Here’s How You Can Afford to Live Near the Beach on O‘ahu

Not all oceanfront homes cost $1 million.

It’s possible—you really can live near the ocean on O‘ahu without spending $1 million or more on a home. You’ve got to be willing to rent and, in some cases, remain open to neighborhoods and buildings you may not have considered. Here are a few rentals right on the water we found that are available now.


53-031 Kamehameha Highway

Punaluu home Punaluu home
Photos: Dawn Koopman / Team Real Estate

This single-family Punalu‘u home is located on the ocean just before you reach Kahana Bay driving north. It’s a good size, with 1,100 square feet, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s in a very cute, livable condition, and it really is directly on the water. Contact Dawn Koopman at Team Real Estate for more information. 

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Mākaha Shores

Makaha Shores
Photos: Craigslist

For gorgeous waters and wide beaches, head west, where you can rent an oceanfront studio with a full kitchen and one covered parking stall for $1,500 per month at Mākaha Shores. The ocean couldn’t be any closer, and there’s often killer surf right outside the door.

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Colony Surf 1503

Colony Surf Colony Surf
Photos: Courtesy of HiCentralMLS

The Gold Coast, at the quiet end of Waikīkī, is home to 20 condominium buildings along the water. While prices can be high for the most luxurious of the buildings, there are some more reasonable rents available, too. Colony Surf 1503, listed for rent on the MLS by Pamela Landrum (, is available for $2,600 per month, and has stunning views of the ocean and busy Kaimana Beach. It’s pet friendly, available by month or long-term, and is a 560-square-foot one-bedroom with one parking stall.