10 Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Hawaii is 523,697 – at 37.0% of the total population of Hawaii.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across Hawaii? Which cities and towns in Hawaii have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Waipahu (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Royal Kunia (Jobs)
  3. Ewa Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Waipio (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Aiea (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Urban Honolulu (Jobs)
  7. Waikele (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Pearl City (Jobs)
  9. Ewa Villages (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Waimalu (Jobs)

Which city in Hawaii had the largest Asian population?

Waipahu took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Hawaii for 2018. 64.02% of Waipahu identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Hawaii ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the most diverse places in Hawaii.

How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Asian Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Hawaii.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 54 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 64.0% to 3.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Waipahu took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Schofield Barracks was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Waipahu

Waipahu, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 41,590
% Asian: 64.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,626
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.73%
More on Waipahu: Write A Review | Data | JobsWaipahu is a former sugarcane plantation town and now census-designated place located in the Ewa District on the island of Oahu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP population was 38,216. The U.S. postal code for Waipahu is 96797.

2. Royal Kunia


Population: 14,424
% Asian: 57.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,341
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.28%
More on Royal Kunia: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

3. Ewa Beach

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Population: 15,165
% Asian: 56.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,517
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.57%
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4. Waipio

Waipio, Hawaii

Population: 11,554
% Asian: 53.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,188
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.7%
More on Waipio: Write A Review | Data | JobsWaipio is a census-designated place located in the Ewa District of the island of Oahu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, wai pio means “curved water”. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 11,674.

5. Aiea

Aiea, Hawaii

Population: 9,594
% Asian: 53.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,087
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.19%
More on Aiea: Write A Review | Data | JobsAiea is a census-designated place located in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 9,338.

6. Urban Honolulu


Population: 349,597
% Asian: 52.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 184,802
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.37%
More on Urban Honolulu: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

7. Waikele

Waikele, Hawaii

Population: 7,648
% Asian: 52.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,022
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.16%
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8. Pearl City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 47,241
% Asian: 51.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,477
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.51%
More on Pearl City: Write A Review | Data | JobsPearl City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in the Ewa District and City & County of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 47,698. Pearl City is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor. Aiea borders Pearl City to the east, while Waipahu borders the west. The U.S. postal code for Pearl City is 96782.

9. Ewa Villages

Ewa Villages, Hawaii

Population: 7,568
% Asian: 51.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,899
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.11%
More on Ewa Villages: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

10. Waimalu


Population: 13,478
% Asian: 50.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,830
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.86%
More on Waimalu: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Hawaii

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Hawaii according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Hawaii:

  1. Schofield Barracks
  2. Kaneohe Station
  3. Hickam Housing

For more Hawaii reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Hawaii

City Rank % Asian Population
Waipahu 1 64.02% 41,590
Royal Kunia 2 57.83% 14,424
Ewa Beach 3 56.16% 15,165
Waipio 4 53.56% 11,554
Aiea 5 53.02% 9,594
Urban Honolulu 6 52.86% 349,597
Waikele 7 52.59% 7,648
Pearl City 8 51.81% 47,241
Ewa Villages 9 51.52% 7,568
Waimalu 10 50.68% 13,478
West Loch Estate 11 50.2% 5,183
Kahului 12 49.0% 30,164
Mililani Mauka 13 48.87% 20,322
East Honolulu 14 48.64% 47,957
Halawa 15 48.63% 14,455
Lihue 16 42.7% 7,196
Mililani Town 17 41.31% 28,460
Wahiawa 18 40.82% 17,696
Lahaina 19 40.51% 12,675
Ewa Gentry 20 38.01% 23,168
Waihee-Waiehu 21 37.25% 9,177
Kaneohe 22 37.06% 35,065
Ahuimanu 23 33.22% 8,312
Hilo 24 32.42% 45,579
Wailua Homesteads 25 31.47% 5,987
Wailuku 26 30.98% 16,179
Makakilo 27 30.61% 20,353
Kapolei 28 30.11% 19,206
Waipio Acres 29 28.98% 5,169
Pukalani 30 26.08% 8,332
Hawaiian Paradise Park 31 26.08% 11,787
Ocean Pointe 32 25.66% 12,274
Kapaa 33 20.7% 10,753
Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 34 20.34% 13,617
Napili-Honokowai 35 19.73% 6,856
Makawao 36 19.6% 6,362
Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 37 19.31% 38,514
Holualoa 38 18.18% 9,439
Waimanalo 39 17.31% 6,296
Kihei 40 16.48% 21,964
Waianae 41 14.99% 13,426
Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 42 14.33% 10,770
Kula 43 13.4% 7,326
Maili 44 13.4% 8,943
Waikoloa Village 45 12.97% 6,292
Laie 46 12.12% 5,782
Wailea 47 10.53% 5,833
Kalaoa 48 8.97% 11,198
Makaha 49 8.91% 8,934
Haiku-Pauwela 50 7.83% 7,564
Nanakuli 51 6.04% 12,042
Hickam Housing 52 5.91% 8,954
Kaneohe Station 53 4.0% 11,072
Schofield Barracks 54 3.28% 20,330

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