These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Hawaii

We used science and data to determine which places in Hawaii are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Hawaii?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Hawaii – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Hawaii cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Aloha State:

  1. Makaha (Photos)
  2. Hawaiian Beaches
  3. Maili (Photos)
  4. Waianae
  5. Waimanalo (Photos)
  6. Nanakuli
  7. Hawaiian Paradise Park
  8. Mountain View
  9. Ewa Beach (Photos)
  10. Kahului (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Heeia is the happiest place in Hawaii.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.


How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Hawaii

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Hawaii, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Hawaii with over 3,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 57 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Hawaii’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.


1. Makaha

Makaha, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,663
People Who Own Their Home: 28.96%
Married Adults: 39.87%

2. Hawaiian Beaches

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,467
People Who Own Their Home: 47.59%
Married Adults: 43.54%

3. Maili

Maili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,399
People Who Own Their Home: 46.6%
Married Adults: 49.74%

4. Waianae

Waianae, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,694
People Who Own Their Home: 64.84%
Married Adults: 41.99%

5. Waimanalo

Waimanalo, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,807
People Who Own Their Home: 57.32%
Married Adults: 43.1%

6. Nanakuli

Population: 12,181
People Who Own Their Home: 65.04%
Married Adults: 40.85%

7. Hawaiian Paradise Park

Population: 11,623
People Who Own Their Home: 61.87%
Married Adults: 46.91%

8. Mountain View

Mountain View, Hawaii

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,078
People Who Own Their Home: 53.25%
Married Adults: 41.69%

9. Ewa Beach

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,291
People Who Own Their Home: 63.24%
Married Adults: 46.38%

10. Kahului

Kahului, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,339
People Who Own Their Home: 48.92%
Married Adults: 45.5%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Hawaii

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Makaha 1 28.96%
Hawaiian Beaches 2 47.59%
Maili 3 46.6%
Waianae 4 64.84%
Waimanalo 5 57.32%
Nanakuli 6 65.04%
Hawaiian Paradise Park 7 61.87%
Mountain View 8 53.25%
Ewa Beach 9 63.24%
Kahului 10 48.92%
Whitmore Village 11 53.39%
Wahiawa 12 43.14%
Kapaa 13 48.25%
Lahaina 14 40.55%
Kihei 15 31.18%
Waipahu 16 54.55%
Holualoa 17 42.68%
Makawao 18 45.8%
Pupukea 19 54.09%
Wailuku 20 53.6%
Laie 21 35.81%
Kalaoa 22 58.82%
Hilo 23 55.18%
Waikoloa Village 24 56.08%
Wailea 25 29.64%
Kalaheo 26 47.16%
Waimanalo Beach 27 70.16%
Waialua 28 54.6%
Waipio Acres 29 47.06%
Napili-Honokowai 30 25.63%
Haiku-Pauwela 31 50.65%
Lihue 32 55.16%
Wailua Homesteads 33 63.25%
Kula 34 56.47%
Kahaluu 35 61.37%
Ewa Gentry 36 65.98%
Waihee-Waiehu 37 76.58%
Makakilo 38 66.78%
Waimalu 39 51.87%
Ewa Villages 40 84.8%
Hanamaulu 41 54.69%
Pukalani 42 59.07%
Ahuimanu 43 72.62%
Waipio 44 60.92%
Halawa 45 61.39%
Royal Kunia 46 67.76%
Kaneohe 47 66.37%
Ocean Pointe 48 67.18%
Pearl City 49 70.43%
Kapolei 50 74.71%
West Loch Estate 51 74.07%
Aiea 52 64.38%
Mililani Town 53 74.93%
Waikele 54 65.55%
East Honolulu 55 77.17%
Mililani Mauka 56 75.56%
Heeia 57 88.36%

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.