Because the cost of travel continues to increase, more travelers are choosing condominium hotels, vacation rentals, vacation club properties, or hospitality services such as Airbnb rather than standard hotels and resorts. One of the main reasons visitors choose this type of accommodation is because they have the ability to cook some—if not all—meals in their rental unit. This can save a considerable amount of money versus the high cost of dining out for three meals a day.
Once visitors who have rented this type of accommodation arrive in Hawaii, they search out the nearest Walmart and big-box stores so they can stock up for the week or two that they'll be staying on the islands. One of the most popular of these stores in Hawaii is Costco. Hawaii Costco locations include four on Oahu and one each on Hawaii Island ("the Big Island"), Kauai, and Maui.
Founded in 1983 in Seattle, Costco is one of the largest retail companies in the world. Costco operates 749 wholesale warehouses worldwide with 519 locations in 44 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. As of 2018, its membership totals more than 92 million cardholders and it has an annual revenue of $126 billion.
The Iwilei (Honolulu) Costco is located just off of the Nimitz Highway between downtown Honolulu and Honolulu International Airport. This location has often ranked as the busiest Costco in the world. An alternative is to take the Kalanianaole Highway (72) east from Waikiki to the Hawaii Kai Costco location.
For visitors staying in the Ko Olina Resort area, however, the Kapolei Costco is the closest. It's less than 5 miles (10 minutes) away, just south of the H1 (Queen Liliuokalani Highway) exit 1 heading back toward the airport.
The Waipio Costco location listed below is near residential areas in central Oahu, which is not particularly convenient for island visitors.
Iwilei (Honolulu) Costco Wholesale Warehouse
525 Alakawa St.
Iwilei, HI 96817-5764
Hawaii Kai Costco Wholesale Warehouse
333A Keahole St.
Honolulu, HI 96825-3404
Kapolei Costco Wholesale Warehouse
4589 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI 96707-1879
Waipio Costco Wholesale Warehouse
94-1231 Ka Uka Blvd.
Waipahu, HI 96797-4495
Hawaii (The Big Island)
On Hawaii, the Costco warehouse is located in Kailua-Kona on the western side of the island. The Kailua-Kona Costco is about 5 miles (10 minutes) south of Keahole-Kona International Airport just off the Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
Kona Costco Wholesale Warehouse
73-5600 Maiau St.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2630
On Kauai, there is one centrally located Costco Wholesale Warehouse. The Lihue Costco is just off the Kaumualii Highway (50) near the Kukui Grove Shopping Center, less than 5 miles (12 minutes) west of the Lihue Airport. Whether you're staying on the island's north shore, east coast, or sunny south shore, you're sure to pass through Lihue as you tour the island.
Kauai Costco Wholesale Warehouse
4300 Nuhou St.
Lihue, HI 96766-8002
The Maui Costco is at the intersection of Dairy Road and Haleakala Highway, just outside the property of Kahului Airport, which makes it convenient for island visitors get to as soon as they get off the plane and pick up a rental car. Maui has more condominium hotels and resorts and vacation club units than any other island in Hawaii, so in addition to Costco, there are other big-box stores off Dairy Road where visitors can stock up on provisions.
Maui Costco Wholesale Warehouse
540 Haleakala Highway
Kahului, HI 96732-2302
Additional Cost-Saving Tip
With the high cost of gasoline in Hawaii, visitors should keep in mind that Hawaii Costco locations (except the Hawaii Kai and Maui locations) sell gasoline to members that is usually at least 20 to 30 cents less a gallon than you'll find at regular gas stations.