Honolulu, Hawaii

The Big Pineapple

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College Students

Manoa is where the main campus of the UofH is located. Tons of apartments, cafes, cars and restaurants make it and nearby Makiki the centers of off-campus living. While nothing is cheap in Honolulu these neighborhoods have the best options for rentals. Also consider Kahala/DiamondHead although options in this fancier neighborhood are harder to come by.

  • Manoa
  • Makiki
  • Kahala/Diamond Head


Young Professionals

Downtown Honolulu is an obvious first stop for young professionals looking for a place to live. Tons of condo and apartment options within a walk to work from the professional center of the city alongside plenty of food options means an easy work/life balance. Ala Moana is the best option for young professionals who want to be close to downtown but who favor more social options than downtown provides. It’s 10 minutes to Downtown and just 5 minutes to Waikiki Beach but you are also located along Ala Moana Beach Park for daytime play and tons of restaurants and bars for nighttime play.

  • Downtown
  • Ala Moana
  • Waikiki
  • Moilili



Waikiki is the center of the LGBTQ+ community in the Honolulu area. Just 15 minutes from the big city it’s not only where the community lives but also home to Queen’s Surf Beach, the unofficial gay seashore. Daytime brings gay locals and travelers to the beach and the nearby LGBTQ+ bars are a short walk away. Within the city proper the neighborhoods of Hawaii Kai and Makiki draw LGBTQ+ community looking for beautiful homes but without the noise of Waikiki.

  • Waikiki
  • Hawaii Kai
  • Makiki



One of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Honolulu is Kahala. Massive single-family homes on huge lots, line wide beautiful blocks sit on white sand beaches. It isn’t a touristy area so everything is chill here. More modest homes are available off-beach but even these are in great quiet blocks, perfect for raising kids. Add in three beautiful parks with plenty of room for hiking, running, riding and general kid play and you’ve got a premier option for those with the $$$ to spend.

  • Kahala
  • Manoa
  • Hawaii Kai