Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii For 2020


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in Hawaii.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Hawaii.


Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven't dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it's not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of Hawaii where there's a high level of diversity -- where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 56 cities in Hawaii from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Hawaii? According to the most Census data, Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) took the number one over all spot for diversity in Hawaii.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Hawaii ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Hawaii For 2020

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 15,268

HHI: 2,056
% White: 26.7%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 22.4%
More on Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County): PhotosData

Maili, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,792

HHI: 2,093
% White: 12.4%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 15.4%
More on Maili: PhotosData

Wailuku, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 17,354

HHI: 2,112
% White: 19.7%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 28.3%
More on Wailuku: PhotosData

Wailuku is a census-designated place in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 15,313 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Maui County.

Makakilo, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,920

HHI: 2,148
% White: 20.2%
% African American: 5.1%
% Asian: 31.5%
More on Makakilo: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,479

HHI: 2,233
% White: 32.0%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 20.6%
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Data

Makaha, HI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,740

HHI: 2,238
% White: 15.2%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 7.0%
More on Makaha: PhotosData

Laie, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,111

HHI: 2,268
% White: 28.4%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 12.3%
More on Laie: PhotosData

Laie is a census-designated place located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, lie means "ie leaf". The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census.

Waihee-Waiehu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,802

HHI: 2,279
% White: 15.5%
% African American: 0.3%
% Asian: 32.8%
More on Waihee-Waiehu: PhotosData

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,037

HHI: 2,289
% White: 26.2%
% African American: 3.6%
% Asian: 31.0%
More on Ocean Pointe: PhotosData

Kapolei, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,474

HHI: 2,330
% White: 9.9%
% African American: 0.8%
% Asian: 29.9%
More on Kapolei: PhotosData

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 within the consolidated city-county of Honolulu.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Hawaii 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 56 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 2,056 (Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)) to 4,677 (Waipahu).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Waipahu was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii ranked for diversity 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 - Diversity Across Hawaii

If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across Hawaii, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Hawaii:

  1. Waipahu
  2. Wailea
  3. Ewa Villages

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 15,268 2,056
2 Maili, HI 10,792 2,093
3 Wailuku, HI 17,354 2,112
4 Makakilo, HI 20,920 2,148
5 Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 11,479 2,233
6 Makaha, HI 8,740 2,238
7 Laie, HI 6,111 2,268
8 Waihee-Waiehu, HI 8,802 2,279
9 Ocean Pointe, HI 14,037 2,289
10 Kapolei, HI 21,474 2,330
11 Makawao, HI 7,570 2,346
12 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 11,687 2,369
13 Ahuimanu, HI 8,239 2,374
14 Waipio Acres, HI 5,443 2,381
15 Pukalani, HI 7,769 2,415
16 Waianae, HI 14,054 2,457
17 Hilo, HI 46,284 2,464
18 Lahaina, HI 13,103 2,464
19 Waimanalo, HI 6,135 2,530
20 Wahiawa, HI 17,422 2,550
21 Ewa Gentry, HI 25,752 2,592
22 Kalaoa, HI 11,604 2,592
23 Kalaheo, HI 5,224 2,594
24 Kaneohe, HI 33,739 2,692
25 Mililani Town, HI 27,926 2,744
26 Kapaa, HI 10,544 2,765
27 Waikoloa Village, HI 6,412 2,787
28 Wailua Homesteads, HI 5,900 2,831
29 Kihei, HI 21,879 2,832
30 Schofield Barracks, HI 19,796 2,834
31 Waimalu, HI 13,384 2,836
32 Halawa, HI 14,640 2,911
33 Lihue, HI 7,381 2,917
34 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County), HI 36,662 2,942
35 Waikele, HI 7,062 3,064
36 Aiea, HI 9,439 3,085
37 Nanakuli, HI 11,742 3,097
38 Napili-Honokowai, HI 7,258 3,110
39 West Loch Estate, HI 5,177 3,151
40 East Honolulu, HI 47,770 3,227
41 Pearl City, HI 46,129 3,243
42 Holualoa, HI 9,136 3,260
43 Urban Honolulu, HI 350,003 3,316
44 Kahului, HI 32,312 3,368
45 Mililani Mauka, HI 19,955 3,377
46 Ewa Beach, HI 14,717 3,444
47 Waipio, HI 11,508 3,594
48 Haiku-Pauwela, HI 8,061 3,631
49 Kula, HI 7,541 3,872
50 Hanamaulu, HI 5,422 3,885
51 Royal Kunia, HI 14,449 4,212
52 Kaneohe Station, HI 11,075 4,278
53 Hickam Housing, HI 9,258 4,290
54 Ewa Villages, HI 7,118 4,527
55 Wailea, HI 5,656 4,584
56 Waipahu, HI 40,427 4,677

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About Chris Kolmar

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