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Hawaiian population

The people of Hawaii

Hawaii stands for diversity and that also characterizes the Hawaiian population. Hawaii is a real melting pot of cultures. Christian missionaries arrived here from New England from the US east coast in 1820. This greatly influenced the native Hawaiian population. Diseases that were alien to the islands were introduced from which many local people died. At the same time, the white population, also called "haole", grew.

Today's cultural diversity came about thanks to the immigration of sugar cane and pineapple plantation workers from Portugal, Japan, China, and other eastern nations in the mid to late 19th century. Other immigrants who followed were Puerto Ricans, Filipines and Koreans. Approximately 43.5% of today's Hawaiian residents were born elsewhere. And it's easy to see why people from all over the world come here to settle here.

The island of Oahu, which has more residents and visitors than all the other Hawaiian islands combined, is also known as "The Gathering Place". Samoans, Tongans, Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese, Maori, Canadians, Tahitians, Vietnamese, Spaniards, Scots, Irish, Italians and other ethnicities have found their new home here. Whichever island you are on, you will meet a lot of people from all over the world, residents and visitors at the same time.

The cultural diversity also means that you can hear a lot of languages ​​here, including Samoan, Portuguese, Japanese, Hawaiian, Chinese and Pidgin, a local dialect that is a mix of Hawaiian and English.

Tourism and the military in Hawaii

The late 19th century was also marked by the beginning of lucrative tourism in Hawaii, an industry that grew more than Hawaii was named the 50th state in 1959 and the first large aircraft arrived here. In 2000 there was a visitor record of 6.9 million visitors. Although the terrorist attacks of September 2001 had a negative impact on the tourism industry, it recovered only three years later, in 2004.

As a gateway to the Pacific, Hawaii, especially Oahu, is also home to the military. That is why there is a high military presence in Hawaii: Marine Corp Base (MCB) Hawaii, Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter Army Bases, Barbers Point Coast Guard Air Station, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hickam Air Force Base and Naval Station Pearl Harbor .

Steady population growth

In 2003 the US Census Bureau ranked Hawaii 10th for population growth in the US. The reasons for this are seen to be consistent immigration, a stable economy and the low unemployment rate. Hawaii's current population of just over 1.3 million is largely due to its high military presence and tourism. About 72% of all residents live in larger cities, such as Honolulu. Hawaii's population can swell even further during times of cultural or sporting events, such as the Aloha Festivals from August to October, the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo in February, the Honolulu Marathon in December or the Triple Crown of Surfing, which each Every year in November and December, thousands of surfers and surf fans from all over the world come to the north coast of Oahu.

Every year millions of visitors travel to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii and to discover the cultural and scenic diversity of the islands. Hawaii is the perfect place to enjoy the best of different worlds - from the bubbly city and nightlife to quiet beach walks, Hawaii has it all. During your stay, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center on the north coast of Oahu, discover the complex handicrafts of a Buddhist temple, or simply try the Pacific cuisine to get a taste of the cultural diversity of Hawaii.

Population Statistics:
Statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau

State of Hawaii

Population (2010):1,360,301
Population density (2010): 211.8 / sq mi, 81.8 / sq km
Average age (2010): 38.6 years

2010 Hawaiian Population Census:

Caucasian: 22.7%
Africa Americans: 1.6%
American Indian: 0.3%
Asians: 38.6%
Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders: 10%
Two or more races: 23.6%
Hispanics / Latinos: 8,9%

Military presence:

  • army 22,477
  • Navy & Marine Corps 10,810
  • air force 4,805
  • Coast guard 1,551

Population density:

Oahu:615.8 people per km2
Big Island:17.7 people per km2
Maui:72.2 people per km2
Kauai:46.8 people per km2
Molokai:10.9 people per km2
Lanai:8.6 people per km2
Niihau:1 person per km2