The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Hawaii have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Hawaii is 25,130 - at 1.8% of the total population of Hawaii.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Hawaii? Which cities and towns in Hawaii have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Hawaii with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Schofield Barracks
  2. Hickam Housing
  3. Makakilo
  4. Ocean Pointe
  5. Maili
  6. Ewa Gentry
  7. Makaha
  8. Halawa
  9. Waimalu
  10. Waipio Acres

What's the blackest city in Hawaii? Schofield Barracks took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Hawaii for 2022. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Hawaii ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the most diverse places in Hawaii.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Hawaii For 2022

1. Schofield Barracks

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,276
% African American: 13.02%
# Of African American Residents: 2,379
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.22%
More on Schofield Barracks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Schofield Barracks, HI

Source: Public domain

2. Hickam Housing

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,463
% African American: 11.09%
# Of African American Residents: 1,049
Percent Change Since 2010: 171.76%
More on Hickam Housing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hickam Housing, HI

Source: Public domain

3. Makakilo

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,565
% African American: 5.57%
# Of African American Residents: 1,089
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.68%
More on Makakilo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Makakilo, HI

4. Ocean Pointe

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 15,688
% African American: 4.72%
# Of African American Residents: 740
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.79%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean Pointe, HI

5. Maili

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,591
% African American: 4.65%
# Of African American Residents: 585
Percent Change Since 2010: 160.0%
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Maili, HI

6. Ewa Gentry

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 26,358
% African American: 4.51%
# Of African American Residents: 1,188
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.47%
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Ewa Gentry, HI

7. Makaha

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,087
% African American: 3.56%
# Of African American Residents: 359
Percent Change Since 2010: 277.89%
More on Makaha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Makaha, HI

8. Halawa

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,953
% African American: 2.97%
# Of African American Residents: 414
Percent Change Since 2010: 780.85%
More on Halawa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Halawa, HI

9. Waimalu

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,714
% African American: 2.56%
# Of African American Residents: 351
Percent Change Since 2010: -52.05%
More on Waimalu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waimalu, HI

Source: Wikipedia

10. Waipio Acres

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,556
% African American: 2.41%
# Of African American Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: 83.56%
More on Waipio Acres: Real Estate | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • 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*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 51 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 13.0% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Schofield Barracks took the distinction of being the most Black, while Kula was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Black Populations Across Hawaii

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Hawaii according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Hawaii:

  1. Kula
  2. Pukalani
  3. Hawaiian Paradise Park

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Hawaii

Rank City % African American Population
1 Schofield Barracks 13.02% 18,276
2 Hickam Housing 11.09% 9,463
3 Makakilo 5.57% 19,565
4 Ocean Pointe 4.72% 15,688
5 Maili 4.65% 12,591
6 Ewa Gentry 4.51% 26,358
7 Makaha 3.56% 10,087
8 Halawa 2.97% 13,953
9 Waimalu 2.56% 13,714
10 Waipio Acres 2.41% 5,556
11 Mililani Town 2.38% 27,459
12 Waikoloa Village 2.38% 7,366
13 Mililani Mauka 2.29% 19,808
14 Wahiawa 1.98% 16,442
15 Kapolei 1.91% 21,541
16 Urban Honolulu 1.89% 347,181
17 Pearl City 1.86% 45,159
18 Royal Kunia 1.53% 13,857
19 Makawao 1.28% 7,989
20 Waipio 1.25% 10,745
21 Waikele 1.23% 7,246
22 Wailuku 1.12% 17,523
23 Waihee-Waiehu 1.11% 10,771
24 Lihue 1.1% 9,036
25 Kapaa 1.03% 9,961
26 Kihei 0.92% 22,749
27 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 0.88% 37,900
28 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 0.79% 22,972
29 Ewa Villages 0.76% 6,452
30 Kahului 0.75% 29,993
31 West Loch Estate 0.73% 6,685
32 Waianae 0.7% 13,192
33 Hilo 0.67% 45,248
34 Aiea 0.66% 9,730
35 Laie 0.53% 6,071
36 East Honolulu 0.49% 47,132
37 Nanakuli 0.48% 11,379
38 Napili-Honokowai 0.33% 6,870
39 Waipahu 0.29% 38,276
40 Kaneohe 0.28% 33,540
41 Wailua Homesteads 0.14% 6,301
42 Lahaina 0.14% 13,216
43 Ewa Beach 0.04% 13,803
44 Wailea 0.02% 6,239
45 Ahuimanu 0.01% 8,254
46 Haiku-Pauwela 0.0% 9,107
47 Waimanalo 0.0% 5,599
48 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 0.0% 10,969
49 Hawaiian Paradise Park 0.0% 10,921
50 Pukalani 0.0% 7,689
51 Kula 0.0% 6,687

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Hawaii with the largest African American population.

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