The 10 Hawaii Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2023


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Hawaii with the largest Native American population.

There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there's a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in Hawaii that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in Hawaii is 2,326 - at 0.2% of the total population of Hawaii.

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

The 10 Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

  1. Nanakuli
  2. Orchidlands Estates
  3. Pukalani
  4. Ahuimanu
  5. Schofield Barracks
  6. Kula
  7. Laie
  8. Paia
  9. Ocean Pointe
  10. Lihue

Which city in Hawaii had the largest Native American population?

Nanakuli took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Hawaii for 2023. 1.59% of Nanakuli identify as Native American.

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

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Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

Nanakuli, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,587
% Native American: 1.59%
# Of Native American Residents: 200
Percent Change Since 2010: 700.0%
More on Nanakuli: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Orchidlands Estates, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,749
% Native American: 1.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 33
Percent Change Since 2010: 450.0%
More on Orchidlands Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pukalani, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,315
% Native American: 1.03%
# Of Native American Residents: 75
Percent Change Since 2010: 294.74%
More on Pukalani: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ahuimanu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,943
% Native American: 0.88%
# Of Native American Residents: 79
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Ahuimanu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Schofield Barracks, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,255
% Native American: 0.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 142
Percent Change Since 2010: 158.18%
More on Schofield Barracks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,495
% Native American: 0.63%
# Of Native American Residents: 47
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.67%
More on Kula: Real Estate | Data

Laie, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,436
% Native American: 0.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 40
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Laie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paia, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,410
% Native American: 0.58%
# Of Native American Residents: 14
Percent Change Since 2010: 250.0%
More on Paia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 16,676
% Native American: 0.58%
# Of Native American Residents: 96
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lihue, HI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,371
% Native American: 0.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 47
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Lihue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

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 2017-2021 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 American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 2,000 people. That left us with 86 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.59% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Nanakuli took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Whitmore Village was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii ranked by population of American Indian and Alaska Native residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Native American Populations Across Hawaii

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

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

  1. Whitmore Village
  2. Mililani Town
  3. Maunawili

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Hawaii?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Nanakuli 1.59% 12,587
2 Orchidlands Estates 1.2% 2,749
3 Pukalani 1.03% 7,315
4 Ahuimanu 0.88% 8,943
5 Schofield Barracks 0.78% 18,255
6 Kula 0.63% 7,495
7 Laie 0.62% 6,436
8 Paia 0.58% 2,410
9 Ocean Pointe 0.58% 16,676
10 Lihue 0.56% 8,371
11 Heeia 0.4% 4,777
12 Mililani Mauka 0.33% 21,657
13 Hanamaulu 0.32% 4,435
14 Koloa 0.3% 2,348
15 Wailuku 0.29% 15,670
16 Puhi 0.26% 4,154
17 Makaha 0.23% 9,710
18 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 0.22% 40,402
19 Kahaluu 0.22% 5,006
20 Waikele 0.21% 7,495
21 Waipio 0.21% 10,989
22 Waianae 0.18% 14,152
23 Makawao 0.16% 7,670
24 Wailua Homesteads 0.14% 6,634
25 Halawa 0.13% 14,990
26 Kaunakakai 0.12% 3,263
27 Kaneohe 0.11% 34,509
28 Kahului 0.11% 27,938
29 Makakilo 0.11% 20,862
30 Hickam Housing 0.1% 10,022
31 Ewa Gentry 0.1% 28,125
32 Urban Honolulu 0.09% 351,554
33 Wailea 0.09% 6,546
34 Waihee-Waiehu 0.08% 11,059
35 Kekaha 0.07% 3,014
36 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 0.05% 21,460
37 Hilo 0.05% 46,559
38 Kihei 0.04% 22,840
39 East Honolulu 0.03% 50,076
40 Pearl City 0.02% 45,941
41 Waipahu 0.02% 39,927
42 Ewa Villages 0.02% 6,657
43 Waimanalo 0.0% 5,371
44 Wheeler Afb 0.0% 2,353
45 Waipio Acres 0.0% 5,618
46 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 0.0% 10,422
47 Wahiawa 0.0% 17,357
48 Waimanalo Beach 0.0% 4,389
49 West Loch Estate 0.0% 6,239
50 Pupukea 0.0% 4,416
51 Wailua 0.0% 2,630
52 Royal Kunia 0.0% 14,390
53 Waikoloa Village 0.0% 7,519
54 Waialua 0.0% 3,222
55 Waimalu 0.0% 13,818
56 Lanai City 0.0% 3,079
57 Napili-Honokowai 0.0% 6,762
58 Mountain View 0.0% 3,467
59 Ainaloa 0.0% 3,963
60 Captain Cook 0.0% 4,087
61 Eleele 0.0% 2,329
62 Ewa Beach 0.0% 14,614
63 Haiku-Pauwela 0.0% 9,347
64 Haleiwa 0.0% 4,651
65 Hanapepe 0.0% 2,456
66 Hauula 0.0% 3,869
67 Hawaiian Acres 0.0% 3,093
68 Hawaiian Beaches 0.0% 4,213
69 Hawaiian Ocean View 0.0% 3,851
70 Hawaiian Paradise Park 0.0% 11,942
71 Holualoa 0.0% 2,710
72 Honaunau-Napoopoo 0.0% 2,538
73 Iroquois Point 0.0% 5,737
74 Kahaluu-Keauhou 0.0% 7,236
75 Kahuku 0.0% 2,371
76 Kalaheo 0.0% 4,776
77 Kapaa 0.0% 11,516
78 Kapolei 0.0% 23,248
79 Kilauea 0.0% 3,349
80 Lahaina 0.0% 13,261
81 Aiea 0.0% 9,527
82 Lawai 0.0% 2,733
83 Maili 0.0% 13,245
84 Maunawili 0.0% 2,071
85 Mililani Town 0.0% 27,974
86 Whitmore Village 0.0% 3,881

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