The 10 Cities In Hawaii With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021

We analyzed over 50 places in Hawaii to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our third time ranking the cities in Hawaii with the highest divorce rates.

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If you're married, the thought of divorce has probably popped into your mind at least once.

Come on, admit it.

And if you're not married, let me tell you that there's gonna be a point at 2 a.m. when you have a crying baby and haven't slept in two months that it's gonna run through your head to run.



But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 45,507 people living in Hawaii over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2021.

A lot of people make the decision to run away - or simply split up - across the Aloha State.

Isn't the divorce rate in America close to 50%? Yes indeed. But that's not quite what we're measuring; we are looking at counts and percentages of people over 15 years old who are currently divorced.

You typically calculate that 50% statistic as percent of marriages.

But we are just going to focus on the actual number of divorced people today -- what better way to measure marital misery than the straight count of people in Hawaii it affects?

So now that we have you biting your nails, rethinking your world view, and pulling out your hair, let's take a look at the places in Hawaii with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Hawaii With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Wailua Homesteads
  2. Lihue (Photos)
  3. Nanakuli (Photos)
  4. Makaha (Photos)
  5. Hilo (Photos)
  6. Makawao (Photos)
  7. Wahiawa (Photos)
  8. Waianae (Photos)
  9. Maili (Photos)
  10. Aiea (Photos)

Let's quickly recap before we dive into the methodology and a closer look at the top ten places in HI.

What is the city in Hawaii with the highest divorce rate? That would be Wailua Homesteads, with 8.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Hawaii divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Hawaii is 4.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

Alrighty, on to how we calculated the places with the highest divorce rates in Hawaii.

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Population: 6,117
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 391
Median Income: $92,235
More on Wailua Homesteads:  Cost Of Living

Lihue, HI

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Population: 7,267
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 406
Median Income: $77,845
More on Lihue:  Cost Of Living

Nanakuli, HI

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Population: 11,461
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 641
Median Income: $75,031
More on Nanakuli:  Cost Of Living

Makaha, HI

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Population: 8,404
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 470
Median Income: $50,992
More on Makaha:  Cost Of Living

Hilo, HI

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Population: 45,056
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 2,523
Median Income: $63,283
More on Hilo:  Cost Of Living

Makawao, HI

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Population: 7,341
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 352
Median Income: $82,316
More on Makawao:  Cost Of Living

Wahiawa, HI

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Population: 17,122
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 821
Median Income: $62,092
More on Wahiawa:  Cost Of Living

Waianae, HI

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Population: 13,609
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 653
Median Income: $62,172
More on Waianae:  Cost Of Living

Maili, HI

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Population: 11,437
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 548
Median Income: $88,395
More on Maili:  Cost Of Living

Aiea, HI

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Population: 9,638
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 462
Median Income: $110,031
More on Aiea:  Cost Of Living

How We Determined The Places In Hawaii That Get Un-Hitched The Most

Since that this is the 58th category of rankings we are compiling for the site, we had a pretty good idea where to find data on marriage and divorce in America — the U.S. Census Bureau. Because who likes tracking misery more than the U.S. government?

Specifically, we looked at the 2015-2019 American Community Survey specifically table S1201 -- Marital Status.

Pretty straight forward on that front -- we just had to extract the following column of data:

  • Population 15 Years and Over -> Divorced

There's some kinda interesting/fun/sad data in there like .1% of female Americans aged 15-19 are divorced, but 0% of males (That's probably a rounding issue, but still).

But the national data is for another day, today the analysis focuses on the 59 places in Hawaii with a population of over 5,000.

We ranked each of these places by the percentage of divorcees over 15 years of age from highest to lowest. We crowned the divorce capital of Hawaii the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Wailua Homesteads.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Hickam Housing, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Hawaii.

Getting Some Closure In Hawaii After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, "Untying the Knot In Hawaii: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the Aloha State don't pay much attention to the whole "'til death do we part" phrase.

Try to keep in mind that the reason cities rank where they do in Hawaii could be because of the age, education, and income distribution, as all of those things impact the rate of divorce.

And, in all honestly, that's probably for the best. It's much better to get out of a toxic relationship than stay it.

Just make sure you have your running shoes ready to go.

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Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In Hawaii

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Wailua Homesteads, HI 8.0%
2 Lihue, HI 7.0%
3 Nanakuli, HI 7.0%
4 Makaha, HI 7.0%
5 Hilo, HI 7.0%
6 Makawao, HI 6.0%
7 Wahiawa, HI 6.0%
8 Waianae, HI 6.0%
9 Maili, HI 6.0%
10 Aiea, HI 6.0%
11 Waimanalo, HI 6.0%
12 Kula, HI 5.0%
13 Mililani Town, HI 5.0%
14 Kaneohe, HI 5.0%
15 Hanamaulu, HI 5.0%
16 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County), HI 5.0%
17 Kapolei, HI 5.0%
18 Pearl City, HI 5.0%
19 Pukalani, HI 5.0%
20 Waimalu, HI 5.0%
21 Wailuku, HI 5.0%
22 Ewa Villages, HI 5.0%
23 Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 5.0%
24 Kahului, HI 5.0%
25 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 5.0%
26 Makakilo, HI 4.0%
27 Waihee-Waiehu, HI 4.0%
28 Waikele, HI 4.0%
29 Mililani Mauka, HI 4.0%
30 Urban Honolulu, HI 4.0%
31 Ahuimanu, HI 4.0%
32 Waipio, HI 4.0%
33 East Honolulu, HI 4.0%
34 Halawa, HI 4.0%
35 West Loch Estate, HI 3.0%
36 Hawaiian Beaches, HI 3.0%
37 Ewa Gentry, HI 3.0%
38 Holualoa, HI 3.0%
39 Ewa Beach, HI 3.0%
40 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 3.0%
41 Kalaheo, HI 3.0%
42 Napili-Honokowai, HI 3.0%
43 Kalaoa, HI 3.0%
44 Kapaa, HI 3.0%
45 Kihei, HI 3.0%
46 Lahaina, HI 3.0%
47 Waipahu, HI 3.0%
48 Haiku-Pauwela, HI 3.0%
49 Waipio Acres, HI 2.0%
50 Laie, HI 2.0%
51 Hawaiian Ocean View, HI 2.0%
52 Royal Kunia, HI 2.0%
53 Ocean Pointe, HI 2.0%
54 Waikoloa Village, HI 1.0%
55 Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI 1.0%
56 Wailea, HI 1.0%
57 Schofield Barracks, HI 0.0%
58 Kaneohe Station, HI 0.0%
59 Hickam Housing, HI 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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