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Apartment Living in Hawaii
Who hasn't dreamed of packing up or selling everything and finding a home or apartment in beautiful Hawaii, "The Aloha State?" Over a million people call the six key and distinctive islands home. It's no wonder why; the beautiful blue waters, fabulous beaches, the rain forests and the comfortable year-round climate make this state one of the top destinations in the U.S. for tourists and apartment hunters.
Anyone can guess that Hawaii's number one industry is tourism. If you think tropical, you can most likely list Hawaii's major exports such as sugar cane, pineapple, coffee beans, bananas, flowers, and macadamia nuts.
The hardest part of finding an apartment in the state of Hawaii is trying to decide what part of paradise you want to live in. Each island has its own unique personality and the type of apartment you'll find depends on that island's traits. Determining whether to ship or sell your possessions is another difficult decision. The cost of living, thus manufactured goods are higher in Hawaii, so it may make sense to ship only essential items between islands and apartments.
The capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, is on the island of Oahu. 75 percent of the state's residents live on this gorgeous island and walk the water's edge of Waikiki Beach. Apartments are plentiful around the downtown area, but the prices are rather expensive, going for approximately $1000 per month. You may want to compare these apartment prices to those located in suburban areas of the Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Waikele or Mililani.
Big Island Apartments
Known for the active Kilauea Volcano, Mauna Kea, the world's tallest mountain, and for having 11 of the world's 13 climatic zones within its shorelines, the Big Island is the most unique and largest island in Hawaii. This Big Island is home to only 150,000 residents who are mostly employed by the tourist industry, retail, agriculture and government. Hawaii's Big Island's biggest town is Hilo and sits at the feet of three volcanoes. Apartments and condos are plentiful, keeping the average cost of an apartment at $700.
Apartments are hard to come by on the less populated island of Maui. Though it is the state's second largest in size, it is the third largest in population. Maui is starting to see growth because many people who visit are deciding to move or retire to the island which is causing a bit of a strain and forcing the pricing of housing and apartments to rise. Average apartments start as high as $1,200 per unit.
Only 20 minutes by air from Honolulu, Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest island of Hawaii. The island is roughly 550 square miles and is divided into five regions: the North Shore, Coconut Coast, Lihue Kalapaki, South Shore and West Side. Lihue is Kauai's county seat and the island's center for business and transportation. If you don't need much space, you can find an apartment in Kauai as low as $500 a month.