Whitest Cities In Hawaii For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Hawaii are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in Hawaii.

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You’re at your local Whole Foods shopping for kale chips and asparagus water, trying to work out if you’ll have time to stop at the Pottery Barn before you head to your yoga class taught by a girl named Sage. It hits you: you’re leading the whitest life imaginable.

But does that mean the city you live in is one of the whitest places in Hawaii?

Don’t worry, we’ve figured it out for you. Using actual census data combined with our favorite white people stereotypes (as confirmed by the internet), we can determine which cities are the whitest of the white in Aloha State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Hawaii for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Hawaii for 2020:

  1. Wailea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hickam Housing (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Kaneohe Station (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Kula (Homes For Sale)
  5. Haiku-Pauwela (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Holualoa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Napili-Honokowai (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Waikoloa Village (Homes For Sale)
  9. Kailua CDP (Honolulu County) (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Kihei (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Ewa Villages is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

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The 10 Whitest Cities In Hawaii For 2020

Wailea, HI

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7.5
/10

Population: 5,656
% White: 65.33%
More on Wailea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hickam Housing, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 9,258
% White: 62.07%
More on Hickam Housing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kaneohe Station, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 11,075
% White: 61.07%
More on Kaneohe Station: Real Estate | Data | 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,541
% White: 57.76%
More on Kula: Real Estate | Data

Haiku-Pauwela, HI

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 8,061
% White: 54.51%
More on Haiku-Pauwela: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holualoa, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,136
% White: 51.5%
More on Holualoa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Napili-Honokowai, HI

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 7,258
% White: 48.04%
More on Napili-Honokowai: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,412
% White: 44.9%
More on Waikoloa Village: Real Estate | Data

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 36,662
% White: 44.3%
More on Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County): Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kihei, HI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,879
% White: 43.82%
More on Kihei: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in Hawaii for 2020

In order to rank the whitest places in Hawaii, we had to determine what measurable criteria defines whiteness.

Obviously we had to count how many white people living there, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Hawaii.

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 White alone.

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 White. The percentages ranked from 65.3% to 2.4%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Wailea took the distinction of being the most White, while Ewa Villages was the least White city. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It – White Populations Across Hawaii

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Hawaii according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Hawaii:

  1. Ewa Villages
  2. Waipahu
  3. Nanakuli

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Hawaii

Rank City % White Population
1 Wailea 65.33% 5,656
2 Hickam Housing 62.07% 9,258
3 Kaneohe Station 61.07% 11,075
4 Kula 57.76% 7,541
5 Haiku-Pauwela 54.51% 8,061
6 Holualoa 51.5% 9,136
7 Napili-Honokowai 48.04% 7,258
8 Waikoloa Village 44.9% 6,412
9 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 44.3% 36,662
10 Kihei 43.82% 21,879
11 Schofield Barracks 43.48% 19,796
12 Wailua Homesteads 43.44% 5,900
13 Kalaoa 40.98% 11,604
14 Kapaa 39.65% 10,544
15 Makawao 33.99% 7,570
16 Pukalani 33.35% 7,769
17 Hawaiian Paradise Park 32.01% 11,479
18 Laie 28.36% 6,111
19 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 26.66% 15,268
20 Ocean Pointe 26.21% 14,037
21 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 25.34% 11,687
22 East Honolulu 24.69% 47,770
23 Lihue 22.75% 7,381
24 Ahuimanu 21.81% 8,239
25 Makakilo 20.24% 20,920
26 Lahaina 19.89% 13,103
27 Wailuku 19.66% 17,354
28 Kaneohe 19.31% 33,739
29 Waikele 18.11% 7,062
30 West Loch Estate 17.98% 5,177
31 Hilo 16.13% 46,284
32 Urban Honolulu 15.79% 350,003
33 Waipio Acres 15.62% 5,443
34 Waihee-Waiehu 15.47% 8,802
35 Mililani Mauka 15.41% 19,955
36 Mililani Town 15.37% 27,926
37 Makaha 15.17% 8,740
38 Aiea 14.72% 9,439
39 Waimalu 13.67% 13,384
40 Wahiawa 13.28% 17,422
41 Ewa Gentry 13.17% 25,752
42 Maili 12.36% 10,792
43 Pearl City 11.93% 46,129
44 Halawa 10.12% 14,640
45 Kapolei 9.95% 21,474
46 Waimanalo 9.13% 6,135
47 Waipio 9.08% 11,508
48 Kahului 8.53% 32,312
49 Ewa Beach 7.08% 14,717
50 Royal Kunia 6.66% 14,449
51 Waianae 6.33% 14,054
52 Nanakuli 3.54% 11,742
53 Waipahu 3.1% 40,427
54 Ewa Villages 2.4% 7,118

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