2018 Best Places to Live in Hawaii

The State of Hawaii is made up of 8 main islands but not all islands are populated and will vary greatly from one to the other.  When looking for a place to call home in Hawaii, it’s important to do A LOT of research or work with a realtor that is from Hawaii, and knows what makes up the multi-faceted Hawaii Real Estate market.

My Island of residence is Hawaii aka The Big Island of Hawaii or Big Island Hawaii.  You’ll see in my compiled list below, each city/island that rated as “The Best Places to Live in Hawaii”

How to choose what Hawaii island to live on?

Beauty, adventure, tides and mountains — Hawaii satisfies your soul no matter your passion. Do you want to retire on miles of white beach? Trade a fast-paced job for a more relaxed one?  Or, just live lifelong in the luxury of The Aloha State? You are sure to find the perfect place to call “home” along long stretches of coast or nestled in lush, volcanic valleys.

Let me take you on a quick tour of the 2018 best places to live in Hawaii


Island of Hawaii

  • Kailua-Kona (Big Island)
    Only in Your State ranks Kailua-Kona the best place to retire. Lots of sun, minimal rain and towering palms sweep the young and old away with a sense of beauty and peace. This amenity-filled, Big Island city might be mistaken for a small town due to its feel. Located on the west coast of the island, the heart of true luxury, it boasts the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and gorgeous million-dollar homes. (You even get a few billionaire neighbors.)
  • Keauhou (Big Island)
    Located on the west coast of the Big Island, upscale Keauhou offers oceanside living with no crime. Gated communities around one of the top Hawaiian snorkeling bays give you access to serene waters, ocean sports and a golf course. Plenty of historical sites feed the history buff with the tradition and heart of Hawaii.
  • Kohala Coast (Big Island)
    The northwest coast of the Big Island, known as Kohala, offers a striking clash of water and cliff. A black sand beach starts at the coast’s northern end, and a rust-red and jet-black lava rock foundation closes it out on the southern end. Hiking cliffs with cascading waterfalls build adventure into ample sun-soaked days for any Kohala dweller.
  • Waipio (Big Island)
    Lush jungle vegetation, a wide river, taro fields and a black sand beach set Waipio apart with beauty and mystery. Located on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, this area is filled with history, legend and wonder. Waipio, known for its spectacular waterfalls, offers views of the tallest falls, Hiilawe Falls. Finding a home in this island beauty is reminiscent of the Hawaiian kings who once lived in this valley.
  • Holualoa (Big Island)
    A quaint community on the Big Island’s west coast, Holualoa amazes with its breathtaking views of the Kona Coast from the Hualalai Mountain. Its higher elevation lowers temperatures for ideal weather, which adds to its charm. The town’s artistic vibe brings a relaxed style of living that draws homeowners to Hawaii. And, a great school system offers peace of mind to families. Set in beautiful coffee country, Holualoa offers heritage, small town charm and home
  • Kamuela (Big Island)
    Making the USA Today 10 Best list, Kamuela takes Hawaiian laid-back living to new heights. Located in the northwest of the Big Island, the rolling, lush hills prove to be as enchanting as an ocean view. One of the oldest and largest ranches in America, Parker Ranch, sprawls across the Kamuela landscape. Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) style marks this beautiful area, one of the best places to live in Hawaii.
  • Hilo (Big Island)
    Authentic pre-World War II persona greets residents and visitors to Hilo, located on the Big Island’s east side. Less frequented by tourists, the largest city on the Big Island offers a unique Hawaiian experience overlooking two volcanoes. Tropical weather lovers thrive in Hilo with its ample rainfall each year. It tops the list as one of the rainiest areas in the state of Hawaii.

Big Island living promises a lifestyle like no other — modern living at a relaxed pace, plenty of sunshine and your choice of tropical coastline or lush green vegetation.

Island of Oahu

  • Kailua (Oahu)
    Adventure and old-town charm define this city in Oahu. Stellar beaches, like Kahana Beach, a wildlife sanctuary, botanical gardens, an arts and cultural center and plenty of hiking keep residents moving and experiencing the beauty of the Aloha State. A booming housing market offers plenty of opportunity to find a home in Kailua. And, low crime rates further the attraction.
  • Honolulu (Oahu)
    If a thriving cultural and art scene calls to you, Honolulu answers. A great place to start a career or further your current one, this capital city offers career advancement with a Hawaiian vibe. Gorgeous coastline beaches and an active nightlife offer activity whether the sun is up or down. East Honolulu boasts upper middle class neighborhoods with easy access to the city.
  • Mililani (Oahu)
    Sunny weather, low crime rates and its civic spirit make Mililani a great place to call home. In fact, Mililani earned the name “All-American City” for its civic spirit in 1986. Located in central Oahu, this town lays on plantation fields of the past. Today, it boasts one of the state of Hawaii’s wealthiest zip codes. You won’t mind the drive to the beach living amid the spectacular view of two volcanic mountain ranges in Mililani.


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