These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 58 cities in Hawaii from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Hawaiian Beaches
  2. Hawaiian Paradise Park
  3. Makakilo (Photos)
  4. Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) (Photos)
  5. Kahaluu
  6. Maili (Photos)
  7. Wailuku (Photos)
  8. Ocean Pointe
  9. Makaha (Photos)
  10. Laie (Photos)

Hawaiian Beaches 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 best places to live in Hawaii or the worst places to live in Hawaii.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii 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:

  • 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 58 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 2034 (Hawaiian Beaches) to 5242 (Wailea).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Hawaiian Beaches took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Wailea was the least diverse city.

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.

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1. Hawaiian Beaches

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,035
HHI: 2,034
% White: 24.59%
% African American: 1.69%
% Asian: 11.1%

2. Hawaiian Paradise Park


Population: 11,787
HHI: 2,065
% White: 23.15%
% African American: 0.31%
% Asian: 26.08%

3. Makakilo

Makakilo, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,353
HHI: 2,127
% White: 20.36%
% African American: 4.67%
% Asian: 30.61%

4. Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)

Source: Public Domain

Population: 13,617
HHI: 2,147
% White: 28.85%
% African American: 0.46%
% Asian: 20.34%

5. Kahaluu


Population: 5,009
HHI: 2,156
% White: 17.15%
% African American: 1.04%
% Asian: 26.21%

6. Maili

Maili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,943
HHI: 2,170
% White: 15.4%
% African American: 1.06%
% Asian: 13.4%

7. Wailuku

Wailuku, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,179
HHI: 2,197
% White: 20.27%
% African American: 0.29%
% Asian: 30.98%

8. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,274
HHI: 2,206
% White: 31.76%
% African American: 8.02%
% Asian: 25.66%

9. Makaha

Makaha, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,934
HHI: 2,216
% White: 13.04%
% African American: 1.84%
% Asian: 8.91%

10. Laie

Laie, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,782
HHI: 2,233
% White: 26.46%
% African American: 1.89%
% Asian: 12.12%

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. Wailea
  2. Waipahu
  3. Hanamaulu

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii

City Rank HHI Population
Hawaiian Beaches 1 2,034 5,035
Hawaiian Paradise Park 2 2,065 11,787
Makakilo 3 2,127 20,353
Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 4 2,147 13,617
Kahaluu 5 2,156 5,009
Maili 6 2,170 8,943
Wailuku 7 2,197 16,179
Ocean Pointe 8 2,206 12,274
Makaha 9 2,216 8,934
Laie 10 2,233 5,782
Kapolei 11 2,283 19,206
Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 12 2,375 10,770
Pukalani 13 2,412 8,332
Ewa Gentry 14 2,427 23,168
Waihee-Waiehu 15 2,461 9,177
Kapaa 16 2,471 10,753
Hilo 17 2,506 45,579
Kalaheo 18 2,510 5,099
Ahuimanu 19 2,544 8,312
Waianae 20 2,578 13,426
Makawao 21 2,585 6,362
Wahiawa 22 2,589 17,696
Waipio Acres 23 2,636 5,169
Kaneohe 24 2,682 35,065
Waimanalo 25 2,762 6,296
Lahaina 26 2,765 12,675
Lihue 27 2,774 7,196
Mililani Town 28 2,790 28,460
Kihei 29 2,801 21,964
Holualoa 30 2,836 9,439
Nanakuli 31 2,962 12,042
Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 32 2,973 38,514
Schofield Barracks 33 2,987 20,330
Kalaoa 34 3,037 11,198
Halawa 35 3,051 14,455
Napili-Honokowai 36 3,074 6,856
Waikoloa Village 37 3,100 6,292
Kahului 38 3,103 30,164
Wailua Homesteads 39 3,122 5,987
Waimalu 40 3,177 13,478
West Loch Estate 41 3,220 5,183
East Honolulu 42 3,266 47,957
Mililani Mauka 43 3,305 20,322
Pearl City 44 3,345 47,241
Urban Honolulu 45 3,371 349,597
Waikele 46 3,418 7,648
Waipio 47 3,488 11,554
Aiea 48 3,506 9,594
Ewa Villages 49 3,509 7,568
Ewa Beach 50 3,727 15,165
Royal Kunia 51 3,842 14,424
Kula 52 4,175 7,326
Kaneohe Station 53 4,212 11,072
Hickam Housing 54 4,227 8,954
Haiku-Pauwela 55 4,235 7,564
Hanamaulu 56 4,292 5,039
Waipahu 57 4,479 41,590
Wailea 58 5,242 5,833

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