These Are The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second 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 526,199 – 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 2019:

  1. Waipahu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Royal Kunia (Homes For Sale)
  3. Ewa Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Urban Honolulu (Homes For Sale)
  5. Waipio (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ewa Villages (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Pearl City (Homes For Sale)
  8. Kahului (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mililani Mauka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. East Honolulu (Photos | 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 2019. 64.99% 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 65.0% to 3.0%.

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.

Waipahu, HI

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,715
% Asian: 64.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 27,109
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.55%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,396
% Asian: 57.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,267
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.32%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

Ewa Beach, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,047
% Asian: 55.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,279
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.2%
More on Ewa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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8
/10

Population: 350,788
% Asian: 53.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 185,992
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.28%
More on Urban Honolulu: Real Estate | Data

Waipio, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,607
% Asian: 52.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,141
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.91%
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.

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,087
% Asian: 52.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,264
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.98%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 46,259
% Asian: 51.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,596
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.05%
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.

Kahului, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 30,706
% Asian: 50.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,435
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.01%
More on Kahului: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,393
% Asian: 49.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,159
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.31%
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.

East Honolulu, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,868
% Asian: 48.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,391
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.62%
More on East Honolulu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Nanakuli

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Hawaii

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Waipahu 64.99% 41,715
2 Royal Kunia 57.43% 14,396
3 Ewa Beach 55.02% 15,047
4 Urban Honolulu 53.02% 350,788
5 Waipio 52.91% 11,607
6 Ewa Villages 52.73% 8,087
7 Pearl City 51.01% 46,259
8 Kahului 50.27% 30,706
9 Mililani Mauka 49.82% 20,393
10 East Honolulu 48.87% 47,868
11 Halawa 47.88% 14,335
12 Aiea 47.85% 9,332
13 Waikele 47.64% 7,446
14 Waimalu 47.52% 13,158
15 Lihue 41.99% 7,064
16 Wahiawa 41.12% 17,555
17 Mililani Town 41.03% 28,343
18 Ewa Gentry 39.07% 24,181
19 Lahaina 38.05% 13,223
20 Kaneohe 36.83% 34,123
21 Waihee-Waiehu 35.87% 9,017
22 Makakilo 33.06% 20,615
23 Ahuimanu 32.83% 8,085
24 Hilo 32.08% 45,703
25 Wailuku 30.37% 16,995
26 Kapolei 30.01% 21,086
27 Waipio Acres 28.79% 5,432
28 Wailua Homesteads 28.69% 6,212
29 Ocean Pointe 27.82% 13,579
30 Pukalani 25.2% 8,340
31 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 23.77% 14,140
32 Kapaa 22.96% 10,505
33 Hawaiian Paradise Park 22.67% 11,564
34 Kihei 20.66% 22,220
35 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 20.56% 12,064
36 Makawao 19.85% 6,832
37 Napili-Honokowai 19.6% 7,311
38 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 18.73% 38,088
39 Waimanalo 17.36% 6,578
40 Waikoloa Village 16.73% 6,014
41 Kula 15.47% 7,520
42 Maili 15.39% 10,190
43 Waianae 14.18% 13,636
44 Holualoa 13.15% 8,732
45 Wailea 11.19% 5,602
46 Laie 11.06% 6,168
47 Kalaoa 10.56% 11,107
48 Makaha 9.59% 8,832
49 Haiku-Pauwela 7.9% 7,420
50 Hickam Housing 7.33% 8,931
51 Nanakuli 6.9% 11,757
52 Kaneohe Station 4.06% 11,198
53 Schofield Barracks 2.97% 20,229

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