These Are The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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 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 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 2018:

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

Schofield Barracks took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Hawaii for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 54 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 16.0% 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 Haiku-Pauwela 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.

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1. Schofield Barracks

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,330
% African American: 15.96%
# Of African American Residents: 3,244
Percent Change Since 2010: 78.93%

2. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, Hawaii

Population: 12,274
% African American: 8.02%
# Of African American Residents: 984
Percent Change Since 2010: 79.23%

3. Hickam Housing

Hickam Housing, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,954
% African American: 7.85%
# Of African American Residents: 703
Percent Change Since 2010: 82.12%

4. Kaneohe Station

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,072
% African American: 7.85%
# Of African American Residents: 869
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.49%

5. Makakilo

Makakilo, Hawaii

Population: 20,353
% African American: 4.67%
# Of African American Residents: 950
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.3%

6. Waikele

Waikele, Hawaii

Population: 7,648
% African American: 4.42%
# Of African American Residents: 338
Percent Change Since 2010: 215.89%

7. Ewa Gentry

Ewa Gentry, Hawaii

Population: 23,168
% African American: 3.69%
# Of African American Residents: 854
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.37%

8. Waimalu

Waimalu, Hawaii

Source: Google Maps

Population: 13,478
% African American: 2.86%
# Of African American Residents: 385
Percent Change Since 2010: -47.4%

9. Royal Kunia


Population: 14,424
% African American: 2.55%
# Of African American Residents: 368
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.65%

10. Mililani Mauka

Mililani Mauka, Hawaii

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,322
% African American: 2.4%
# Of African American Residents: 488
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.25%

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. Haiku-Pauwela
  2. Lahaina
  3. Kula

For more Hawaii reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Hawaii

City Rank Population % African American
Schofield Barracks 1 20,330 15.96%
Ocean Pointe 2 12,274 8.02%
Hickam Housing 3 8,954 7.85%
Kaneohe Station 4 11,072 7.85%
Makakilo 5 20,353 4.67%
Waikele 6 7,648 4.42%
Ewa Gentry 7 23,168 3.69%
Waimalu 8 13,478 2.86%
Royal Kunia 9 14,424 2.55%
Mililani Mauka 10 20,322 2.4%
West Loch Estate 11 5,183 2.2%
Kapolei 12 19,206 2.14%
Kapaa 13 10,753 2.1%
Waipio Acres 14 5,169 2.07%
Pearl City 15 47,241 2.02%
Laie 16 5,782 1.89%
Makaha 17 8,934 1.84%
Halawa 18 14,455 1.69%
Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 19 10,770 1.66%
Urban Honolulu 20 349,597 1.65%
Mililani Town 21 28,460 1.35%
Wahiawa 22 17,696 1.28%
Waipio 23 11,554 1.25%
Waikoloa Village 24 6,292 1.14%
Maili 25 8,943 1.06%
Kihei 26 21,964 0.99%
Kaneohe 27 35,065 0.94%
Holualoa 28 9,439 0.93%
Kahului 29 30,164 0.77%
East Honolulu 30 47,957 0.71%
Napili-Honokowai 31 6,856 0.69%
Ahuimanu 32 8,312 0.66%
Hilo 33 45,579 0.56%
Ewa Beach 34 15,165 0.54%
Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 35 38,514 0.53%
Waihee-Waiehu 36 9,177 0.53%
Waipahu 37 41,590 0.5%
Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 38 13,617 0.46%
Waimanalo 39 6,296 0.46%
Hawaiian Paradise Park 40 11,787 0.31%
Wailuku 41 16,179 0.29%
Lihue 42 7,196 0.28%
Waianae 43 13,426 0.27%
Kalaoa 44 11,198 0.24%
Ewa Villages 45 7,568 0.18%
Wailua Homesteads 46 5,987 0.18%
Nanakuli 47 12,042 0.17%
Makawao 48 6,362 0.14%
Aiea 49 9,594 0.06%
Wailea 50 5,833 0.02%
Pukalani 51 8,332 0.0%
Kula 52 7,326 0.0%
Lahaina 53 12,675 0.0%
Haiku-Pauwela 54 7,564 0.0%

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