02/26/2015 12:39 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2015

Lower Salaries In The Land Of Higher Costs

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Life on the home-front was pretty good for the Luttrell family for most of the last decade. How could it not be in their small Kaimuki home, with Diamond Head jutting into the sky several blocks away and the awesome waves of the Pacific crashing a little farther south?

Kevin and Lindsay relished Oahu’s temperate weather, the soft sands, the nearby Kapaolono Community Park and the wonderful neighbors with children around the age of their fourth-grade daughter Lauren and their 2-year old son, Liam.

It was expensive — too expensive — but their merciful landlords never increased the rent of $1,750, which is just below the average market price in Honolulu. Adding utilities, their gross rent of $2,200-$2,300 was in line with what most families pay on Oahu.

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