The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii For 2021


We used data and science to determine the places in Hawaii everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Hawaii.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Urban Honolulu and East Honolulu, while others want peace and quiet like in Hawaiian Ocean View and Hanamaulu, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Hawaii have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Aloha State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Hawaii for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Hawaii for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Ocean Pointe ranks as the fastest growing city in Hawaii. If you happen to be a resident of Ocean Pointe, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Hawaii are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Hawaii state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Hawaii For 2021

1. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,989
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,078
Percent Growth 146.6%
Absolute Growth: 8,911
More on Ocean Pointe: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Kapolei

Kapolei, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,674
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,043
Percent Growth 80.0%
Absolute Growth: 9,631
More on Kapolei: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Kahaluu-Keauhou

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,291
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Population 2010: 3,187
Percent Growth 66.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,104
More on Kahaluu-Keauhou: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Schofield Barracks

Schofield Barracks, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,499
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 12,044
Percent Growth 61.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,455
More on Schofield Barracks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Hawaiian Ocean View

Hawaiian Ocean View, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,011
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 3,148
Percent Growth 59.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,863
More on Hawaiian Ocean View: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Hawaiian Paradise Park

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,202
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,842
Percent Growth 42.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,360
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Maili

Maili, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,437
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,065
Percent Growth 41.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,372
More on Maili: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Kalaoa

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,729
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 8,669
Percent Growth 35.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,060
More on Kalaoa: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Hickam Housing

Hickam Housing, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,387
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,011
Percent Growth 33.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,376
More on Hickam Housing: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Hanamaulu

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,150
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Population 2010: 3,891
Percent Growth 32.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,259
More on Hanamaulu: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Aloha State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 59 Hawaii cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Aloha State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Hawaii with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Hawaii Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Hawaii, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Hawaii are led by Ocean Pointe which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Ahuimanu
  2. Waimanalo
  3. Nanakuli

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Hawaii For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Ocean Pointe 146.6% 14,989 6,078
2 Kapolei 80.0% 21,674 12,043
3 Kahaluu-Keauhou 66.0% 5,291 3,187
4 Schofield Barracks 61.9% 19,499 12,044
5 Hawaiian Ocean View 59.2% 5,011 3,148
6 Hawaiian Paradise Park 42.8% 11,202 7,842
7 Maili 41.8% 11,437 8,065
8 Kalaoa 35.3% 11,729 8,669
9 Hickam Housing 33.9% 9,387 7,011
10 Hanamaulu 32.4% 5,150 3,891

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