The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


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

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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 522,125 - at 36.8% 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 2022:

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

Which city in Hawaii had the largest Asian population? Ewa Villages took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Hawaii for 2022. 68.09% of Ewa Villages 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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,452
% Asian: 68.09%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,393
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.82%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Villages, HI

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Population: 38,276
% Asian: 65.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 25,056
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.21%
More on Waipahu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waipahu, HI

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7
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Population: 13,857
% Asian: 57.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,021
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.13%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 10,745
% Asian: 56.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,086
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.98%
More on Waipio: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waipio, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 19,808
% Asian: 56.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,165
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.24%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 29,993
% Asian: 52.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,687
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.97%
More on Kahului: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kahului, HI

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 347,181
% Asian: 52.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 181,321
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.24%
More on Urban Honolulu: Real Estate | Data

Urban Honolulu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 45,159
% Asian: 51.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,224
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.55%
More on Pearl City: Real Estate | Data

Source: Public Domain
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7
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Population: 6,685
% Asian: 51.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,417
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.04%
More on West Loch Estate: Real Estate | Data

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6
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Population: 13,803
% Asian: 51.0%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,039
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.35%
More on Ewa Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Beach, HI

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 51 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 68.1% to 4.8%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Ewa Villages took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Schofield Barracks 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.

Summary: 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. Schofield Barracks
  2. Nanakuli
  3. Hickam Housing

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Hawaii

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Ewa Villages 68.09% 6,452
2 Waipahu 65.46% 38,276
3 Royal Kunia 57.88% 13,857
4 Waipio 56.64% 10,745
5 Mililani Mauka 56.37% 19,808
6 Kahului 52.3% 29,993
7 Urban Honolulu 52.23% 347,181
8 Pearl City 51.43% 45,159
9 West Loch Estate 51.11% 6,685
10 Ewa Beach 51.0% 13,803
11 Waimalu 49.61% 13,714
12 Aiea 47.69% 9,730
13 Waikele 47.58% 7,246
14 Lihue 47.42% 9,036
15 East Honolulu 47.28% 47,132
16 Halawa 46.47% 13,953
17 Mililani Town 46.24% 27,459
18 Ewa Gentry 42.53% 26,358
19 Wahiawa 40.26% 16,442
20 Waipio Acres 38.19% 5,556
21 Kaneohe 37.76% 33,540
22 Lahaina 36.46% 13,216
23 Ocean Pointe 35.08% 15,688
24 Waihee-Waiehu 34.7% 10,771
25 Ahuimanu 33.34% 8,254
26 Wailuku 32.79% 17,523
27 Hilo 31.76% 45,248
28 Makakilo 28.2% 19,565
29 Kapolei 28.09% 21,541
30 Pukalani 26.86% 7,689
31 Kapaa 25.95% 9,961
32 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 24.1% 10,969
33 Hawaiian Paradise Park 22.39% 10,921
34 Kihei 21.46% 22,749
35 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 21.41% 22,972
36 Kula 19.69% 6,687
37 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 19.04% 37,900
38 Napili-Honokowai 18.94% 6,870
39 Waimanalo 18.66% 5,599
40 Waikoloa Village 18.02% 7,366
41 Wailua Homesteads 16.17% 6,301
42 Laie 15.34% 6,071
43 Maili 14.21% 12,591
44 Makawao 14.16% 7,989
45 Haiku-Pauwela 11.27% 9,107
46 Wailea 10.53% 6,239
47 Waianae 9.13% 13,192
48 Makaha 8.91% 10,087
49 Hickam Housing 7.96% 9,463
50 Nanakuli 6.16% 11,379
51 Schofield Barracks 4.77% 18,276

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population.

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