21 percent in HI say they're part Native Hawaiian

Published: May. 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Census figures crunched by state officials say more than one-fifth of Hawaii residents identify as at least part Native Hawaiian.

The state department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism says nearly 290,000 Hawaii residents identified themselves as either fully or partially Native Hawaiian in the 2010 census.

That's up 21 percent from 2000, well outpacing overall population growth of 12.3 percent.

The number of people who identify only as Native Hawaiian stayed the same in 2000 and 2010 at just over 80,000. That represents less than 6 percent of Hawaii's total population of nearly 1.4 million.

The state's analysis shows populations of other Pacific Island groups also grew quickly during the decade.

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