The truth is that Hawaii has so much to offer, with each island providing a unique lifestyle.
While the land is scarce and hard to develop on most Hawaiian Islands, there are diverse options for housing not just on different islands but also on different areas of the same island.
The best place to start is to get to know the different Islands of Hawaii. While there are some other sparsely populated islands in Hawaii, the four main Islands represent over 98% of the population of Hawaii: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Regardless of which Island you are interested in, Anjali has built a professional network of loan specialists, title officers, property managers, contractors, landscapers, and others to help give her clients every advantage as they embark on finding their Hawaiian Dream. Learn more about these Island lifestyles below.
Known as the "Gathering Place", Oahu is the center of business and government for the State of Hawaii. Downtown Honolulu is Hawaii's financial center while Waikiki,
the world-famous tourist and commercial destination, is only a few miles away.
While third-largest in geographical size, Oahu has 68.8% of the State's population.
Oahu offers the most opportunities as it serves as a government seat as well as a business hub of Hawaii with well-developed infrastructure of freeways, a large marine port, and a large presence of Navy.
If nightclubs, fine dining and lots of opportunities appeal to you, Honolulu could be your destination. However, with a high population in a relatively small geographic area comes the high cost of real estate.
In December 2021 the median price of a Single Family Home in Oahu was recorded at $1,060,000
while the average price was $1,312,900.
The median price for a Oahu condominium in December 2021 was $485,000
while the average price was $604,000.
Known also as “The Valley Isle,” Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island. Maui is often considered a middle ground between the hustle and bustle of Oahu and the untamed natural beauty of the Big Island. The island, beloved for its world-famous beaches, has over 30 beaches and is known for snorkeling and views of migrating humpback whales.
Maui has experienced rapid population growth in the last few years. The island has attracted many retirees and increasing numbers of tourists. Population growth produced strains, including traffic congestion, housing unaffordability, and issues of access to water.
In December 2021, the median price for a Single Family Home in Maui was $1,100,000 while the average price was $1,610,000.
The median price for a Maui condominium in December 2021 was $740,000 while the average price was $1,179,000.
The difference between Maui average prices and Maui median prices is evidence of a much larger percentage where high-end homes are driving the average price up.
Known as the "Garden Island”, Kauai is the fourth largest island in Hawaii. This oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is known for the emerald valleys, sharp mountains and jagged cliffs. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests and cascading waterfalls.
Kauai’s appeal lies in its unique beauty, its small community, and a local appreciation for nature.
You will often hear about the large population of chicken on the Island
and the desire to keep the natural undeveloped feel of Kauai.
In December 2021, the median price of Single Family Home in Kauai was $1,625,000
while the average price was $$1,861,000.
The median price for a Kauai condominium was $599,000 in December 2021
while the average price was $669,000.
Once again, the difference between average prices and median prices is evidence of a much larger percentage where high-end homes increase the average price.
Known as the Big Island, Hawaii is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size is awe-inspiring. With over 60% of the landmass and less than 20% of the population of Hawaii, the open spaces abound.
Known as one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world, Hawaii is said to have 8 different climate zones such as tropical monsoon, tundra and desert within an hour drive. With an active volcano, the world’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea (when measured from its seafloor base to its highest peak), coffee farms in Kona, ranch land in Waimea and a collection of white, black and green sand beaches, Hawaii has something for everyone.
In December 2021, the median price for a Single Family Homes in Hawaii was $534,500 while the average price was $969,000.
The median price for Hawaii condominium in December 2021 was $483,000 while the average price was $772,000.
The Big Island probably offers the most diverse range in real estate. The home and condo prices are similar, rare for any market. This reflects the majority mix of condos on the West side and the majority mix of homes on the East side of the Island.
We hope that this gives you a snapshot of the diversity the Hawaiian Islands have to offer.
Life on each island is different, just as are the real estate options.
If you want to talk and learn more about any of the Islands, we are only a phone call away.
We have an expert on each Island ready to guide you to your Hawaiian Dream.