Kau, Hawaii

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Population in July 2007: 6,768.
Males: 3,501  (51.7%)
Females: 3,267  (48.3%)
Median resident age:  41.5 years
Hawaii median age:  36.2 years

Zip code: 96772

Estimated median household income in 2013: $35,828 (it was $29,466 in 2000)
Kau:

$35,828
HI:

$68,020

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $17,547 (it was $14,119 in 2000)

Kau CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $162,855 (it was $86,700 in 2000)
Kau:

$162,855
HI:

$500,000

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $342,206; Detached houses: $334,300; Townhouses or other attached units: $398,127; In 2-unit structures: $455,084; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $299,354; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $447,611; Mobile homes: $487,645; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $100,358
  • Races in Kau, HI (2000)

    Kau races chart
    • 1,97833.9%White alone
    • 1,35023.2%Asian alone
    • 1,34723.1%Two or more races
    • 64711.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 4067.0%Hispanic
    • 370.6%Black alone
    • 350.6%American Indian alone
    • 270.5%Other race alone
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Kau: 109.5 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: HST (no DST) time zone

Land area: 922.2 square miles.

Population density: 7.3 people per square mile   (very low).

Kau, Hawaii map

For population 25 years and over in Kau:

  • High school or higher: 79.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.2%
  • Unemployed: 16.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 39.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Kau CCD:

  • Never married: 26.0%
  • Now married: 55.7%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Kau CCD:  0.2% ($199)
Hawaii:  0.3% ($765)
Kau satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Honolulu, HI (209.1 miles , pop. 371,657).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2505.6 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Waiohinu, HI (2.0 miles ), Naalehu, HI (2.0 miles ), Discovery Harbour, HI (2.5 miles ), Pahala, HI (3.1 miles ), Hawaiian Ocean View, HI (3.3 miles ), South Kona, HI (4.8 miles ), Keokea, HI (5.3 miles ), Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI (5.4 miles ).

Latitude: 19.13 N, Longitude: 155.60 W

Kau household income distribution Kau home values distribution

Kau tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.5%
Hawaii:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (21%)
  • Construction (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (3%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)

Work and jobs in Kau: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Kau, Hawaii

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Kau-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Hawaii state average. It is 59% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/29/1975 at 14:47:40, a magnitude 7.2 (6.0 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 UK, 7.2 MS, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 43.2 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths)
On 8/21/1951 at 10:57:00, a magnitude 6.9 (6.9 UK, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 50.5 miles away from Kau center
On 11/16/1983 at 16:13:00, a magnitude 6.7 (6.4 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.7 MW) earthquake occurred 26.1 miles away from the city center, causing $6,000,000 total damage
On 10/15/2006 at 17:07:49, a magnitude 6.7 (6.2 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.7 MW, Depth: 24.2 mi) earthquake occurred 56.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/26/1989 at 03:27:03, a magnitude 6.2 (5.8 MB, 6.1 MS, 6.2 MS, 6.2 MD) earthquake occurred 35.6 miles away from Kau center, destroying 5 buildings
On 4/26/1973 at 20:26:28, a magnitude 6.3 (6.0 MB, 6.1 MS, 6.3 UK, 6.2 ML) earthquake occurred 65.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hawaii County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Earthquake: 1, Flood: 1, High Surf: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Storm: 1, Tsunami Wave: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Kau:

  • KAU HOSPITAL (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; PAHALA, HI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Kau:

  • Hawaii Community College (about 53 miles; Hilo, HI; Full-time enrollment: 2,137)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (about 53 miles; Hilo, HI; FT enrollment: 3,161)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (about 135 miles; Kahului, HI; FT enrollment: 2,492)
  • Kapiolani Community College (about 207 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,069)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (about 208 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 2,610)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (about 208 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 16,461)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (about 211 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,506)

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Notable locations in Kau: Heiau o Malino (A), Heiau o Molilele (B), Keauhou Ranch (C), Manukā Mauka House (D), Mountain House (E), Waha‘ula Heiau (F), Nā‘ālehu Substation (G), South Point Road Substation (H), Ka‘alu‘alu (I), Kaieie Heiau (J), Kaulana Boat Ramp (K), Kaneeleele Heiau (L), Kapāpala Ranch (M), Kapāpala Camp (N), Nāmakanipaio Campground (O), Sea Mountain Golf Club (P), Pepeiao Cabin (Q), Southwest Rift Overlook (R), Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (S), Volcano House (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Kau include: Holy Rosary Church (A), Hokuloa Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Hoonoua (A), Pakoa Waterhole (B), Kaopapawai Waterhole (C), Kanonone Waterhole (D), Maunaanu Waterhole (E), Waipouli (F), Keāīwa Reservoir (G), Na Manua Haalou (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Na Ka Puaiakone (A), Kahawaikōlono (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Kau include: Punaluu Beach Park (1), Manukā State Park (2), Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (3), Wai‘ōhinu Park (4), Whittington Park (5), Kapāpala Forest Reserve (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Punalu‘u Beach (A), Pōhue Beach (B), Mahana Beach (C), Keone‘ele‘ele (D), Kamehame Beach (E), Ka‘iliki‘i Beach (F), Kōloa Beach (G), Wai‘ahukini Beach (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hawaii County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 243. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

243
U.S.:

74

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 23.1. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.1
U.S.:

1.9

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 13.0. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.0
U.S.:

9.1
Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
Hawaii:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  61.2%
Whole state:  68.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  10.3%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.6% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

23.9%
Whole state:

10.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

10.1%
Whole state:

5.0%

People in group quarters in Kau in 2010:

  • 123 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 16 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 7 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults
15 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere in 2000
6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse in 2000

Kau compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.2
Hawaii average:

12.8

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • No fuel used (41%)
  • Electricity (30%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17%)
  • Wood (7%)
  • Solar energy (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Kau CCD (based on Hawaii County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other38,70188
Catholic30,61622
Evangelical Protestant16,302120
Mainline Protestant5,88243
Orthodox251
None93,553-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 36
Hawaii County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 34
Hawaii County:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 44
Hawaii County:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 143
Here:

8.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.00 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.1%
Hawaii:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Hawaii County:

21.2%
Hawaii:

20.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.3%
State:

9.2%

4.72% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,873 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.72%
Hawaii average:

5.49%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($341 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.06%
Hawaii average:

0.31%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Honolulu County, HI  0.93% ($35,267 average AGI)
from Maui County, HI  0.20% ($32,969)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.15% ($39,598)


4.46% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,270 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
Hawaii average:

5.34%

0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($655 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.10%
Hawaii average:

0.28%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Honolulu County, HI  1.04% ($36,222 average AGI)
to Maui County, HI  0.21% ($35,265)
to Clark County, NV  0.14% ($34,656)

Strongest AM radio stations in Kau:

  • KKON (790 AM; 5 kW; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KPUA (670 AM; 10 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: NEW WEST BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KIPA (620 AM; 10 kW; NAALEHU, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KHLO (850 AM; 5 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KUAU (1570 AM; 50 kW; HAIKU, HI; Owner: FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-KAHULUI, MAUI)
  • KAIM (870 AM; 50 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KHBC (1060 AM; 5 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: HILO BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KMVI (550 AM; 5 kW; WAILUKU, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP,INC.)
  • KNUI (900 AM; 5 kW; KAHULUI, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KORL (690 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: NEW WAVE BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • KGU (760 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KHNR (650 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KAOI (1110 AM; 5 kW; KIHEI, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Kau:

  • KLEO (106.1 FM; KAHALUU, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KAGB (99.1 FM; WAIMEA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KLUA (93.9 FM; KAILUA KONA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KAOY (101.5 FM; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KNUQ (103.7 FM; PAAUILO, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT II,)

TV broadcast stations around Kau:

  • K63BB (Channel 63; NAALEHU, ETC., HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Ohia Mill (Lat: 19.223667 Lon: -155.861111), Type: Tower, Structure height: 26 m, Call Sign: WPKA305, Licensee ID: L00101374
    Assigned Frequencies: 456.475 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/23/2011, Expiration Date: 12/31/2021, Certifier: Clyde H Nagata
    Registrant: Hawaii Elecric Light Company Inc, Hilo, HI 96721-1027, Phone: (808) 935-1171, Fax: (808) 969-0256, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • KILAUEA SUB, Kilauea Substation (Lat: 19.350417 Lon: -155.385528), Type: Pole, Structure height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WNTR517
    Assigned Frequencies: 954.750 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/01/2008, Expiration Date: 06/22/2018
    Registrant: Hawaii Electric Light Company Inc, Hilo, HI 96721, Phone: (808) 969-0358, Fax: (808) 969-0256, Email:

Kau on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (population 5,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Sales and office occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Sewing, needlework, and piece goods stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of workers with very long commute times (90 or more minutes) (population 5,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Water transportation (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 100 high-educated but low-earning cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most American Indian residents (pop 5,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Waiters and waitresses (population 5,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (population 5,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 100 most racially diverse cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Registered nurses (population 5,000+)"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (population 5,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Office supplies and stationery stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most Two or more races residents (pop 5,000+)"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #22 (96772) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Northern European first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that had a sunburn in the past 12 months"
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