cost of living

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Labor Day is meant to be a day of rest for workers across the country. But some Hawaiʻi residents will actually spend it working not just one but two jobs. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Affordable housing got a boost on Maui recently when Governor Ige signed a bill that will help keep rents stable for 142 apartments on Front Street and build more affordable rentals in Lahaina. In the first of a series about housing on Maui, HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports on Maui's struggle to match incomes to housing costs.

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Hawai’i isn’t the only state with a shortage of doctors.  But physicians say lawmakers need to do more to recruit and retain doctors here.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

According to the latest Point in Time Count, homelessness in Hawai‘i is up 4 percent from last year, the 5th consecutive year it’s increased. That’s nearly 8,000 individual stories. HPR’s Molly Solomon has one of them.

Hawaii Ranked Priciest State For Rentals. Again.

Jun 1, 2016
Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston

Hawai‘i residents have to earn $34.22 an hour to afford a two-bedroom rental.  That’s according to a new study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. They ranked Hawaii the most expensive state in the nation when it comes to renting an apartment. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Living Paycheck to Paycheck? Half of Hawaii Does Too.

Mar 30, 2016
Flickr / Edmund Garman
Flickr / Edmund Garman

If you’re a Hawai‘i resident, this may come as no surprise: Hawai‘i is an expensive place to live. A new study highlights that reality and exactly how many of Hawai‘i’s working families are living paycheck to paycheck. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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

May 26, 2014
Molly Solomon
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.