These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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, Maili 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Hawaii 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:

  • 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 2,093 (Maili) to 5,024 (Wailea).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Maili 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Hawaii For 2019

Maili, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,190

HHI: 2,093
% White: 12.8%
% African American: 1.3%
% Asian: 15.4%
More on Maili: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,302

HHI: 2,116
% White: 24.6%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 8.7%
More on Hawaiian Beaches: PhotosData

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 14,140

HHI: 2,123
% White: 27.3%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 23.8%
More on Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County): PhotosData

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,579

HHI: 2,149
% White: 28.4%
% African American: 8.1%
% Asian: 27.8%
More on Ocean Pointe: PhotosData

Wailuku, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 16,995

HHI: 2,155
% White: 19.1%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 30.4%
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.

Makaha, HI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,832

HHI: 2,158
% White: 15.0%
% African American: 1.8%
% Asian: 9.6%
More on Makaha: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,564

HHI: 2,174
% White: 28.1%
% African American: 0.3%
% Asian: 22.7%
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Data

Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County), HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,064

HHI: 2,220
% White: 25.2%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 20.6%
More on Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County): Data

Laie, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,168

HHI: 2,275
% White: 26.6%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 11.1%
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.

Makawao, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,832

HHI: 2,281
% White: 31.2%
% African American: 0.3%
% Asian: 19.8%
More on Makawao: PhotosData

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

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Maili, HI 10,190 2,093
2 Hawaiian Beaches, HI 5,302 2,116
3 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 14,140 2,123
4 Ocean Pointe, HI 13,579 2,149
5 Wailuku, HI 16,995 2,155
6 Makaha, HI 8,832 2,158
7 Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 11,564 2,174
8 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 12,064 2,220
9 Laie, HI 6,168 2,275
10 Makawao, HI 6,832 2,281
11 Makakilo, HI 20,615 2,302
12 Kapolei, HI 21,086 2,328
13 Waihee-Waiehu, HI 9,017 2,384
14 Pukalani, HI 8,340 2,385
15 Hilo, HI 45,703 2,461
16 Ewa Gentry, HI 24,181 2,463
17 Waianae, HI 13,636 2,475
18 Ahuimanu, HI 8,085 2,486
19 Waipio Acres, HI 5,432 2,568
20 Kapaa, HI 10,505 2,584
21 Lahaina, HI 13,223 2,619
22 Wahiawa, HI 17,555 2,629
23 Kalaheo, HI 5,416 2,679
24 Kaneohe, HI 34,123 2,693
25 Mililani Town, HI 28,343 2,718
26 Lihue, HI 7,064 2,812
27 Waimanalo, HI 6,578 2,834
28 Kihei, HI 22,220 2,858
29 Kalaoa, HI 11,107 2,867
30 Waimalu, HI 13,158 2,943
31 Nanakuli, HI 11,757 2,965
32 Schofield Barracks, HI 20,229 2,972
33 Napili-Honokowai, HI 7,311 2,973
34 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County), HI 38,088 2,979
35 Halawa, HI 14,335 2,989
36 Wailua Homesteads, HI 6,212 3,024
37 Aiea, HI 9,332 3,055
38 Waikoloa Village, HI 6,014 3,073
39 Waikele, HI 7,446 3,121
40 Kahului, HI 30,706 3,202
41 Holualoa, HI 8,732 3,261
42 Pearl City, HI 46,259 3,283
43 East Honolulu, HI 47,868 3,297
44 Mililani Mauka, HI 20,393 3,356
45 Urban Honolulu, HI 350,788 3,386
46 Waipio, HI 11,607 3,414
47 Ewa Beach, HI 15,047 3,594
48 Ewa Villages, HI 8,087 3,666
49 Royal Kunia, HI 14,396 3,799
50 Kula, HI 7,520 3,867
51 Kaneohe Station, HI 11,198 4,191
52 Hickam Housing, HI 8,931 4,295
53 Haiku-Pauwela, HI 7,420 4,475
54 Hanamaulu, HI 5,386 4,563
55 Waipahu, HI 41,715 4,590
56 Wailea, HI 5,602 5,024

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