Special Report

Living Hawaii

August 2019

Tuesday, August 6

HI-Priced Q&A: How This Family Of 4 Lives On A Firefighter Salary In Laie

May 2019

Monday, May 20

HI-Priced Q&A: How A Single Mom Of Two Lives On $55,000 In Mililani

April 2019

Monday, April 15

Where Hawaii Renters Spend Half Their Incomes On Housing

Friday, April 12

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 56-Year-Old Lives On $51,200 In Honolulu

March 2019

Thursday, March 28

Zero-Interest Loans Help Hawaii Residents Afford Big Down Payments

Tuesday, March 19

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 23-Year-Old Saves For Retirement On $36,000 A Year

February 2019

Wednesday, February 20

Family Is The Safety Net For Many Young Adults On Pricey Oahu

10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii

Monday, February 4

HI-Priced Q&A: Working Full-Time, Part-Time And Freelancing — All For $45K Per Year

January 2019

Monday, January 14

HI-Priced Q&A: Commuting, Paying For Preschool And Digging Out Of Debt

Monday, January 7

Veggies Really Are Cheaper In Chinatown — If You Know How To Shop

December 2018

Wednesday, December 26

How Having A Baby Changed This Couple’s View On Cost Of Living

Thursday, December 6

Commuting Oahu: ‘It Takes Your Time And It Gives You Back Stress’

Monday, December 3

How A Couple From Iowa Makes Ends Meet In Ewa Beach

November 2018

Friday, November 16

Looking To Singapore For Answers To Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

Thursday, November 15

We’re Exploring Hawaii’s ‘Unofficial Tax’

Living On $70,000 In Kaneohe

10 Family Members, 4 Bedrooms And ‘A Dream To Have Your Own Place’

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?

HI-Priced Q&A: How This Family Of 4 Lives On A Firefighter Salary In Laie

HI-Priced Q&A: How This Family Of 4 Lives On A Firefighter Salary In Laie

“It’s like you’re in that middle zone where you’re making too much to receive help, but you’re not making enough to really prosper.”

HI-Priced Q&A: How A Single Mom Of Two Lives On $55,000 In Mililani

HI-Priced Q&A: How A Single Mom Of Two Lives On $55,000 In Mililani

“A big concern of mine is maintaining the quality of life and not being in a position where my kids feel a sense of lack.”

Where Hawaii Renters Spend Half Their Incomes On Housing Carlie Procell/Civil Beat

Where Hawaii Renters Spend Half Their Incomes On Housing

In the state as a whole, people at many income levels who rent — not just low-income residents — face a shortage of rental housing.

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 56-Year-Old Lives On $51,200 In Honolulu

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 56-Year-Old Lives On $51,200 In Honolulu

“Being frugal is an important aspect to living in Hawaii.”

Zero-Interest Loans Help Hawaii Residents Afford Big Down Payments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Zero-Interest Loans Help Hawaii Residents Afford Big Down Payments

Saving for a down payment can be tough in Honolulu, where the median home value was $790,000 last year.

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 23-Year-Old Saves For Retirement On $36,000 A Year

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 23-Year-Old Saves For Retirement On $36,000 A Year

“Even if you save $5 a month, you’re closer than you were last month.”

Family Is The Safety Net For Many Young Adults On Pricey Oahu Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Family Is The Safety Net For Many Young Adults On Pricey Oahu

Kristina Ballina wants to move out of her parents’ Honolulu home but at age 28, she doesn’t think she can afford to.

10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii

Adults aged 25 to 34 are facing higher college tuition, higher rents and bigger housing prices than previous generations.

HI-Priced Q&A: Working Full-Time, Part-Time And Freelancing — All For $45K Per Year

HI-Priced Q&A: Working Full-Time, Part-Time And Freelancing — All For $45K Per Year

“I’m 31 years old and people think I shouldn’t be getting help from my parents, but I think that’s a reality that a lot of my generation is facing.”

HI-Priced Q&A: Commuting, Paying For Preschool And Digging Out Of Debt

HI-Priced Q&A: Commuting, Paying For Preschool And Digging Out Of Debt

“If we sold our house and got rid of all our debt and then tried to start afresh, we wouldn’t come back to Hawaii. There would be no way to come back.”

Veggies Really Are  Cheaper In Chinatown — If You Know How To Shop Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Veggies Really Are Cheaper In Chinatown — If You Know How To Shop

The secret to bargain prices: An alternative network of local suppliers, low overhead, selling out daily and less fussiness about the perfect-shaped fruit or vegetable.

How Having A Baby Changed This Couple’s View On Cost Of Living

How Having A Baby Changed This Couple’s View On Cost Of Living

“This is the community that shaped me, that taught me the values that guide my life day to day. I want that for my child.”