What it's like to live on $7.25 an hour in Honolulu

May 26, 2014

Credit Molly Solomon
Philip Wallace works as a parking attendant at ProPark, earning $7.25 an hour, the state's current minimum wage.
Credit Molly Solomon

Hawaii is now officially the third state this year to increase its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill into law Friday, gradually raising it over the next four years. Even with that increase, surviving on a minimum wage job is a challenge. Especially in a state with one of the highest costs of living. HPR’s Molly Solomon spent some time with someone who knows that firsthand.