Best Place to Live on Oahu?

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Rocky shore between Sandy Beach and Makapu’u – on northeast coast of Oahu

Oahu island is the most populated of the Hawaiian island chain, and the one on which most people choose to make a home – at least when they first arrive. Oahu has the things that people usually need – shopping, great places to eat, things to do, and some excellent natural spots as well. Oahu basically has it all.

This will of course be my own idea of the best place to live on Oahu, and also will take into account my annual income and family situation, and all of the other hundred things that go into my decision to call the best place on the island of Oahu – the best. What is right for me – may not be right for you. Ok, did I qualify this post enough yet?

I like living on the edge of activity like shopping and nightlife, restaurants – but not in the middle of it. If I was single, I’d live in the middle of it in Waikiki – but, I have a wife and child, so I would rather live on the edge.

I think the best place to live on Oahu is a safe place to live. In general, Oahu is pretty safe. There are areas to avoid, and of course I avoid them when I can. Waikiki or the area around, is generally pretty safe. I’d choose to live close to Waikiki though. There are many people and help is just a shout away. Not that I’ve ever needed help before, but you know… the family and all.

Rainbows are common on Oahu. Here is one over Ala Moana Park.

Though I like living on the edge of activity like shopping and other things like that, I like to live close to where I can have physical activity. I like running at Ala Moana Beach Park. I like bodyboarding and surfing in Waikiki at WALLS and bodysurfing at Point Panic. I like running along the Ala Wai canal at night and then going around Kapiolani Park as well (see map). If you haven’t done it – go see what I’m talking about. Running toward Oahu’s famed Diamond Head Volcano at night with a full moon is a religious experience, minus the religion. Ahhhh, nice…

So, where would I live as the best place on Oahu? See the green marker on the map below. See the swimmers’ icons for places to bodyboard and swim. See the paths laid out for where to run in Ala Moana and along the Ala Wai Canal.

I’d live at 400 Hobron Lane in one of the rentable condos. They are expensive, but then everything in a safe place and near the action on Oahu is rather expensive. I love it because it’s close to the beaches and good places to run. The traffic isn’t such a nightmare, and I love the rooftop pool and BBQ area. No, I don’t know anyone renting a place there now – I’ve lived there in the past and found it really comfortable. Here’s a link to a realtor advertising a place located in the building – I’m not recommending it – just showing you the inside of the building, and you’ll especially love the top of the building! 400 Hobron.

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About the Author:

I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.


  1. Doug 03/22/2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I’ve planed to retire in Honolulu by the end of 2016. At the mid of this April, I shall be in Honolulu to check it out. Where and what I should look for? Thank you in advance.

  2. Diana Vaughan-Jones 03/13/2012 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Aloha Vern:

    I just found your blog. I am moving to Oahu on April 5, 2012. I have a job already at Pali Momi Medical Center. I was wondering if where you live is convenient to the Medical Center? I am hoping to find a a furnished place that is not more than 15 miles from the Medical Center and the rent is no higher than $1800.

    Mahalo for any assistance you can give me.


    • Vern 03/13/2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      It probably seems like I live in Hawaii, but, no… I’ve been in Thailand for 7 years after I moved from Hawaii to here. I think your best bet is Craigslist. Also post in the housing wanted section to see if anyone is looking through there for possible renters. Good luck! Aloha!

  3. Trish 08/05/2011 at 8:29 am - Reply

    My husband and I are wanting to move to Oahu. Who would we need to contact to know what all is involved with finding a home, a job and getting our vehicle and items there?

    • Vern 08/05/2011 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Trish! Great that you’re moving… here is a guy I know from my site – Seems like a good guy! Maybe start there – I’m sure he has the whole process down.

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