The 10 Cities In Hawaii With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

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

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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 108,046 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 2019.

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.

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 Hawaiian Paradise Park, with 16.9% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Hawaii is 9.5%, 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.

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

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 2013-2017 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 50 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, Hawaiian Paradise Park.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Laie, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Hawaii.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

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Population: 11,564
Divorce Rate: 16.9%
Divorcees: 1,563
Median Income: $51,908
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Data

Holualoa, HI

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Population: 8,732
Divorce Rate: 15.2%
Divorcees: 1,061
Median Income: $75,701
More on Holualoa: PhotosData

Wailuku, HI

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Population: 16,995
Divorce Rate: 14.8%
Divorcees: 2,012
Median Income: $69,250
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.

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Population: 6,014
Divorce Rate: 14.5%
Divorcees: 697
Median Income: $73,453
More on Waikoloa Village: Data

Pukalani, HI

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Population: 8,340
Divorce Rate: 13.6%
Divorcees: 907
Median Income: $81,028
More on Pukalani: PhotosData

Makawao, HI

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Population: 6,832
Divorce Rate: 13.2%
Divorcees: 721
Median Income: $70,383
More on Makawao: PhotosData

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Population: 5,302
Divorce Rate: 12.8%
Divorcees: 542
Median Income: $41,385
More on Hawaiian Beaches: Data

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Population: 7,520
Divorce Rate: 12.5%
Divorcees: 752
Median Income: $82,468
More on Kula: Data

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Population: 14,140
Divorce Rate: 12.5%
Divorcees: 1,414
Median Income: $66,875
More on Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County): PhotosData

Kihei, HI

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Population: 22,220
Divorce Rate: 12.2%
Divorcees: 2,168
Median Income: $71,423
More on Kihei: PhotosData

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 Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 16.9%
2 Holualoa, HI 15.2%
3 Wailuku, HI 14.8%
4 Waikoloa Village, HI 14.5%
5 Pukalani, HI 13.6%
6 Makawao, HI 13.2%
7 Hawaiian Beaches, HI 12.8%
8 Kula, HI 12.5%
9 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 12.5%
10 Kihei, HI 12.2%
11 Wailea, HI 12.1%
12 Wailua Homesteads, HI 11.6%
13 Kahului, HI 11.1%
14 Makaha, HI 11.0%
15 Waimalu, HI 11.0%
16 Makakilo, HI 10.9%
17 Kapaa, HI 10.8%
18 Lihue, HI 10.7%
19 Wahiawa, HI 10.6%
20 Maili, HI 10.5%
21 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County), HI 10.2%
22 Hanamaulu, HI 10.2%
23 Urban Honolulu, HI 10.1%
24 Kalaoa, HI 9.9%
25 Hilo, HI 9.7%
26 Lahaina, HI 9.5%
27 Nanakuli, HI 9.4%
28 Aiea, HI 9.2%
29 Kalaheo, HI 9.1%
30 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 8.6%
31 Waimanalo, HI 8.6%
32 East Honolulu, HI 8.5%
33 Kaneohe, HI 8.4%
34 Kapolei, HI 8.4%
35 Ewa Villages, HI 8.3%
36 Ewa Gentry, HI 8.3%
37 Waianae, HI 8.0%
38 Waipio, HI 7.5%
39 Waipio Acres, HI 7.4%
40 Ahuimanu, HI 7.2%
41 Ewa Beach, HI 7.0%
42 Halawa, HI 6.8%
43 Mililani Town, HI 6.6%
44 Pearl City, HI 6.4%
45 Waikele, HI 6.4%
46 Ocean Pointe, HI 6.1%
47 Waipahu, HI 5.8%
48 Mililani Mauka, HI 5.5%
49 Royal Kunia, HI 4.5%
50 Laie, HI 3.2%

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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