By OSKAR GARCIA
HONOLULU (AP) - A state analysis of U.S. Census data shows Hawaii has by far the largest share of Asians and the smallest share of whites in any U.S. state's total population.
The research division of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said the data released Thursday shows nearly 57% of Hawaii's population identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more races as of July 1 last year. That's by far the highest share of any state, with California ranked second at nearly 16%.
Despite a population of just under 1.4 million, Hawaii ranks fifth in the country in its raw population of nearly 792,000 Asians.
The analysis says 43% of people in Hawaii identified as white, alone or in combination with another race.