Lawai, Hawaii

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Population in 2010: 2,363.
Population change since 2000: +19.1%
Males: 1,187  (50.3%)
Females: 1,176  (49.7%)
Median resident age:

43.8 years
Hawaii median age:

39.2 years

Zip codes: 96765.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $103,683 (it was $55,662 in 2000)
Lawai:

$103,683
HI:

$77,765

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $35,313 (it was $22,884 in 2000)

Lawai CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $572,094 (it was $219,000 in 2000)
Lawai:

$572,094
HI:

$617,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $756,213; detached houses: $781,602; townhouses or other attached units: $863,109; in 2-unit structures: $292,355; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $588,075; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $196,595; mobile homes: over $1,000,000

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,677.

March 2019 cost of living index in Lawai: 105.1 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 7.2%
(6.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 7.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 92.0% for other race residents, 11.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Lawai, HI (2010)
    • 84835.9%White alone
    • 54923.2%Asian alone
    • 49621.0%Two or more races
    • 30012.7%Hispanic
    • 1566.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 70.3%Black alone
    • 60.3%American Indian alone
    • 10.04%Other race alone

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

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Ancestries: Portuguese (12.1%), European (3.9%), Scotch-Irish (3.3%), German (2.8%), Irish (2.8%), British (2.5%).

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, Hawaii map

146 residents are foreign born (2.5% Asia, 1.7% Europe, 0.7% Latin America).

This place:

6.6%
Hawaii:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,586 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,483 (0.2%)

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

Distribution of median household income in Lawai, HI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Lawai, HI in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.0%
Hawaii:

2.9%
Most common industries in Lawai, HI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (16.8%)
  • Educational services (8.7%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Health care (7.0%)
  • Public administration (6.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (14.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (13.4%)
  • Public administration (7.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (6.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.3%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (21.2%)
  • Educational services (14.7%)
  • Health care (11.5%)
  • Public administration (5.4%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.2%)
Most common occupations in Lawai, HI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.3%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.3%)

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 Lawai 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 Lawai 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 Lawai 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 (7) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Landslides: 2, Mudslides: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, High Surf: 1, Hurricane: 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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Lawai:

Marital status in Lawai, HI
  • Never married: 25.8%
  • Now married: 54.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 6.7%
  • Divorced: 13.4%

For population 25 years and over in Lawai:

  • High school or higher: 96.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.7%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.5
Hawaii average:

11.0

Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Lawai
Presidential Elections Results

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Neighborhood in Lawai (Lawai, Hawaii Neighborhood Map):

Religion statistics for Lawai, HI (based on Kauai County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic10,10810
Other7,64830
Evangelical Protestant5,72544
Mainline Protestant3,03322
None40,577-
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: 22
This county:

3.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Hawaii:

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

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.
Hawaii:

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

13.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.00 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Kauai County:

9.2%
State:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

20.4%
Hawaii:

20.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Kauai County:

7.6%
Hawaii:

9.2%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

53.2%
Hawaii:

54.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

49.1%
State:

50.1%

Average BMI:
Lawai:

27.3
State:

26.9

People feeling badly about themselves:
Lawai:

18.1%
Hawaii:

16.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Lawai:

16.0%
Hawaii:

18.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Lawai:

6.8
Hawaii:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

29.3%
State:

26.1%

General health condition:
Here:

56.5%
State:

57.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Lawai:

80.8%
State:

81.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Lawai, HI Residents

4.83% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($199,914 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.83%
Hawaii average:

5.19%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($645 average AGI)
Kauai County:

0.07%
Hawaii average:

0.26%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Honolulu County, HI  0.88% ($50,428 average AGI)
from Hawaii County, HI  0.20% ($39,102)
from Maui County, HI  0.19% ($51,429)


4.70% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($52,379 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.70%
Hawaii average:

5.62%

0.20% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,856 average AGI)
Kauai County:

0.20%
Hawaii average:

0.26%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Honolulu County, HI  0.84% ($44,279 average AGI)
to Maui County, HI  0.18% ($65,226)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.17% ($38,520)

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 count8
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents11
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons:4
  • Fatalities8
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents23
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents3
  • Hawaii average
  • Fatal accident count717
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents1028
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons318
  • Fatalities782
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents1810
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents183
See more detailed statistics of Lawai fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 23ft / 6.6mTotal length
  • $1,978,000Total costs
  • 24,678Total average daily traffic
  • 585Total average daily truck traffic
  • 25,156Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 28 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Lawai)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3
  • Hazardous Condition: 1
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Lawai, HI
  • 90.0%No fuel used
  • 6.6%Electricity
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%Wood
  • 0.6%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Lawai, HI
  • 92.4%No fuel used
  • 7.6%Electricity


Lawai compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.
There are 5 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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Total of 9 patent applications in 2008-2020.