citron Street
Mccully - Moiliili
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 5:56PM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,600
350 Mananai Place
Aliamanu - Salt Lake - Foster Village
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 5:53PM UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,400
1720 Ala Moana Boulevard
Waikiki
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 23 at 1:26AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,750
2649 Varsity Place
Mccully - Moiliili
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 18 at 2:12AM UTC
Studio
$950
2214 Lime Street
Mccully - Moiliili
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 22 at 5:56PM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
1200 Queen Emma Street
Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HI
Updated October 23 at 1:26AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
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City Guide
Honolulu
Not Your Average Paradise

The city of Honolulu holds the award for most populous in all the Hawaiian Islands, with over 390,000 folks, so it’s easy to forget that in most tropical locales everything moves slowly, lazily, and maybe not at all. This tendency to happily loiter into perpetuity is known as “Hawaii Time,” but it doesn’t seem to apply to Oahu the same as other islands. Honolulu is a major business hub, with a downtown area that boasts skyscrapers Los Angeles would be jealous of, and the active military base ensures a constantly rotating selection of uniformed beefcakes strolling through the touristy areas.

That doesn’t mean everyone is high-tailing it to the financial sector with a briefcase in one hand and coffee cup in the other. Count on seeing designer suits stained with shave ice syrup and more than a reasonable amount of Aloha shirts, regardless of the day of the week. Locals hit the hot spots as often as travelers do, but that’s because they get a discount on all the fun activities, delicious fresh seafood, and souvenir shopping (no one can resist a mini ukulele). If you hope to enjoy those sweet island discounts too—and you’ll need it at these prices—it helps to “look” the part. People of Asian descent have an easier time snagging a deal than a “haole,” or Caucasian. And this will apply to apartments for rent in Honolulu too.

About Those Prices

What is Shangri-La for your spirit may be Hades for your bank account. Hawaii as a whole is far more expensive than the mainland, but Honolulu especially so. Compared with Denver, Colo., for instance, housing is 123%, groceries 52%, utilities 80%, and transportation 13% more expensive. Still, stress is rare when surrounded by a perfect seascape and endless summer weather. Just make sure whatever job you’re moving to can make those new expenses feasible.

A Few Tips Before the Move

Living the dream is exciting, but the reality of moving to an island is incredibly complex. Do you have a pet? Get ready for 120 days of quarantine, and you’re footing the bill. Do you have a car? Shipping it is still less expensive than buying new, but that takes planning and a reputable company (and you know, time). There is TheBus, the local transportation (which is pretty great) but you’ll wish you had a car if you don’t. No national bank chain operates in Hawaii either, so get ready to switch accounts to a local option when you get here. Furniture, personal items and any other household goods that you plan on keeping long term should also be shipped. Start cruising container companies for deals now.

Speaking of now, it’s just not reasonable to think anything will get done quickly. Ideally, you’re two months ahead of moving with a solid job offer, an acquired residence, and ties to local communities. But, barring that miracle, finding places to live in Honolulu may be a multi-step process of arriving at a hotel, grabbing the first short-term lease that will have you, and then slowly seeking out truly appropriate accommodations from there. Things can be pretty loosey-goosey; it’s important to be flexible.

On the Plus Side Hawaiians are some of the warmest, most welcoming people on the planet. Get involved in community activities like sports, volunteer groups, or dance classes and become “ohana.” “Ohana” means family, and family means nobody gets left behind. Plus, “no shirt, no shoes” is totally primo.

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Only a handful of districts in Honolulu offer more than a small village area and residential housing. If you’re dreaming of living within walking distance of cool shops and modern conveniences, your best bets are in Ala Moana and Waikiki, or probably back on the mainland. Locals aren’t big on boutique shopping, and they make due with weekly trips to the grocery store, which may be 20 minutes away by car. Still, there’s always the Internet if you have a desperate need for Forever 21’s disposable fashion.

Ala Moana: It’s all about high-rise apartment buildings and the biggest shopping center on the island. Ala Moana can almost pass as the real world, but it comes at a cost. It’s not quite as pricey as Waikiki, but you should still consider making friends and going bigger to save some cash.

Chinatown: No neighborhood varies as much in quality and price as Chinatown. You can find updated, modern, and open concepts and get gouged, or find others that are not nearly as nice. Or sometimes, you might discover problems as well as high prices. The point is, you can find a deal here if you hunt, plus it’s close to interesting sights.

Diamond Head: There are condos, single-family homes and apartments in Diamond Head, and each offers something different. But it ain’t inexpensive. It’s as expensive as Waikiki and further away from…everything. However, it’s a prettier location with fewer ambling tourists (but not much fewer).

Downtown: Parking is a big old mess here, and tickets pour out like pina coladas, so make sure you find a building that has reserved spots. Otherwise, Downtown is a great middle ground, as far as price and location, and it’s perfect for those who like walking to work. Pet friendly apartments are rare, though.

Makiki: If you don’t mind driving to the beach, grocery store, and restaurants, and you have detached-home dreams and overdraft realities, Makiki is the place to be. Purely residential, Makiki has a strong community feeling and a delightful inland separation from the melanoma-pink hordes of tourists by the water.

Manoa: Another budget option, Manoa has property rentals with spacious lanais and comfortable if not recently updated amenities that should suit anyone with a hunger for true Hawaiian living, which is to say, quiet.

Waikiki: The brass ring of places to live in Honolulu, Waikiki Beach is full of active people from both nearby and around the globe. Clothing stores, chain restaurants, and luxury services pepper the streets lining the white sand beaches. So, yeah it’s hella expensive, dude. But through the nose is how you’ll pay if you want the best of everything.

Living La Vida Local

Hawaii is serene, slow-paced, and sociable; everyone is welcoming and they want you to join in on their activities. The lifestyle is very laid back, but outdoor living is a requirement. Lanais, which are outdoor covered patios or balconies, are an essential element of the home, and the place most house dwellers spend the majority of their time when not actually outside in the water, hiking the mountains, biking the trails, in the water, meeting up with friends, eating at shrimp trucks, or swimming. Hawaiians want for very little; they’re happy with the bare necessities, which include Spam musubi, a swimsuit, and a smile. To really be happy in Honolulu, you have to be happy with very little.

Honolulu is absolutely a paradise on Earth, and it’s just this side of plausible that anyone can pick up and move there on a whim and make it. If you’re planning on whimming it to Waikiki, just remember Heaven has high tariffs, but the ocean, sun, and sand really do offer all you need.

Rent Report
Honolulu

October 2017 Honolulu Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2017 Honolulu Rent Report. Honolulu rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Honolulu rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Honolulu rent trends were flat over the past month

Honolulu rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased marginally by 0.9% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Honolulu stand at $1,590 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,110 for a two-bedroom. Honolulu's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Honolulu

As rents have increased marginally in Honolulu, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Honolulu is less affordable for renters.

  • Honolulu's median two-bedroom rent of $2,110 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 0.9% increase in Honolulu.
  • While Honolulu's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including, Seattle (+4.5%), Phoenix (+4.5%), and Denver (+2.7%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Honolulu than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Honolulu is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

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Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

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Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

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