Two-bedrooms: $1,500 and under

So what does $1,500 get you these days in the Honolulu rental market? When I first started looking, I didn’t expect to find much.

As it turns out, if you're a single person or a couple, life is good—there are lots of studio and one-bedroom apartments to rent for under $1,500 on Oahu. There are even a few for under $1,000.

But what about families and roommates looking for larger living spaces? The selection of  two-bedrooms under $1,500 slims down considerably, especially if you’re looking in town. Your best bets are on Keeaumoku, and in the Kalihi, Makiki and McCully areas.

For example, here's a McCully Circle apartment available for $1,425. It has two bedrooms, one bath, secured entry and covered parking. Since street parking can be hard to come by in that neighborhood, a dedicated parking stall is a definite plus.

If you want something more private, with easier street parking, there’s a two-bedroom cottage in Kaneohe available to rent for $1,400.

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Violet Street

There’s also a two-bedroom duplex apartment on Violet Street in Kalihi Valley for $1,250. Bonus: A small dog or cat is negotiable.

If heading west is an option, here’s a two-bedroom townhome in Waipio Gentry for $1,500. Bonus: Washer and dryer in the unit. 

Need something even larger? Good luck. Aside from student housing and low-income rentals, I only found one three-bedroom for $1,500. It’s in Kaneohe, and judging from the description on Craigslist, it’s part of a house and it doesn’t have a real kitchen: “Private cooking area is on the patio (more like an outdoor kitchen).”

More rental listings are available on the Honolulu Board of Realtors website at