Hawaii Business asked 11 people to serve as models for this feature to reflect the age and ethnic diversity of Hawaii’s people. Shown left to right are: Napualani Lealaimatafao, Nicole Akana, Lindsey Higa, David Choo and Brett Pellicciotti. Portraits by David Croxford
Hawaii Business asked 11 people to serve as models for this feature to reflect the age and ethnic diversity of Hawaii’s people. Shown left to right are: Napualani Lealaimatafao, Nicole Akana, Lindsey Higa, David Choo and Brett Pellicciotti. Portraits by David Croxford

Hawaii: Who We Are

Numbers from the U.S. Census and other reputable studies are telling new stories about Hawaii’s people, some strikingly different from the Hawaii we thought we knew. Who are we? How are we changing? How do we live? How do we die? Read on and find the answers.

July, 2016

Our Sources

Reliable data collection on a big scale takes time. The most recent statistics available for this report are primarily from 2014, sometimes earlier or from 2015.

Our information came from many sources; here are abbreviations and acronyms we use when listing sources:

  • U.S. Census: Census;
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: BLS;
  • State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism: DBEDT;
  • Hawaii Tourism Authority: HTA;
  • The nonprofit Pew Research Center: Pew;
  • U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Manpower Data Center: DoD;
  • Governing.com: Gov;
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs Data Book: OHA;
  • United Nations World Tourism Organization: UNWTO;
  • Hawaii Injury Prevention Plan 2012-17: Prevent;
  • University of Hawaii: UH;
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC

Sometimes, one agency will compile or extrapolate data based on information supplied by another agency, such as when DBEDT provides Hawaii-specific data based on Census numbers.

When possible, we provide shortcut links to the source material so you can dive deeper into the numbers.


Snapshot: A Day in Paradise

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Population

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Hawaii’s Ethnic Groups

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Hawaii Spending

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What We Do: Occupations and Health

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Military and Visitors

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