The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population.

Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise "most of the minority". We're not totally sure that's a term, but it's an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a "minority of the minority", generally. But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Hawaii is 524,609 - at 36.9% of the total population of Hawaii.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups -- Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across Hawaii? Which cities and towns in Hawaii have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

Here are the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Waipahu
  2. Ewa Villages
  3. Royal Kunia
  4. West Loch Estate
  5. Waipio
  6. Mililani Mauka
  7. Ewa Beach
  8. Urban Honolulu
  9. Kahului
  10. Pearl City

Which city in Hawaii had the largest Asian population? Waipahu took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Hawaii for 2021. 66.05% of Waipahu identify as Asian.

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 Asian, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the most diverse places in Hawaii.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Hawaii For 2021

Waipahu, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,469
% Asian: 66.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,068
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.38%
More on Waipahu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,585
% Asian: 62.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,129
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.96%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,565
% Asian: 62.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.66%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,139
% Asian: 55.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,436
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.63%
More on West Loch Estate: Real Estate | Data

Waipio, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,469
% Asian: 55.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,310
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.77%
More on Waipio: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,090
% Asian: 54.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,942
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.04%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Beach, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,479
% Asian: 52.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,584
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.36%
More on Ewa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 348,985
% Asian: 52.25%
# Of Asian Residents: 182,349
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.69%
More on Urban Honolulu: Real Estate | Data

Kahului, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 31,336
% Asian: 52.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 16,364
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.24%
More on Kahului: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 45,605
% Asian: 51.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,407
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.81%
More on Pearl City: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 Asian 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 Asian. The percentages ranked from 66.0% to 2.5%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii ranked by population of Asian 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 - Asian Populations Across Hawaii

If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Hawaii according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Hawaii:

  1. Kaneohe Station
  2. Schofield Barracks
  3. Nanakuli

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Hawaii

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Waipahu 66.05% 39,469
2 Ewa Villages 62.7% 6,585
3 Royal Kunia 62.22% 14,565
4 West Loch Estate 55.97% 6,139
5 Waipio 55.02% 11,469
6 Mililani Mauka 54.46% 20,090
7 Ewa Beach 52.38% 14,479
8 Urban Honolulu 52.25% 348,985
9 Kahului 52.22% 31,336
10 Pearl City 51.33% 45,605
11 Aiea 48.67% 9,638
12 Waimalu 47.86% 14,043
13 East Honolulu 47.77% 47,540
14 Halawa 46.84% 14,453
15 Mililani Town 44.16% 27,562
16 Lihue 43.24% 7,267
17 Waikele 42.1% 7,442
18 Ewa Gentry 41.02% 25,641
19 Lahaina 37.96% 12,776
20 Kaneohe 36.54% 33,841
21 Waipio Acres 36.16% 5,451
22 Wahiawa 35.14% 17,122
23 Waihee-Waiehu 33.6% 9,319
24 Ahuimanu 33.05% 8,023
25 Ocean Pointe 32.89% 14,989
26 Makakilo 32.35% 19,775
27 Hilo 32.13% 45,056
28 Kapolei 30.47% 21,674
29 Wailuku 30.03% 17,708
30 Kapaa 27.21% 10,580
31 Pukalani 26.58% 7,695
32 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 26.05% 11,908
33 Hawaiian Paradise Park 23.71% 11,202
34 Kihei 23.11% 22,402
35 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 20.07% 15,231
36 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 18.88% 37,586
37 Holualoa 18.66% 9,688
38 Waimanalo 18.26% 5,538
39 Wailua Homesteads 18.15% 6,117
40 Kula 17.05% 7,621
41 Waikoloa Village 16.67% 6,549
42 Makawao 16.43% 7,341
43 Napili-Honokowai 15.64% 6,739
44 Maili 15.52% 11,437
45 Kalaoa 14.95% 11,729
46 Laie 13.32% 5,704
47 Wailea 13.06% 6,218
48 Haiku-Pauwela 11.37% 8,987
49 Waianae 11.13% 13,609
50 Hickam Housing 9.07% 9,387
51 Makaha 7.0% 8,404
52 Nanakuli 6.87% 11,461
53 Schofield Barracks 3.87% 19,499
54 Kaneohe Station 2.53% 11,289

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