Hawaii Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking 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 522,731 - at 36.8% 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?

Here are the cities in hawaii with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Waipahu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Ewa Villages (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Royal Kunia (Homes For Sale)
  4. Waipio (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kahului (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ewa Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Urban Honolulu (Homes For Sale)
  8. Mililani Mauka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Pearl City (Homes For Sale)
  10. West Loch Estate (Homes For Sale)

Which city in hawaii had the largest Asian population? Waipahu took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in hawaii for 2020. 65.74% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Hawaii For 2020

Waipahu, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 40,427
% Asian: 65.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,578
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.54%
More on Waipahu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waipahu 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.

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,118
% Asian: 62.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,479
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.38%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,449
% Asian: 61.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,931
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.94%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

Waipio, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,508
% Asian: 55.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,330
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.11%
More on Waipio: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waipio 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.

Kahului, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 32,312
% Asian: 52.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,073
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.75%
More on Kahului: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Beach, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 14,717
% Asian: 52.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,760
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.85%
More on Ewa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 350,003
% Asian: 52.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 182,781
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.46%
More on Urban Honolulu: Real Estate | Data

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 19,955
% Asian: 50.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,173
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.44%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani Mauka is a census-designated place in Honolulu County, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a population of 21,039.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 46,129
% Asian: 50.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,439
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.69%
More on Pearl City: Real Estate | Data

Pearl 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,177
% Asian: 49.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,581
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.66%
More on West Loch Estate: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Cities In hawaii With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 65.7% to 2.7%.

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 Kaneohe Station was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Kaneohe Station
  2. Schofield Barracks
  3. Makaha

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Hawaii

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Waipahu 65.74% 40,427
2 Ewa Villages 62.92% 7,118
3 Royal Kunia 61.81% 14,449
4 Waipio 55.01% 11,508
5 Kahului 52.84% 32,312
6 Ewa Beach 52.73% 14,717
7 Urban Honolulu 52.22% 350,003
8 Mililani Mauka 50.98% 19,955
9 Pearl City 50.81% 46,129
10 West Loch Estate 49.86% 5,177
11 East Honolulu 47.57% 47,770
12 Aiea 47.28% 9,439
13 Waikele 46.59% 7,062
14 Halawa 46.39% 14,640
15 Waimalu 45.55% 13,384
16 Lihue 44.1% 7,381
17 Mililani Town 41.17% 27,926
18 Ewa Gentry 40.54% 25,752
19 Wahiawa 38.69% 17,422
20 Kaneohe 37.03% 33,739
21 Lahaina 36.35% 13,103
22 Waihee-Waiehu 32.84% 8,802
23 Hilo 32.1% 46,284
24 Makakilo 31.46% 20,920
25 Waipio Acres 31.42% 5,443
26 Ocean Pointe 30.95% 14,037
27 Ahuimanu 30.61% 8,239
28 Kapolei 29.95% 21,474
29 Wailuku 28.34% 17,354
30 Pukalani 27.76% 7,769
31 Kapaa 24.0% 10,544
32 Wailua Homesteads 22.51% 5,900
33 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 22.37% 15,268
34 Kihei 21.38% 21,879
35 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 21.21% 11,687
36 Makawao 20.78% 7,570
37 Hawaiian Paradise Park 20.61% 11,479
38 Waimanalo 19.09% 6,135
39 Waikoloa Village 17.92% 6,412
40 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 17.65% 36,662
41 Holualoa 17.06% 9,136
42 Maili 15.41% 10,792
43 Napili-Honokowai 15.17% 7,258
44 Kalaoa 14.37% 11,604
45 Kula 13.59% 7,541
46 Wailea 12.78% 5,656
47 Laie 12.29% 6,111
48 Waianae 11.3% 14,054
49 Hickam Housing 9.86% 9,258
50 Haiku-Pauwela 8.93% 8,061
51 Nanakuli 7.72% 11,742
52 Makaha 7.04% 8,740
53 Schofield Barracks 3.94% 19,796
54 Kaneohe Station 2.68% 11,075

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