Hawaii’s un-affordability is surely the biggest obstacle for most people that want to live here and trust me, it’s a much bigger problem for those are actually living here. It’s a big topic with many dimensions so we’d answer one of your questions and with 3 simple ways the locals try to offset one of the highest cost of living states in the nation.
The question you asked was:
How do normal people afford the cost of living, since the tourist seem to have endless money.
First, tourists don’t have “endless money” and I don’t know how someone can make that assertion, so we skipped that part of the question. But the first part is worth answering, and our local girl Aina wrote this: Top 3 ways Hawaii residents afford the high cost of living or click the button: