Thinking of retiring in Hawaii on a limited budget? Retire in Waikiki.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Hawaii

Have you visited Waikiki several times and have visions of retiring here?

Here, where the lifestyle can be easy, and you can do it on a limited budget? For example:

1. Waikiki is a place that never sleeps, or at least there is always something to do from morning until late at night. Retirees like to chat with others who have their same interests and have time on their hands.

2. Waikiki Beach is crowded, but you like it that way. So you pick your time to be out there, say, in the mornings when it's still cool and in the evenings around sunset. You can walk anonymously around by yourself, or easily find someone to talk to. 

3. Waikiki has a lot of free entertainment, all you need to do is walk down Kalakaua Avenue or along the shore past hotels in the evening. The Hawaiian music is soothing and the dancers talented.

4. Waikiki Beach is free as long as you take your own beach gear. As long as you are not on certain stretches of beach right next to the hotels where lounges etc. have been set up for their guests, you can sit anywhere. Access to the beach is the law in Hawaii.

5. Waikiki has a wide variety of small snack places that sell all the foods that you are used to plus a lot of international foods. Take-out is my favorite, then you can sit anywhere and enjoy it.

6. Waikiki's retiree wardrobe consists of as little as a shirt, shorts, bathing suit and flip-flops. No, ladies, you are never too old to wear shorts on the street! Don't you love it!

7. Waikiki's mode of transportation is "TheBus" for $1 per trip with a Medicare card. In fact, that will take you all the way around the island. But when you live here, you can buy an annual card for a set fee. That will probably take it down even further. 

8. Although Ala Moana Shopping Center is just outside of Waikiki and is getting known for their upscale boutique shops, it is still the place to shop for Waikiki retirees. There is Foodland for groceries, the Post Office, and Long's Drugs. The center has free entertainment scheduled frequently. A food court with a huge variety of meals.  There's  even a Satellite City Hall. You can spend many happy hours for free here.

10. Condominium living is what you do in Waikiki. Costwise, it can be quite low or extremely high, depending on ownership (fee simple or leasehold), what building and what floor and view in that building, and how close it is to the ocean. Many condos can be put into a rental pool for those times retirees are not using them, which covers some if not all of the overhead. This is where you need advice from a professional real estate broker such as myself.

Today, there are 108 ACTIVE LISTINGS on the MLS between $100,000 & $250,000. Click here.

Yes, I have lived and worked in Waikiki. And I would see those wonderful healthy looking retirees head for "their" spot on the beach every day, or go for a swim or just walk along the ocean while I was on my way to work. Oh, yes, I was envious of their freedom to enjoy all that Waikiki has to offer.

This next week, I am going to preview several Waikiki condominiums, just so you can see what you can get for your money.

Call me if you have thought about a WAIKIKI LIFESTYLE IN YOUR RETIREMENT. I can help you fulfill that dream.

My direct cell 808-226-1095.

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

Tel. 808-226-1095 or 831-626-4000 

Fax 1-877-822-9332

HAWAII OFFICE: 1128 Ala Napunani Street, #1809, Honolulu, HI 96818

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MAILING: P.O. Box 4554, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921


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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hella, I am shocked that it can be that affordable. If I decide to check out that option you will be the one I call.

Jul 26, 2013 01:47 PM #1
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Great list. Amazing there are that many low-priced places to live. Maybe I really will move there.

Jul 26, 2013 06:44 PM #2
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Outstand job promoting this area and everything you shared sure does make sense. Your photos sure so market a mood and as you said, an affordable one.

Make it a great weekend!

Jul 26, 2013 06:49 PM #3
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Debbie: Living in Hawaii doesn't have to be expensive. Many retirees end up hiding away somewhere, but here you can have an active lifestyle.

Brad: I see it all the time, retirees having a great time.

Joe: It may not be for all retirees, but the ones I see, look blissfully happy--and active.

Jul 27, 2013 01:59 AM #4
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hella, At that price point Waikiki is affordable.  I must say, I am surprised.  It certainly is a happening island compared to many others.  You are the one to call ... you know the lay of the land and can help home buyers and sellings in all price ranges. 

Jul 27, 2013 02:18 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Hella, we love Hawaii and the ability to be at the beach anytime and being so casual all the time. Great post on Waikiki..suggested.

Jul 27, 2013 03:15 AM #6
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Kathleen: It can be surprisingly affordable living in Hawaii.

Rebecca: Many people who live here don't own a suit. Even downtown, it's "casual Friday" on Fridays. Too fun.

Jul 27, 2013 05:25 PM #7
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