These Are The 10 Gayest Places In Hawaii


These are the 10 places in Hawaii with the most pride.

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When the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, America generally, and the gay community specifically, celebrated. Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is more mainstream than ever.

While the national discussion has been brought to the forefront, at the state level, conversations continue.

Did you know that an estimated 0.52% of Hawaii residents is gay? That ranks 7 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 gay households in The Aloha State.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in Hawaii.

After analyzing 72 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in Hawaii:

  1. Hawaiian Ocean View (Jobs)
  2. Halawa (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Orchidlands Estates (Jobs)
  4. Royal Kunia (Jobs)
  5. Lihue (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) (Jobs)
  7. Iroquois Point (Jobs)
  8. Waianae (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Captain Cook (Jobs)
  10. Kahaluu-Keauhou (Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more Hawaii reading, check out:

1. Hawaiian Ocean View


Households: 1,599
Gay Households: 47
% Gay Households: 2.94%
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2. Halawa


Households: 4,083
Gay Households: 82
% Gay Households: 2.01%
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3. Orchidlands Estates


Households: 1,034
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 1.55%
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4. Royal Kunia


Households: 3,932
Gay Households: 60
% Gay Households: 1.53%
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5. Lihue

Lihue, Hawaii

Households: 2,359
Gay Households: 34
% Gay Households: 1.44%
More on Lihue: Comment | Data | Jobs

Lihue or Lhue is an unincorporated census-designated place and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Lihue is the second largest town on the Hawaiian island of Kauai after Kapaa. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 6,455.

6. Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)

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Households: 3,086
Gay Households: 44
% Gay Households: 1.43%
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7. Iroquois Point

Iroquois Point, Hawaii

Households: 1,147
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 1.39%
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8. Waianae

Waianae, Hawaii

Households: 3,026
Gay Households: 36
% Gay Households: 1.19%
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9. Captain Cook


Households: 1,261
Gay Households: 15
% Gay Households: 1.19%
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10. Kahaluu-Keauhou


Households: 1,347
Gay Households: 16
% Gay Households: 1.19%
More on Kahaluu-Keauhou: Comment | Data | Jobs

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in Hawaii?

In order to rank the gayest cities in Hawaii, we used the 2011-2016 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census. We looked at:

  • Percentage of all households that are unmarried, same sex partners

We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 1,000 households.

We ranked each place from 1 to 72 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Hawaiian Ocean View ended up being the the most gay place with 2.94% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in Hawaii. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Hawaii

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in Hawaii, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in Hawaii:

  1. Whitmore Village
  2. Kailua CDP (Hawaii County)
  3. Pukalani

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In Hawaii

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Hawaiian Ocean View 2.94% 47 1,599
2 Halawa 2.01% 82 4,083
3 Orchidlands Estates 1.55% 16 1,034
4 Royal Kunia 1.53% 60 3,932
5 Lihue 1.44% 34 2,359
6 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 1.43% 44 3,086
7 Iroquois Point 1.39% 16 1,147
8 Waianae 1.19% 36 3,026
9 Captain Cook 1.19% 15 1,261
10 Kahaluu-Keauhou 1.19% 16 1,347
11 Kapaa 1.12% 41 3,648
12 Mountain View 1.11% 15 1,356
13 Waikoloa Village 1.09% 26 2,382
14 Waipio Acres 1.05% 19 1,815
15 Kalaheo 0.98% 16 1,626
16 Heeia 0.93% 14 1,502
17 Mililani Mauka 0.84% 59 7,037
18 Ocean Pointe 0.82% 30 3,664
19 Kalaoa 0.77% 30 3,903
20 West Loch Estate 0.74% 11 1,495
21 Ainaloa 0.73% 8 1,089
22 Waipahu 0.72% 60 8,307
23 Ewa Villages 0.72% 12 1,677
24 Hilo 0.64% 102 15,822
25 Hanamaulu 0.63% 7 1,115
26 Urban Honolulu 0.58% 744 127,595
27 Makakilo 0.58% 33 5,679
28 Kula 0.58% 17 2,947
29 Haiku-Pauwela 0.57% 16 2,788
30 Ewa Gentry 0.57% 40 7,019
31 Ewa Beach 0.52% 16 3,081
32 Waimanalo 0.5% 7 1,402
33 Ahuimanu 0.47% 13 2,744
34 Kihei 0.46% 38 8,192
35 Nanakuli 0.46% 12 2,600
36 Waialua 0.45% 5 1,115
37 Makawao 0.43% 10 2,304
38 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 0.42% 54 12,766
39 Wahiawa 0.42% 24 5,678
40 Mililani Town 0.42% 37 8,902
41 Pearl City 0.39% 54 13,984
42 Makaha 0.3% 7 2,330
43 Kahului 0.3% 22 7,404
44 Kaneohe 0.29% 31 10,775
45 East Honolulu 0.29% 48 16,840
46 Lahaina 0.23% 8 3,474
47 Waipio 0.21% 8 3,897
48 Wailea 0.19% 5 2,613
49 Waihee-Waiehu 0.08% 2 2,440
50 Wailuku 0.03% 2 5,870
51 Waikele 0.0% 0 2,801
52 Waimalu 0.0% 0 5,424
53 Wailua Homesteads 0.0% 0 2,042
54 Volcano 0.0% 0 1,177
55 Lanai City 0.0% 0 1,255
56 Pupukea 0.0% 0 1,553
57 Aiea 0.0% 0 2,628
58 Haleiwa 0.0% 0 1,065
59 Hawaiian Beaches 0.0% 0 1,551
60 Hawaiian Paradise Park 0.0% 0 4,106
61 Hickam Housing 0.0% 0 2,477
62 Holualoa 0.0% 0 3,220
63 Schofield Barracks 0.0% 0 4,235
64 Kahaluu 0.0% 0 1,250
65 Kaneohe Station 0.0% 0 2,527
66 Kapolei 0.0% 0 5,155
67 Kaunakakai 0.0% 0 1,269
68 Maili 0.0% 0 2,341
69 Napili-Honokowai 0.0% 0 2,768
70 Pukalani 0.0% 0 2,829
71 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 0.0% 0 4,369
72 Whitmore Village 0.0% 0 1,059

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