What You Can Rent For $3,000 in Honolulu

Every month, we look at rental rates across O‘ahu. This month: Hawai‘i Kai, Kailua and ‘Ewa Beach.

Even though $3,000 per month is a chunk of change to spend on rent, many of us do. To put it in perspective, it’s the equivalent of a $725,000 purchase with today’s interest rates and a 20 percent down payment. This week we continue our look at our busy rental market. If you’re searching, you know it’s very competitive out there. In addition to Craigslist, where properties get snatched up quickly, Realtors have access to rental listings at MLS, and many work specifically with rental properties, so consider reaching out to one if you’re frustrated.


The following are a sampling of what’s available now in Honolulu and surrounding areas. Which one would you choose?


Surfer’s Paradise

Photos: Courtesy of hicentral


For $3,000 plus tax and a cleaning fee, you can wake up to stunning views of the surf in a furnished Colony Surf studio. The studio, #403, was remodeled just three years ago, has parking and all utilities included. It’s 540 square feet in size and is direct oceanfront for those that want to live the Waikīkī lifestyle. All utilities, including wireless internet, are included in rent. Minimum six-month lease. The property is available through Gold Coast Properties.


Suburban Living


For $3,000 plus tax in Hawai‘i Kai, you get a pet-friendly attached ‘ohana unit on Mariner’s Ridge. It’s a three-bedroom, one-bath, 800-square-foot remodeled unit high on the ridge with stone floors, a walk-in rain shower, and decks that back up to the mountain. The rent includes all utilities, including internet. The owners want a long-term tenant but could be convinced to do a shorter term if the tenant pays transient tax. Available in September. 


Kailua House


Kailua’s Olomana neighborhood is near Castle Hospital, which makes it desirable not only for the cute community feel, but for the quick commute to Downtown or Kailua. You can get a good-size three-bedroom, two-bath home for $2,900 per month. Rent includes yard service, tenant pays all other utilities. The home is on a 7,500-square-foot lot, has a nice covered patio and yard, and is located in a family-friendly community with a park and playground within walking distance to all of the homes. The house is available now for a year minimum lease.

MLS #201611388


Go West


If you work in ‘Ewa or Kapolei, or you’re willing to trade time on the road for space, you can get more bedrooms in ‘Ewa Beach for $3,000 per month. This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at ‘Ewa Gentry Soda Creek is 2,300 square feet in size and was remodeled in 2015. To rent the home on Puaina Place, proof of renter’s insurance is included, as is a yearlong lease.

MLS# 201612956