These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii


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 54 cities in Hawaii from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

Makaha 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.

You can also check out the whitest places in Hawaii for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii

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 2011-2015 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 54 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 2081 (Makaha) to 5230 (Wailea).

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

Makaha, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,813
HHI: 2,081
% White: 14.08%
% African American: 2.12%
% Asian: 9.58%

2. Hawaiian Paradise Park

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,684
HHI: 2,173
% White: 24.29%
% African American: 2.02%
% Asian: 30.08%

3. Ocean Pointe

Source: Google Maps

Households: 11,336
HHI: 2,184
% White: 33.13%
% African American: 9.47%
% Asian: 24.02%

4. Kapolei

Kapolei, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,737
HHI: 2,194
% White: 8.74%
% African American: 3.69%
% Asian: 31.04%

5. Wailuku

Wailuku, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,064
HHI: 2,207
% White: 17.81%
% African American: 0.41%
% Asian: 31.63%

6. Maili

Maili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,910
HHI: 2,241
% White: 14.22%
% African American: 1.07%
% Asian: 12.74%

7. Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)

Source: Google Maps

Households: 12,652
HHI: 2,256
% White: 32.6%
% African American: 0.52%
% Asian: 18.36%

8. Makakilo

Makakilo, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,631
HHI: 2,270
% White: 20.69%
% African American: 4.66%
% Asian: 33.58%

9. Laie

Laie, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,644
HHI: 2,302
% White: 26.06%
% African American: 2.0%
% Asian: 11.46%

10. Kapaa

Kapaa, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,794
HHI: 2,368
% White: 32.83%
% African American: 2.25%
% Asian: 22.1%

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. Hickam Housing
  3. Waipahu

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Hawaii

City Rank HHI Population
Makaha 1 2,081 8,813
Hawaiian Paradise Park 2 2,173 11,684
Ocean Pointe 3 2,184 11,336
Kapolei 4 2,194 18,737
Wailuku 5 2,207 16,064
Maili 6 2,241 8,910
Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 7 2,256 12,652
Makakilo 8 2,270 20,631
Laie 9 2,302 5,644
Kapaa 10 2,368 10,794
Waihee-Waiehu 11 2,397 9,159
Hilo 12 2,452 45,380
Pukalani 13 2,481 8,072
Ewa Gentry 14 2,497 22,676
Ahuimanu 15 2,520 8,354
Makawao 16 2,525 6,523
Kaneohe 17 2,586 33,654
Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 18 2,590 10,817
Waianae 19 2,602 13,632
Lahaina 20 2,692 12,118
Wahiawa 21 2,710 17,484
Mililani Town 22 2,714 28,021
Holualoa 23 2,790 8,390
Kihei 24 2,839 22,401
Lihue 25 2,865 7,360
Waimanalo 26 2,918 6,164
Nanakuli 27 2,925 12,405
Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 28 2,961 38,722
West Loch Estate 29 3,014 5,364
Waikoloa Village 30 3,015 6,350
Kahului 31 3,022 28,476
Kalaoa 32 3,102 12,214
Mililani Mauka 33 3,106 21,055
Waimalu 34 3,107 13,333
Napili-Honokowai 35 3,130 6,723
Schofield Barracks 36 3,149 20,858
Halawa 37 3,195 14,812
Wailua Homesteads 38 3,197 5,645
Ewa Beach 39 3,211 14,287
East Honolulu 40 3,262 48,092
Ewa Villages 41 3,312 7,356
Pearl City 42 3,329 47,021
Urban Honolulu 43 3,395 347,973
Aiea 44 3,413 9,262
Waikele 45 3,501 7,786
Waipio 46 3,531 11,261
Pupukea 47 3,641 5,705
Haiku-Pauwela 48 3,818 7,846
Royal Kunia 49 3,860 14,198
Kula 50 4,219 7,478
Kaneohe Station 51 4,428 11,285
Waipahu 52 4,440 41,165
Hickam Housing 53 4,609 9,243
Wailea 54 5,230 5,656

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