These Are The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Hawaii with 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 23,768 – at 1.7% 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 2019:

  1. Schofield Barracks (Homes For Sale)
  2. Ocean Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hickam Housing (Homes For Sale)
  4. Kaneohe Station (Homes For Sale)
  5. Makakilo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ewa Gentry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Waimalu (Homes For Sale)
  8. Waikele (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Royal Kunia (Homes For Sale)
  10. Kapaa (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Schofield Barracks took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Hawaii for 2019. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 15.9% 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 Pukalani was the least African American city.

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.

1. Schofield Barracks

Schofield Barracks Location In Hawaii

Schofield Barracks, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 20,229
% African American: 15.9%
# Of African American Residents: 3,216
Percent Change Since 2010: 77.39%
More on Schofield Barracks: Real Estate | Photos

Ocean Pointe, HI

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7
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Population: 13,579
% African American: 8.08%
# Of African American Residents: 1,097
Percent Change Since 2010: 99.82%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Hickam Housing

Hickam Housing Location In Hawaii

Hickam Housing, HI

Source: Public domain
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Population: 8,931
% African American: 7.8%
# Of African American Residents: 697
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.57%
More on Hickam Housing: Real Estate | Photos

4. Kaneohe Station

Kaneohe Station Location In Hawaii

Kaneohe Station, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 11,198
% African American: 7.49%
# Of African American Residents: 839
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.88%
More on Kaneohe Station: Real Estate | Photos

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, formerly Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay and originally Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, is a U.S. Marine Corps facility and air station located on the Mokapu Peninsula of windward O’ahu in the City & County of Honolulu. For census purposes, the area is demarcated as the Kaneohe Station census-designated place, with a population at the 2010 Census of 9,517. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is home to Marines, sailors, their family members and civilian employees. The United States Marine Corps operates a 7,800-foot runway at the base.

Makakilo, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,615
% African American: 3.85%
# Of African American Residents: 794
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.42%
More on Makakilo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Gentry, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 24,181
% African American: 3.69%
# Of African American Residents: 893
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.18%
More on Ewa Gentry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 13,158
% African American: 3.25%
# Of African American Residents: 427
Percent Change Since 2010: -41.67%
More on Waimalu: Real Estate | Data

Waikele, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,446
% African American: 2.71%
# Of African American Residents: 202
Percent Change Since 2010: 88.79%
More on Waikele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,396
% African American: 2.47%
# Of African American Residents: 356
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.82%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

Kapaa, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,505
% African American: 2.2%
# Of African American Residents: 231
Percent Change Since 2010: 1343.75%
More on Kapaa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kapaa is an unincorporated census-designated place in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 10,699 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – 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. Pukalani
  2. Kula
  3. Lahaina

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Hawaii

Rank City % African American Population
1 Schofield Barracks 15.9% 20,229
2 Ocean Pointe 8.08% 13,579
3 Hickam Housing 7.8% 8,931
4 Kaneohe Station 7.49% 11,198
5 Makakilo 3.85% 20,615
6 Ewa Gentry 3.69% 24,181
7 Waimalu 3.25% 13,158
8 Waikele 2.71% 7,446
9 Royal Kunia 2.47% 14,396
10 Kapaa 2.2% 10,505
11 Kapolei 2.13% 21,086
12 Waipio Acres 2.04% 5,432
13 Mililani Mauka 2.03% 20,393
14 Pearl City 1.98% 46,259
15 Laie 1.93% 6,168
16 Lihue 1.9% 7,064
17 Makaha 1.78% 8,832
18 Halawa 1.76% 14,335
19 Wahiawa 1.63% 17,555
20 Urban Honolulu 1.63% 350,788
21 Mililani Town 1.62% 28,343
22 Waipio 1.47% 11,607
23 Maili 1.32% 10,190
24 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 1.19% 12,064
25 Waikoloa Village 1.11% 6,014
26 Holualoa 1.08% 8,732
27 Kaneohe 1.08% 34,123
28 Kihei 0.92% 22,220
29 Kahului 0.9% 30,706
30 East Honolulu 0.86% 47,868
31 Hilo 0.71% 45,703
32 Napili-Honokowai 0.68% 7,311
33 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 0.62% 38,088
34 Waihee-Waiehu 0.61% 9,017
35 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 0.57% 14,140
36 Waimanalo 0.46% 6,578
37 Waipahu 0.39% 41,715
38 Wailuku 0.37% 16,995
39 Ewa Beach 0.35% 15,047
40 Hawaiian Paradise Park 0.32% 11,564
41 Makawao 0.28% 6,832
42 Wailua Homesteads 0.26% 6,212
43 Waianae 0.25% 13,636
44 Ahuimanu 0.24% 8,085
45 Kalaoa 0.2% 11,107
46 Nanakuli 0.2% 11,757
47 Aiea 0.15% 9,332
48 Wailea 0.04% 5,602
49 Ewa Villages 0.0% 8,087
50 Haiku-Pauwela 0.0% 7,420
51 Lahaina 0.0% 13,223
52 Kula 0.0% 7,520
53 Pukalani 0.0% 8,340

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