Live in Hawaii, where Hawaii lives. The island of Hawaii is alive. Growing daily, with magma hitting the sea twenty four hours per day since 1983, the island of Hawaii is alive in every sense. It has at least thirteen known climate zones, from arid desert to snow and ice atop Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Better known are the coral white beaches, the blended black and white beaches, and the black sand beaches on the Eastern side of the Island. The island of Hawaii has affordable places to live.
Especially since the collapse of the Real Estate Market here in 2008, there are many homes, lots, farms, and businesses available at the lowest prices in decades. The lowest priced areas are in rural Hawaii. This is where there are some farms, former sugar cane areas, and present coffee and macadamia nut orchards.
On the East side of Hawaii is Hilo with a population of approximately This is the rainy, or as they prefer to think of it, the rainbow splashed side, of the island. The very large county area is about 60 square miles. The population density is low, with just over 150,000 on the entire island. Most residents live on the Hilo side. Affordable places to live are found in Puna, and to the south in Ocean View, where one can still by a decent home for less than $100,000. If you want oceanfront, gated security and upscale living, there are a few homes in the sunny Kapoho area that average about $300,000. It is a full hour from Hilo town, and the village of Pahoa, having every amenity, likes it to stay that way. Hawaii is well integrated, there are Caucasions, Asians, and South Pacific Islanders of almost equal numbers here.
On the dry side of the island is Kona. Kona is famous for Kona coffee. Expensive homes, above $200,000 are found in the Kailua kona area. North of Kailua Kona, on the white coast, are where the billionaires park their jets and have their estates. Just to the north and south however, are larger lots, and affordable homes and farms from under $80,000 and up. Beaches are never too far away, but roads are often rough and rugged in the more rural areas.
If you really want to live in the tropics, the cost of living here is high, but the opportunities to take your life off grid are endless. There is ample solar, wind, geo thermal, water, and algae energy to tap into. It is the cost of food and transport that is truly high, but if you are a pioneer willing to give up on the Walmart and Costco type stores, you can grown your own food, generate your own power, and just be prepared to stay put rather than drive all the time.
For those of you who want a frontier existence, it is possible, and affordable in Pahoa, Kapoho, Ocean View, and parts of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.