Costs, When to Pay & Due Dates

If you own or are planning to own a residential property in Hawaii, specifically Honolulu, Oahu you will have to keep a track of paying property taxes on your home. Unlike in other states, the property taxes that are collected in the City and County of Honolulu are used for public servants like firefighters, police, lifeguards, and emergency services, along with parks and refuse services.

The property taxes for homes in Honolulu, Hawaii can be classified in three categories. These categories are Residential, Residential A and Hotel & Resort.

1. Residential: is 0.35% of the assessed value of the property.

This rate applies to any property where the owner is able to claim home exemption, regardless of the assessed value of the property. An owner is able to claim home exemption if the property is the owner’s primary residence.

Proof of primary residence can be proven by the following:

  • Showing evidence that the residence has been lived in for 270 days or more per calendar year.
  • Evidence that the owner is registered to vote in Honolulu.
  • The owner can file an income tax return as a resident of the State of Hawaii.

Homeowners who are able to successfully claim home exemption will benefit by having $80,000 deducted from the assessed value of the property and the homeowner will pay taxes on the balance after deduction. The amount increases to $120,000 for homeowners who are 65 years or older.

2. Residential A: is a two tiered tax rate.

0.45% of the assessed value of the property that’s up to 1 million and 0.9% of the assessed value for properties above 1 million.

Residential A applies to a property where the owner has not claimed the home exemption and the total assessed value is 1 million or greater.

3. Hotel & Resort: is 1.29% of the assessed value of the property.

This property tax rate for owners who have a vacation rental property (short-term rentals). Owners of condos that are classified as a hotel or a resort who doesn’t run a short term vacation rental can apply for a dedication to Residential and if approved can lower the owner’s tax rate.

Due Dates for Property Taxes in Honolulu

In Honolulu, Oahu the fiscal year for property taxes will run from July 1st to June 30th of the following year and those taxes will be due in two even payments.

First Installment is due on August 20th (covers the July 1st to December 31st taxes) with the bill mailed out to property owners in July.

Second Installment is due on February 20th (covers January 1st to June 30th taxes) with the bill mailed out in January.

If either due date falls on a holiday, Saturday or Sunday, the payment deadline is then extended to the next business day. The payment for property taxes can be paid all at once during the first installment due date if an owner does not want to wait for the second installment deadline.

For late payments on property taxes, a penalty will be assessed at an interest rate of 1% for each month that passes without a payment made.

How to Pay Honolulu Property Taxes

The State of Hawaii offers property owners four convenient ways to pay their taxes, the following ways are as follows:

  1. Online: www.hnlpay.com
    1. Though there is a 2.35% fee for credit, Visa and Mastercard payments.
  2. By Phone:
    1. Owners can call toll free: 1 (877) 309 - 9117
  3. With a Check:
    1. Payment via check must be issued to the “City & County of Honolulu” and mailed to the following address:
      City & County of Honolulu

Real Property Tax Collection, Division of Treasury

PO Box 4200, Honolulu, HI 96812-4200

4. In Person:

  1. Owners can pay in person with cash or check by visiting:

City Hall, Division of Treasury

530 South King Street #115, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Office Hours: Monday - Friday (except holidays) 7:50AM - 4:15PM