These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii For 2018


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Urban Honolulu and East Honolulu, while others want peace and quiet like in Kahaluu and Hawaiian Beaches, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Hawaii have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Aloha State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Hawaii for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Ocean Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Schofield Barracks (Homes For Sale)
  3. Kapolei (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hawaiian Paradise Park (Homes For Sale)
  5. Hanamaulu (Homes For Sale)
  6. Kalaoa (Homes For Sale)
  7. Hickam Housing (Homes For Sale)
  8. Kahului (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Makakilo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lahaina (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Ocean Pointe, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Hawaii are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Aloha State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 58 Hawaii cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Aloha State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Hawaii with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in hawaii

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1. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, Hawaii

Population: 12,274
Population 2010: 6,078
Growth Rate: 101.94%
Absolute Growth: 6,196
More on Ocean Pointe: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Schofield Barracks

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,330
Population 2010: 12,044
Growth Rate: 68.8%
Absolute Growth: 8,286
More on Schofield Barracks: Homes For Sale

3. Kapolei

Kapolei, Hawaii

Population: 19,206
Population 2010: 12,043
Growth Rate: 59.48%
Absolute Growth: 7,163
More on Kapolei: Homes For Sale | Data
Kapolei is a master-planned community in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, on the island of Oahu. It is colloquially known as the “second city” of Oahu, in relation to Honolulu. Officially, it is a census-designated place (CDP) within the consolidated city-county of Honolulu.

4. Hawaiian Paradise Park


Population: 11,787
Population 2010: 7,842
Growth Rate: 50.31%
Absolute Growth: 3,945
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Hanamaulu


Population: 5,039
Population 2010: 3,891
Growth Rate: 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,148
More on Hanamaulu: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Kalaoa


Population: 11,198
Population 2010: 8,669
Growth Rate: 29.17%
Absolute Growth: 2,529
More on Kalaoa: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Hickam Housing

Hickam Housing, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,954
Population 2010: 7,011
Growth Rate: 27.71%
Absolute Growth: 1,943
More on Hickam Housing: Homes For Sale

8. Kahului

Kahului, Hawaii

Population: 30,164
Population 2010: 24,712
Growth Rate: 22.06%
Absolute Growth: 5,452
More on Kahului: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Makakilo

Makakilo, Hawaii

Population: 20,353
Population 2010: 17,116
Growth Rate: 18.91%
Absolute Growth: 3,237
More on Makakilo: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Lahaina

Lahaina, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,675
Population 2010: 10,678
Growth Rate: 18.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,997
More on Lahaina: Homes For Sale | Data
Lhain is the largest census-designated place (CDP) in West Maui, Maui County, Hawaii, United States, and includes the districts Ka’anapali and Kapalua beach resorts and they receive their mail adressed to Lahaina. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a resident population of 11,704. Lahaina encompasses the coast along Hawaii Route 30 from a tunnel at the south end, through Olowalu, and to the CDP of Napili-Honokowai to the north. During the tourist season, the population can swell to nearly 40,000 people.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Hawaii are led by Ocean Pointe which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Ocean Pointe 12,274 6,078 6,196 101.9%
2 Schofield Barracks 20,330 12,044 8,286 68.8%
3 Kapolei 19,206 12,043 7,163 59.5%
4 Hawaiian Paradise Park 11,787 7,842 3,945 50.3%
5 Hanamaulu 5,039 3,891 1,148 29.5%
6 Kalaoa 11,198 8,669 2,529 29.2%
7 Hickam Housing 8,954 7,011 1,943 27.7%
8 Kahului 30,164 24,712 5,452 22.1%
9 Makakilo 20,353 17,116 3,237 18.9%
10 Lahaina 12,675 10,678 1,997 18.7%
11 Hawaiian Beaches 5,035 4,258 777 18.2%
12 Ewa Villages 7,568 6,477 1,091 16.8%
13 Makaha 8,934 7,713 1,221 15.8%
14 Kahaluu 5,009 4,392 617 14.0%
15 Aiea 9,594 8,417 1,177 14.0%
16 Maili 8,943 8,065 878 10.9%
17 Kihei 21,964 19,855 2,109 10.6%
18 Wailua Homesteads 5,987 5,427 560 10.3%
19 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 10,770 9,776 994 10.2%
20 Kula 7,326 6,720 606 9.0%
21 Kaneohe Station 11,072 10,191 881 8.6%
22 Ewa Gentry 23,168 21,476 1,692 7.9%
23 Kalaheo 5,099 4,766 333 7.0%
24 Kapaa 10,753 10,060 693 6.9%
25 Waianae 13,426 12,639 787 6.2%
26 Pearl City 47,241 44,502 2,739 6.2%
27 Urban Honolulu 349,597 330,749 18,848 5.7%
28 Napili-Honokowai 6,856 6,561 295 4.5%
29 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 13,617 13,059 558 4.3%
30 Wailuku 16,179 15,525 654 4.2%
31 Halawa 14,455 13,884 571 4.1%
32 Waipahu 41,590 40,221 1,369 3.4%
33 Pukalani 8,332 8,075 257 3.2%
34 Wahiawa 17,696 17,208 488 2.8%
35 Kaneohe 35,065 34,401 664 1.9%
36 Laie 5,782 5,673 109 1.9%
37 Waikoloa Village 6,292 6,176 116 1.9%
38 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 38,514 38,541 -27 -0.1%
39 Waikele 7,648 7,693 -45 -0.6%
40 Ewa Beach 15,165 15,294 -129 -0.8%
41 Waihee-Waiehu 9,177 9,265 -88 -0.9%
42 East Honolulu 47,957 49,016 -1,059 -2.2%
43 Mililani Mauka 20,322 20,798 -476 -2.3%
44 Lihue 7,196 7,387 -191 -2.6%
45 Holualoa 9,439 9,703 -264 -2.7%
46 Mililani Town 28,460 29,542 -1,082 -3.7%
47 Waimanalo 6,296 6,581 -285 -4.3%
48 Nanakuli 12,042 12,654 -612 -4.8%
49 Waimalu 13,478 14,163 -685 -4.8%
50 Haiku-Pauwela 7,564 8,021 -457 -5.7%
51 West Loch Estate 5,183 5,501 -318 -5.8%
52 Hilo 45,579 48,795 -3,216 -6.6%
53 Royal Kunia 14,424 15,591 -1,167 -7.5%
54 Makawao 6,362 6,905 -543 -7.9%
55 Waipio 11,554 12,583 -1,029 -8.2%
56 Waipio Acres 5,169 5,686 -517 -9.1%
57 Wailea 5,833 6,483 -650 -10.0%
58 Ahuimanu 8,312 9,760 -1,448 -14.8%

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