Special Report

Living Hawaii

April 2016

Tuesday, April 26

Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global

Monday, April 25

Living Hawaii: Why Our Salaries Aren’t Rising Faster

Wednesday, April 13

Living Hawaii: Do We Need A $15 Minimum Wage?

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

Living Hawaii: In The Islands, Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean Poor?

Monday, March 21

Living Hawaii: Our Surprising Property Tax Poison

Wednesday, March 16

Living Hawaii: How Much Are You Saving On Gas and Electricity?

February 2016

Tuesday, February 2

Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands?

January 2016

Tuesday, January 19

Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers?

Monday, January 11

Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us

December 2015

Thursday, December 24

Living Hawaii: Did Houston Have A Solution?

Friday, December 18

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

November 2015

Wednesday, November 25

Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

Friday, November 20

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Tuesday, November 17

Living Hawaii: Rooftop Solar Boosts Home Values

Friday, November 13

Living Hawaii: It’s The Land That Really Drives Up Honolulu’s Home Prices

Monday, November 9

Living Hawaii: So You Say You Want To End The Housing Crisis?

Monday, November 2

Living Hawaii: Gov David Ige Talks About The State’s Energy Future

October 2015

Thursday, October 29

Living Hawaii: Henk Rogers And His Quest For Energy Independence

Monday, October 26

Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out?

Monday, October 19

Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber?

Monday, October 12

Living Hawaii: Can We End Our Oil Addiction With the Help of Electric Cars, Buses and Rail?

Monday, October 5

Living Hawaii: HECO President Says Cheap Electricity Is a Pipe Dream in Hawaii

September 2015

Tuesday, September 22

Living Hawaii: Survey Finds Honolulu One of the World’s Costliest Cities

Thursday, September 17

Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion

Thursday, September 10

Living Hawaii: Why We Need a Low-Cost Road to Renewable Energy

Tuesday, September 8

Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers

August 2015

Monday, August 31

Living Hawaii: How Cheaper Energy Could Change Our Lives

Friday, August 28

Living Hawaii: Honolulu Is the Nation’s Most Expensive City for Singles

Tuesday, August 18

Living Hawaii: Can We Un-corner Markets in Our Over-Priced State?

Tuesday, August 11

Living Hawaii: Why Are Honolulu Rents Getting More Expensive?

Friday, August 7

Living Hawaii: Elevating the Discussion About Tiny Homes and Housing

July 2015

Friday, July 31

Living Hawaii: Many Residents Are Leaving High-Priced Honolulu

Monday, July 6

Living Hawaii: The Nation’s Worst Place to Earn a Living

June 2015

Thursday, June 25

Living Hawaii: Bridging the Space Between Islands Could Lower Costs

Wednesday, June 17

Living Hawaii: How Military Policies Drive Up Rents on Oahu

Tuesday, June 9

Living Hawaii: Boost Property Taxes on Out-of-State Owners to Ease Housing Costs

Thursday, June 4

Living Hawaii: How Island Appeal Adds to the Nation’s Highest Rents

May 2015

Tuesday, May 26

Living Hawaii: Where Life Isn’t as Expensive for Military Veterans

Tuesday, May 19

Living Hawaii: Our Retirement Boom May Cost Us Dearly

Tuesday, May 12

Living Hawaii: Some Reasons Not to Start a Career in Honolulu

Friday, May 8

Living Hawaii: You Are Not Alone — The Toll of the Price of Paradise

Monday, May 4

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act, the Cost of Living and the Search for the Truth

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act Pays Off — in Politics

Friday, April 24

Living Hawaii: Know the Price Tag of Retirement in the Islands

Thursday, April 23

Living Hawaii: We’re Rolling Out Your Stories on the High Price of Paradise

Thursday, April 16

Living Hawaii: Before Rail and GMOs, There Was the Jones Act

Monday, April 6

Living Hawaii: How Much Does Shipping Increase the Cost of Living?

March 2015

Thursday, March 26

Living Hawaii: Could More Overtime Pay Help Our High Cost of Living?

Wednesday, March 18

Living Hawaii: Can Millennial Generation Help Bring Down Price of Paradise?

Friday, March 13

Honolulu Salaries Plummet When the Cost of Living Is Factored In

Monday, March 9

Living Hawaii: Can We Overcome the Problem of Low Salaries?

Monday, March 2

Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Living Hawaii: Warning Signs — Many People Can Earn More Elsewhere

Monday, February 23

Living Hawaii: How Do You Pay the Price of Paradise?

Friday, February 13

Living Hawaii: Is There Finally Some Hope on the Housing Front?

Wednesday, February 11

Living Hawaii: The American Dream Is Broken for the Middle Class

Thursday, February 5

Living Hawaii: Middle-Class Millionaires

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Living Hawaii: Who Can Afford to Retire in the Islands?

Monday, January 26

Living Hawaii: Why the Islands Need Mobile Homes — and Don’t Have Them

Wednesday, January 21

Living Hawaii: Why Aren’t Renters Getting More Tax Relief?

Monday, January 12

Living Hawaii: Where Real Estate Is King

December 2014

Monday, December 29

Living Hawaii: Going Mobile — Could Life on the Road Help Reduce the Price of Paradise?

Monday, December 15

Living Hawaii: The Little Solution to the Big Housing Crisis

Wednesday, December 3

Living Hawaii: One Remedy for Out-of-Control Rents

November 2014

Tuesday, November 25

Living Hawaii: Where the Rent Is Too Damn High

Monday, November 17

Living Hawaii: You Might Be Surprised at Who Else Is Snagged by High Costs

Tuesday, November 4

Living Hawaii: One Big Reason We Spend So Much?

October 2014

Thursday, October 23

Living Hawaii: Where Are You, Trader Joe’s?

Friday, October 17

Living Hawaii: Is the Price of Paradise Getting You Down?

Monday, October 6

Living Hawaii: How Much Money Do You Need to Be Happy in the Islands?

September 2014

Monday, September 29

Living Hawaii: Houston, We’ve Got a Problem

Thursday, September 25

Living Hawaii: Crowdsourcing the Cost of Paradise

Tuesday, September 16

Does Hawaii Soak the Poor and Middle Classes?

July 2014

Monday, July 21

Living Hawaii: Babies — First the Good News

May 2014

Thursday, May 1

Living Hawaii: Where Child Care Can Cost More Than College

March 2014

Monday, March 17

Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools

January 2014

Monday, January 27

Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Tuesday, January 7

Living Hawaii: Priced Out of Paradise — Where $600K Is a Bargain Home

October 2013

Monday, October 7

Living Hawaii: Big Island Beer Can Cost More Here Than in Manhattan

Thursday, October 3

Living Hawaii: Where Milk Can Cost as Much as Wine

September 2013

Sunday, September 22

Living Hawaii: 20 Years Later We’re Still Talking About ‘Price of Paradise’

Wednesday, September 4

Living Hawaii: Why Is the Price of Paradise So High?

Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global Flickr.com/Todd Huffman

Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global

Unemployed college graduates, Hawaii wants you! The islands need you! And they'll pay a lot for you! Or so the viral story goes -- and goes.
Living Hawaii: Why Our Salaries Aren’t Rising Faster

Living Hawaii: Why Our Salaries Aren’t Rising Faster

Unemployment is very low but that hasn't worked out to more money in workers' pockets.
Living Hawaii: Do We Need A $15 Minimum Wage? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Do We Need A $15 Minimum Wage?

Can America’s most expensive state afford to pay a livable wage? More to the point, can it afford not to?

Living Hawaii: In The Islands, Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean Poor? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: In The Islands, Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean Poor?

Residents' paychecks may imply they're middle class, but many endure cost-of-living pressures commonly associated with poverty.
Living Hawaii: Our Surprising Property Tax Poison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Our Surprising Property Tax Poison

It may seem counterintuitive, but our low property tax rates in the islands add to our high cost of living.
Living Hawaii: How Much Are You Saving On Gas and Electricity? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Much Are You Saving On Gas and Electricity?

Hawaii's long-term gamble on oil has cost residents plenty, but more recently it has been paying off. We decided to find out how much.
Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands?

The cost of living weighs so heavily on schoolteachers that many fear they will never get ahead if they stay here.
Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers?

Even with low oil prices, the deck is stacked against farmers like Richard Ha on the Big Island. But some argue new strategies can turn things around.
Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us Flickr

Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us

When it comes to buying power and the rising cost of living, we still haven't fully recovered from the Great Recession.
Living Hawaii: Did Houston Have A Solution?

Living Hawaii: Did Houston Have A Solution?

We check back in with a Honolulu family who moved to Texas in 2014 to escape Oahu's high cost of living and dismal buying power. Here's how that turned out.
Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

The substantial drop in oil prices has complicated NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric, and could make it harder for Hawaii to accept the company.
Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

A time-of-use pilot project on Kauai is expected to bring down costs for people who sign up for it. But it could have future payoffs for all customers.

Education

Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global Flickr.com/Todd Huffman

Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global

Unemployed college graduates, Hawaii wants you! The islands need you! And they'll pay a lot for you! Or so the viral story goes -- and goes.
Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands?

The cost of living weighs so heavily on schoolteachers that many fear they will never get ahead if they stay here.
Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools

One in seven school-age children in the state attend private schools — the highest percentage in the nation.

Rents & Real Estate

Living Hawaii: Our Surprising Property Tax Poison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Our Surprising Property Tax Poison

It may seem counterintuitive, but our low property tax rates in the islands add to our high cost of living.
Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us Flickr

Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us

When it comes to buying power and the rising cost of living, we still haven't fully recovered from the Great Recession.
Living Hawaii: Rooftop Solar Boosts Home Values Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Rooftop Solar Boosts Home Values

Amid changing incentives, home solar may take more time to pay off. But how does it affect resale values?
Living Hawaii: It’s The Land That Really Drives Up Honolulu’s Home Prices Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: It’s The Land That Really Drives Up Honolulu’s Home Prices

On Oahu, it's the lack of locations, locations, locations.
Living Hawaii: So You Say You Want To End The Housing Crisis? D.R. Horton's Schuler Division

Living Hawaii: So You Say You Want To End The Housing Crisis?

Real estate analysts and experts contend we could make great strides toward producing the housing we need by losing some of our regulations.
Living Hawaii: Why Are Honolulu Rents Getting More Expensive?

Living Hawaii: Why Are Honolulu Rents Getting More Expensive?

Housing costs — the greatest expense in most people's lives — are poised to continue their rise in the coming years. What's true on the mainland may be even more true in the islands.
Living Hawaii: Elevating the Discussion About Tiny Homes and Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Elevating the Discussion About Tiny Homes and Housing

A simple but innovative housing concept could help respond to a key component of Hawaii’s high cost of living.
Living Hawaii: How Military Policies Drive Up Rents on Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Military Policies Drive Up Rents on Oahu

Service members who live off the base enjoy housing allowances that surpass fair market rental prices. That, real estate analysts say, helps push up rents.
Living Hawaii: Boost Property Taxes on Out-of-State Owners to Ease Housing Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Boost Property Taxes on Out-of-State Owners to Ease Housing Costs

Sharply increasing the property tax that applies to some non-occupant homeowners could help bring down the cost of living, especially on Oahu. Here's why.

Living Hawaii: How Island Appeal Adds to the Nation’s Highest Rents PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Island Appeal Adds to the Nation’s Highest Rents

When it comes to rents and real estate, the state's middle class can't compete with the endless pool of people who want to move here.

Living Hawaii: Middle-Class Millionaires Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Middle-Class Millionaires

The high cost of living in the islands is changing the meaning of "looks like a million bucks."
Living Hawaii: Why the Islands Need Mobile Homes — and Don’t Have Them Flickr: Dawn Ellner

Living Hawaii: Why the Islands Need Mobile Homes — and Don’t Have Them

Manufactured housing communities can help bring down our cost of living, but stereotypes, land costs, regulations and a lack of will have conspired to block them.
Living Hawaii: Where Real Estate Is King Flickr.com: M. Shawn Hennessy

Living Hawaii: Where Real Estate Is King

A key driver of our cost of living is the high price of land. A collision of interests and actions push its value upward.
Living Hawaii: The Little Solution to the Big Housing Crisis

Living Hawaii: The Little Solution to the Big Housing Crisis

On islands where real estate is so precious, how small do we need to think to bring down the cost of living?
Living Hawaii: One Remedy for Out-of-Control Rents

Living Hawaii: One Remedy for Out-of-Control Rents

Many factors conspiring to create Hawaii’s housing crisis inspired the implementation of rent stabilization elsewhere. Could rent control help with our high cost of living?
Living Hawaii: Where the Rent Is Too Damn High Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Where the Rent Is Too Damn High

Islanders pay far more on average than in any other state to live in rentals — and that's just the beginning.

Energy

Living Hawaii: How Much Are You Saving On Gas and Electricity? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Much Are You Saving On Gas and Electricity?

Hawaii's long-term gamble on oil has cost residents plenty, but more recently it has been paying off. We decided to find out how much.
Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

The substantial drop in oil prices has complicated NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric, and could make it harder for Hawaii to accept the company.
Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

A time-of-use pilot project on Kauai is expected to bring down costs for people who sign up for it. But it could have future payoffs for all customers.
Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution? Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Hawaiian Electric wants to offer shockingly lower rates to customers — at least for part of the day.
Living Hawaii: Gov David Ige Talks About The State’s Energy Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Gov David Ige Talks About The State’s Energy Future

The state’s chief executive discusses the road map to a renewable energy revolution, the NextEra-HECO merger and hopes for affordable electricity.
Living Hawaii: Henk Rogers And His Quest For Energy Independence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Henk Rogers And His Quest For Energy Independence

The game designer and tech entrepreneur wants to make living off the grid safe, reliable and affordable.
Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out?

A company that thrived for more than a century in the islands is ready to sell. It is a good deal for executives and, the power company’s CEO argues, for the rest of us, too.
Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber? Flickr

Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber?

If the power company became more like the ride-hailing service in its pricing system and motivations, it might help bring down electricity prices.
Living Hawaii: Can We End Our Oil Addiction With the Help of Electric Cars, Buses and Rail? Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Can We End Our Oil Addiction With the Help of Electric Cars, Buses and Rail?

Not all electricity is created equal. Maximize daytime demand for the product, and we might wean ourselves off oil and reduce the cost of living in the islands.
Living Hawaii: HECO President Says Cheap Electricity Is a Pipe Dream in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: HECO President Says Cheap Electricity Is a Pipe Dream in Hawaii

The head of Hawaiian Electric Co. talks about Hawaii’s 2045 renewable energy goals and how unique conditions help keep the islands' power bills so high.
Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion

Opponents of the status quo are pushing for an energy revolution. The ultimate question, though, is about cost.
Living Hawaii: Why We Need a Low-Cost Road to Renewable Energy Paul Bica/Flickr

Living Hawaii: Why We Need a Low-Cost Road to Renewable Energy

Given Hawaii's high cost of living, the state may not meet its ambitious renewable energy goals without first lowering the nation's highest electricity rates.
Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers istock.com

Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers

Opponents of NextEra Energy’s $4.3 billion bid to buy Hawaiian Electric have publicly blasted the merger. But that posturing has sparked negotiations that over the next few months should lead to more benefits and cost-savings for consumers.
Living Hawaii: How Cheaper Energy Could Change Our Lives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Cheaper Energy Could Change Our Lives

Hawaii is making a big-money gamble as it shifts from oil-powered electric generation to renewable energy sources, infusing the industry with its own new energy.
Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

Oil prices dropped by half, but Hawaii electricity rates decreased just 18 percent. How is that possible?

Food

Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers?

Even with low oil prices, the deck is stacked against farmers like Richard Ha on the Big Island. But some argue new strategies can turn things around.
Living Hawaii: Where Are You, Trader Joe’s? Slobo Mitic/Getty Images

Living Hawaii: Where Are You, Trader Joe’s?

The popular affordable-food chain seems like a no-brainer for Hawaii and our high cost of living.
Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Because Hawaii has a general excise tax not a sales tax, it's hard to tell.
Living Hawaii: Big Island Beer Can Cost More Here Than in Manhattan

Living Hawaii: Big Island Beer Can Cost More Here Than in Manhattan

Even the islands' signature "local" beer is bottled on the mainland.
Living Hawaii: Where Milk Can Cost as Much as Wine

Living Hawaii: Where Milk Can Cost as Much as Wine

Ever wonder why a gallon of milk costs $3 more on Oahu than in New York City?

Human Impact

Living Hawaii: Did Houston Have A Solution?

Living Hawaii: Did Houston Have A Solution?

We check back in with a Honolulu family who moved to Texas in 2014 to escape Oahu's high cost of living and dismal buying power. Here's how that turned out.
Living Hawaii: Can We Un-corner Markets in Our Over-Priced State? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Can We Un-corner Markets in Our Over-Priced State?

Could economic disruption reach some of Hawaii's most prominent companies and lower our cost of living in the islands?

Living Hawaii: How Do You Pay the Price of Paradise? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Do You Pay the Price of Paradise?

We want to know how you face off with the cost of living. Does it turn your life into a tragedy, a dark comedy, a fever dream or something else?
Living Hawaii: The American Dream Is Broken for the Middle Class Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: The American Dream Is Broken for the Middle Class

The cost of living has eaten away at Honolulu residents' incomes, raising profound questions about many people's future.
Living Hawaii: You Might Be Surprised at Who Else Is Snagged by High Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: You Might Be Surprised at Who Else Is Snagged by High Costs

When Duke Aiona campaigned for governor against the state's high cost of living, he was speaking from personal experience.
Living Hawaii: Houston, We’ve Got a Problem PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Houston, We’ve Got a Problem

Hawaii's cost of living convinced a Honolulu family to go prospecting for a new life in Texas. "We realized staying is stupid," says Nora Yolles-Young.

Retirement

Living Hawaii: Where Life Isn’t as Expensive for Military Veterans Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Where Life Isn’t as Expensive for Military Veterans

The islands are a pretty good place for military retirees who are more insulated from the high cost of living than the rest of us.
Living Hawaii: Our Retirement Boom May Cost Us Dearly flickr.com/aag_photos

Living Hawaii: Our Retirement Boom May Cost Us Dearly

People live longest in the country's most expensive state. They're putting off retirement or planning to work until they drop. It all comes at a price.
Living Hawaii: Who Can Afford to Retire in the Islands? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Who Can Afford to Retire in the Islands?

The cost of living, especially housing, has convinced a Honolulu couple to spend their golden years on the mainland. Others will follow.

Families & Children

Living Hawaii: Babies — First the Good News Courtesy of Bridget Coila via Flickr

Living Hawaii: Babies — First the Good News

Giving birth on the islands is relatively cheap, but the high cost of goods and services makes raising a child here an expensive proposition.
Living Hawaii: Where Child Care Can Cost More Than College ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Where Child Care Can Cost More Than College

The average cost for infant care is nearly one and a half times more than in-state tuition at UH Manoa.

Additional Articles

Living Hawaii: Why Our Salaries Aren’t Rising Faster

Living Hawaii: Why Our Salaries Aren’t Rising Faster

Unemployment is very low but that hasn't worked out to more money in workers' pockets.
Living Hawaii: Do We Need A $15 Minimum Wage? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Do We Need A $15 Minimum Wage?

Can America’s most expensive state afford to pay a livable wage? More to the point, can it afford not to?

Living Hawaii: In The Islands, Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean Poor? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: In The Islands, Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean Poor?

Residents' paychecks may imply they're middle class, but many endure cost-of-living pressures commonly associated with poverty.
Living Hawaii: Survey Finds Honolulu One of the World’s Costliest Cities NASA

Living Hawaii: Survey Finds Honolulu One of the World’s Costliest Cities

New data suggests that Hawaii's middle class may have lost more ground in 2014.
Living Hawaii: Honolulu Is the Nation’s Most Expensive City for Singles Flickr: RambergMediaImages

Living Hawaii: Honolulu Is the Nation’s Most Expensive City for Singles

By any measure, the state capital is one America's priciest cities, but it is particularly bad for people who are solo.
Living Hawaii: Many Residents Are Leaving High-Priced Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Many Residents Are Leaving High-Priced Honolulu

Like the state, the capital’s population is increasing, but that doesn’t mean the high cost of living isn't driving lots of people out.
Living Hawaii: The Nation’s Worst Place to Earn a Living Flickr.com

Living Hawaii: The Nation’s Worst Place to Earn a Living

The cost of housing, as well as salaries that don’t keep up, drag Hawaii down in a national ranking.
Living Hawaii: Bridging the Space Between Islands Could Lower Costs Flickr: Bill Sodeman

Living Hawaii: Bridging the Space Between Islands Could Lower Costs

An interisland ferry system and kamaaina discounts on air travel could stimulate economic activity, create jobs and lower prices — especially on the neighbor islands.
Living Hawaii: Some Reasons Not to Start a Career in Honolulu Courtesy Pearl City High School

Living Hawaii: Some Reasons Not to Start a Career in Honolulu

The high cost of living is key to why Honolulu ranks low on a list of cities for career-starting potential.
Living Hawaii: You Are Not Alone — The Toll of the Price of Paradise Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: You Are Not Alone — The Toll of the Price of Paradise

The cost of living has a way of isolating us. As we seek to overcome it, we need to come together and share our stories.
Living Hawaii: The Jones Act, the Cost of Living and the Search for the Truth Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act, the Cost of Living and the Search for the Truth

A definitive study is needed to move forward in the cost-versus-jobs debate, so why won’t objective research bodies take it on?
Living Hawaii: The Jones Act Pays Off — in Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act Pays Off — in Politics

The state’s delegation in Washington, D.C., enjoys outsized donations from maritime lobbyists, but several members told Civil Beat this doesn't affect their stances.