Lawai, Hawaii

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Population in 2010: 2,363. Population change since 2000: +19.1%
Males: 1,133  (47.9%)
Females: 1,230  (52.1%)
Median resident age:  41.8 years
Hawaii median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 96765.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $65,183 (it was $55,662 in 2000)
Lawai:

$65,183
HI:

$66,259
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $33,657 (it was $22,884 in 2000)

Lawai CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $475,112 (it was $219,000 in 2000)
Lawai:

$475,112
HI:

$496,600
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $742,361; Detached houses: $740,918; Townhouses or other attached units: over $1,000,000; In 2-unit structures: $945,222; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $175,541; Mobile homes: $334,204

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,250.

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Lawai races chart
  • White alone - 848 (35.9%)
  • Asian alone - 549 (23.2%)
  • Two or more races - 496 (21.0%)
  • Hispanic - 300 (12.7%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 156 (6.6%)
  • Black alone - 7 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 6 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.04%)

Races in Lawai detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lawai: 104.1 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Portuguese (10.0%), German (9.2%), English (5.5%), Irish (5.0%), Italian (2.4%), French (1.9%).

Current Local Time: HST (no DST) time zone

Elevation: 440 feet

Land area: 3.80 square miles.

Population density: 621 people per square mile   (low).

Lawai,HI real estate house value index trend

Lawai, Hawaii map

For population 25 years and over in Lawai:

  • High school or higher: 94.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 31.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.6%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lawai CDP:

  • Never married: 20.8%
  • Now married: 60.3%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 5.4%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

142 residents are foreign born (2.5% Asia, 1.6% Europe).

This place:  6.6%
Hawaii:  17.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,343 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $633 (0.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ewa, HI (103.8 miles , pop. 272,328).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2628.8 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Kalaheo, HI (1.2 miles ), Omao, HI (1.3 miles ), Koloa, HI (1.7 miles ), Poipu, HI (2.0 miles ), Eleele, HI (2.2 miles ), Hanapepe, HI (2.3 miles ), Kaumakani, HI (2.7 miles ), Puhi, HI (2.8 miles ).

Latitude: 21.93 N, Longitude: 159.51 W

Lawai household income distribution Lawai home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.4%
Hawaii:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (20%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

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

Average climate in Lawai, Hawaii

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Lawai-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Hawaii state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/21/1951 at 10:57:00, a magnitude 6.9 (6.9 UK, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 272.1 miles away from the city center
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 336.2 miles away from Lawai center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths)
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 268.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/16/1983 at 16:13:00, a magnitude 6.7 (6.4 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.7 MW) earthquake occurred 317.9 miles away from the city center, causing $6,000,000 total damage
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 315.2 miles away from Lawai center
On 10/15/2006 at 17:14:12, a magnitude 6.0 (5.8 MB, 6.0 MW, Depth: 11.7 mi) earthquake occurred 258.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Kauai County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Mudslides: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, High Surf: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Typhoon: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Lawai topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Lawai:

  • HALE KUPUNA HERITAGE HOME, LLC (4297A OMAO ROAD)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Lawai:

  • KAUAI HOSPICE (Hospital, about 9 miles away; LIHUE, HI)
  • ST.FRANCIS HOME CARE SERVICES - KAUAI (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; LIHUE, HI)
  • G N WILCOX MEM HOSP - SNF/ICF (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; LIHUE, HI)
  • KAUAI DIALYSIS FACILITY (Dialysis Facility, about 10 miles away; LIHUE, HI)
  • KAUAI CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; WAIMEA, HI)
  • KAUAI VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; WAIMEA, HI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lawai:

  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii (about 104 miles; Laie, HI; Full-time enrollment: 3,527)
  • Leeward Community College (about 105 miles; Pearl City, HI; FT enrollment: 4,589)
  • Honolulu Community College (about 114 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 2,538)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (about 115 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,506)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (about 118 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 16,461)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (about 118 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 2,610)
  • Kapiolani Community College (about 119 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,069)

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Reservoirs: Huinawai Reservoir (A), Aepoekolu Reservoir (B), Aepoalua Reservoir (C), Aepo Reservoir (D), Kaupale Reservoir (E), Hanini Reservoir (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Kauai Snorkel Tours (P.O. Box 255).

Hotel: Victoria Place Bed & Breakfast (PO Box 930).

Kauai 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 2006 was 18.8. This is significantly better than average.

City:

18.8
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2006 was 11.4. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.4
U.S.:

20.2
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 5.6%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 4.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 5.3% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
Hawaii:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  72.6%
Whole state:  68.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.6%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.6% of all households

Lawai compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Lawai travel time to work - commute Lawai mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • No fuel used (84%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Utility gas (2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Solar energy (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

Neighborhood in Lawai (Lawai, Hawaii Neighborhood Map):

Religion statistics for Lawai CDP (based on Kauai County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.32%
Here: 52.3%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchUnited Church of ChristEpiscopal ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents68.2%8.7%5.3%3.8%2.4%
Congregations13.0%7.8%14.3%6.5%5.2%
NameMissionary ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionSalvation ArmySeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents2.1%1.8%1.7%1.4%4.5%
Congregations5.2%5.2%3.9%2.6%36.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 22
Kauai County:

3.51 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

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

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
Kauai County:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Kauai County:

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 87
Here:

13.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.2%
Hawaii:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Kauai County:

20.4%
Hawaii:

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

7.6%
State:

9.2%

4.60% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,810 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.60%
Hawaii average:

5.49%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,075 average AGI)
Kauai County:

0.09%
Hawaii average:

0.31%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Honolulu County, HI  0.83% ($40,269 average AGI)
from Maui County, HI  0.23% ($57,627)
from San Diego County, CA  0.17% ($56,023)


4.53% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($41,839 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.53%
Hawaii average:

5.34%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($613 average AGI)
Kauai County:

0.06%
Hawaii average:

0.28%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Honolulu County, HI  1.06% ($36,011 average AGI)
to Clark County, NV  0.18% ($30,478)
to Hawaii County, HI  0.17% ($38,349)

Strongest AM radio stations in Lawai:

  • KUAI (720 AM; 5 kW; ELEELE, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)
  • KQNG (570 AM; 1 kW; LIHUE, HI; Owner: VISONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)
  • KAIM (870 AM; 50 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KHNR (650 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KHCM (940 AM; 10 kW; WAIPAHU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, 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.)
  • KSSK (590 AM; 8 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KHVH (830 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KLHT (1040 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF HONOLULU, INC.)
  • KUAU (1570 AM; 50 kW; HAIKU, HI; Owner: FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-KAHULUI, MAUI)
  • KUMU (1500 AM; 10 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF OAHU LICENSE LLC)
  • KJPN (1370 AM; 6 kW; PEARL CITY, HI; Owner: DIAMOND BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Lawai:

  • KAQA (91.9 FM; KILAUEA, HI; Owner: KEKAHU FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • KSRF (95.9 FM; POIPU, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC)
  • K211DQ (90.1 FM; KAUAI, HI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KITH (98.9 FM; KAPAA, HI; Owner: HOCHMAN HAWAII-TWO, INC.)
  • KHJC (88.9 FM; LIHUE, HI; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • KTOH (99.9 FM; KALAHEO, HI; Owner: HOCHMAN HAWAII-ONE, INC.)
  • KAWV (98.1 FM; LIHUE, HI; Owner: O'HANA RADIO PARTNERS)
  • KSHK (103.3 FM; KEKAHA, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC)
  • KFMN (96.9 FM; LIHUE, HI; Owner: FM 97 ASSOCIATES)
  • KQNG-FM (93.5 FM; LIHUE, HI; Owner: VISONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Lawai:

  • K57BI (Channel 57; WAIMEA, HI; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K63AI (Channel 63; KAUMAKANI, ETC., HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION)
  • K55DZ (Channel 55; LIHUE, HI; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K51BB (Channel 51; LIHUE, HI; Owner: KITV HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC. (CA CORP.))
  • K69BZ (Channel 69; LIHUE, ETC., HI; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K65BV (Channel 65; LIHUE, ETC., HI; Owner: RAYCOM NATIONAL, INC.)
  • K67AV (Channel 67; LIHUE, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION)
Lawai, Hawaii:
  • Fatal accident count: 8
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 10
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
  • Fatalities: 9
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 18
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 3
Hawaii average:
  • Fatal accident count: 106
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 151
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 48
  • Fatalities: 115
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 280
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 18
See more detailed statistics of Lawai fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 4
Total length: 18 meters (59ft)
Total costs: $1,978,000
Total average daily traffic: 40,105
Total average daily truck traffic: 771
Total future (year 2020) average daily traffic: 54,150
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Lawai)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3
  • Hazardous Condition: 1

Lawai on our top lists:

  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most Two or more races residents"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 100 most racially diverse cities"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most Korean residents"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most American Indian residents"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
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Total of 9 patent applications in 2008-2015.



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