Hawaii may have the most perse population of any state. New census figures show that no single race can count even a quarter of the population in the islands.

Detailed census figures from the 2010 count have just been released for Hawaii. The population of the entire state is 1,360,301 – around the number of people who live in Phoenix, Arizona or San Antonio, Texas. Hawaii is number 40 on the list of states by population, two places higher than in the 2000 census. It passed up Maine and New Hampshire over the past decade.

The people who populate the islands of Hawaii are a perse group. The largest single race is white with 24.7 percent, but the combined category of “Asian” numbers 38.6 percent. That includes the second and third largest single races: Filipino and Japanese. They traded places this census with Filipinos at 14.5 percent and Japanese at 13.6 percent (Japanese were in second place and Filipinos in third in the 2000 count).

For the United States as a whole, the population is over 72 percent white and Asians are just under 5 percent. The second largest racial group in the United States is people of Hispanic or Latino origin at just over 16 percent. In Hawaii, Hispanic/Latinos account for almost 9 percent of the population – I think that’s the closest correlation of any of the races between Hawaii and the U.S. overall. That group is growing in Hawaii, with a 38% increase since 2000, much higher than the overall state population growth of 12%.

But the counts by race don’t tell the whole story. Almost tied with the number for “white” is the category of people with two or more races: 23.6%. That group is just 2.9% in the United States overall. And the possible combinations are pretty impressive too: 28 different races are listed as contributing to Hawaii’s population mixture.


  1. I love how diverse the islands are.  That's one of the best things about living here.  All of the wonderful people from all sorts of backgrounds with all sorts of life stories

  2. I was going to say the same thing Kalan's.  It's odd they took a survey of the Hawaiian Islands and they classified us as all Asian/Pacific Islanders.  Census go figure.  There are loads of different Pacific Islanders here and we all classify ourselves as separate from Asians.

  3. In response to my own comment, please see the official census at: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/15000.html. We Hawaiians are mixed with Chamorrans, Samoans, and other Pacific Islanders? at 10%? Defined as: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. It includes people who indicate their race as "Native Hawaiian," "Guamanian or Chamorro," "Samoan," and "Other Pacific Islander" or provide other detailed Pacific Islander responses.
    Let's face it! We are disappearing or mixing with other cultures as the world turns. One day, there will be no whites, blacks, browns, yellows, etc. We'll use other words in place of current nationalities. It is a natural progression so let us all enjoy our great cuisines here in Hawaii with our mixing of cultures, LOL! 
    Being Hawaiian, it is great knowing other people help to perpetuate our Hawaiian culture by taking their time to learn Hula and our Hawaiian language. 

  4. First, I should have thanked Cindy S. for a great write up today. Mahalo Cindy!
    But I was just thinking about something. How would a Hawaiian respond to this blog? I mean, a Hawaiian from 1820. This is the recorded year when the first missionaries arrived to Hawaii and helped to develop the Hawaiian language taught in schools today (Christian missionaries arrived years earlier but was never officially recorded). By this time the word "Haole" was already used (not the "How-lee" that is wrongly used sometimes in a derogatory way except during passionately appropriate moments) but the "Foreigner" haole; pronounced "how-le" (the e as in elegant). Anyone in 1820 who was not Hawaiian was a foreigner and considered a "Haole" Literal translation, 'A'ole = "Lacking of" or "none" or "no" and "Ha" the "Breath of life". 
    Drop the "okina" "A" "okina" in 'A'ole, add the "Ha" in front of "ole" and you have "Haole". Hawaiians traditionally exchange breaths as they greet each other. You will find many Hawaiians still do today. This exchange from the "Na'au" (or the center of one's being white man calls the abdomen) is a gesture that bring two together in truth and what is spoken between the two is from their hearts or souls and you knew that what you were discussing is never deviant. Non-Hawaiians or "Foreigners" at that time shook hands when they greeted each other and lacked that "Ha", the breath, the truth, which would later manifest in their actions.  
    Therefore, based on the 2010 Census, the Haole makes up for more than 90% of Hawaii's population today.

  5. Thanks Cindy for the article and thanks Kalani for your comments and info.  I, too,  am Hawaii Bred with Hawaiian Ancestry, so I appreciate your input.  I must say growing up here with so many different ethnic ancestries has been a blessing.  You appreciate and respect each other for who each indivual is and not by what you look like.  Its nice!

  6. Aloha all, thanks for the comments! Kalani and Lin, it was certainly my omission not to mention the Hawaiian percentage in this post. The focus was on how many different ethnicities now populate these islands and I assumed people would know there were Hawaiians here – an unfortunate decision. I hope the next post "What does it mean to be Hawaiian" helps to fill the gap. Thanks so much for contributing to the conversation!

  7. I must say that I do notice and enjoy the diversity in the islands, but hawaiians, americans, polynesians, asians…  Who gives a flying fig leaf?  We are all just people and the only reason we separate ourselves into groups is the money trail and to make ourselves feel separate or superior to others.  Waste of time.  There should be no focus on "race" at all in census or in the public's eye. It is only useful for political purposes. The color of your skin or the ground you popped out onto at birth, does.not.matter.

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