The latest state of hawaii data book is available on-line, and a simple look through some of the charts reveals some fascinating numbers. Now I am not a sociologist, an urbanologist, a futurologist, nor even an ichthyologist, but I do find the facts here to be interesting. Almost 71% of the state resides on Oahu, which is about 4% fewer than resided on Oahu 15-years ago. 2% more people now live on the Big Island and in Maui county vs. 15-years ago, while Kauai has remained population-steady for the past 15-years.
Out of the total population of 1,268,000 people, 308,000 people listed themselves as Hawaiian or part-Hhawaiian, 199,000 said they are Japanese, 142,000 Filipino, 292,000 Caucasian, 45,000 Chinese, and 255,000 mixed, but not Hawaiian. Those were the major groups. Talk about a melting pot; talk about a place that stretches out from here to there with all kinds of people in all kinds of places. And to add to the diversity- 162,000 people said they speak Tagolog, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish or Korean at home- not English.