Puako, Hawaii

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Population in 2010: 772.
Population change since 2000: +80.0%
Males: 382  (49.5%)
Females: 390  (50.5%)
Median resident age:

59.0 years
Hawaii median age:

39.2 years

Zip codes: 96738, 96743.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $87,102 (it was $60,250 in 2000)
Puako:

$87,102
HI:

$77,765

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $94,411 (it was $63,857 in 2000)

Puako CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $981,371 (it was $442,300 in 2000)
Puako:

$981,371
HI:

$617,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: over $1,000,000; detached houses: over $1,000,000; townhouses or other attached units: $356,806; in 2-unit structures: $746,156; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $528,647; in 5-or-more-unit structures: over $1,000,000

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,851.

March 2019 cost of living index in Puako: 122.7 (high, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 8.6%
(8.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.8% for other race residents, 12.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Puako, HI (2017)
    • 55767.8%White alone
    • 13616.5%Two or more races
    • 10212.4%Asian alone
    • 131.6%Hispanic
    • 40.5%Other race alone
    • 10.1%Black alone
    • 10.1%American Indian alone

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

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Ancestries: German (12.6%), English (10.4%), Polish (5.5%), American (5.3%), Irish (4.4%), European (4.0%).

Current Local Time: HST (no DST) time zone

Elevation: 5 feet

Land area: 10.3 square miles.

Population density: 75 people per square mile   (very low).

Puako, Hawaii map

77 residents are foreign born (4.9% Asia, 2.6% Europe, 1.8% North America).

This place:

9.4%
Hawaii:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $3,425 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $7,031 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Honolulu, HI (158.7 miles , pop. 371,657).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2491.2 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Waikoloa Village, HI (2.2 miles ),
South Kohala, HI (3.1 miles ),
Waimea, HI (3.9 miles ),
Kalaoa, HI (4.1 miles ),
North Kohala, HI (4.4 miles ),
North Kona, HI (4.5 miles ),
Kailua, HI (4.6 miles ),
Kapaau, HI (4.6 miles )

Latitude: 19.93 N, Longitude: 155.86 W

Distribution of median household income in Puako, HI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Puako, HI in 2017

Puako tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.7%
Hawaii:

2.9%
Most common industries in Puako, HI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (33.3%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (7.8%)
  • Construction (7.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.3%)
  • Educational services (4.5%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (32.2%)
  • Construction (12.6%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (9.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.3%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.9%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (4.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (2.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (35.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (9.0%)
  • Educational services (9.0%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (7.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.0%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.0%)
Most common occupations in Puako, HI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.6%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Other financial specialists (3.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.7%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (7.7%)
  • Top executives (4.9%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (15.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (9.0%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (9.0%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7.0%)
  • Registered nurses (7.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.0%)

Average climate in Puako, Hawaii

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 60.1. This is better than average.

City:

60.1
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 1.06. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.06
U.S.:

1.79
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.06. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.06
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Puako-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Hawaii state average. It is 60% 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 63.5 miles away from Puako 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 15.4 miles away from Puako center
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 9.5 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 46.7 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 49.2 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 58.8 miles away from Puako center, destroying 5 buildings
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 (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Earthquakes: 3, Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Lava Flows: 2, Volcanic Eruptions: 2, High Surf: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Tsunami Wave: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Puako topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Puako:

  • NORTH HAWAII DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 15 miles away; KAMUELA, HI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Puako:

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (about 54 miles; Hilo, HI; Full-time enrollment: 3,161)
  • Hawaii Community College (about 54 miles; Hilo, HI; FT enrollment: 2,137)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (about 78 miles; Kahului, HI; FT enrollment: 2,492)
  • Kapiolani Community College (about 156 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,069)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (about 157 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 2,610)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (about 158 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 16,461)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (about 161 miles; Honolulu, HI; FT enrollment: 5,506)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Thank you all for adding the photo of the ship model Puako to your web site. I built that model for the grandson of the last Commander of the Sugar Ship PUAKO c.1902. In addition to finding shipyard blueprints and log books with crew lists of the Puako, during the building of the model, the actual ships bell for the Puako surfaced! Additionally, the Honolulu Star Bulletin recently published a story about the Sugar Ships and the Puako in particular. You may wish to add links to the online photo album I've created showing the full history of the Puako and the model built of her - including the newly found ships bell http://members15.clubphoto.com/geneva563351/4277649/guest.phtml Also here is the link to the Honolulu Star Bulletin story on the Puako http://starbulletin.com/2007/01/29/features/story02.html

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Puako: Papakonani Boat Landing (A), Puu Anahulu Homesteads (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Puako: Hokuloa Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Waipuhi Fishpond (A), Kahapapa Fishpond (B), Hopeaia Fishpond (C), Keanapou Fishpond (D), Kuualii Fishpond (E), Manoku Fishpond (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Waialea Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Hawaii 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:

2.0 people
Hawaii:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

56.7%
Whole state:

68.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

9.7%
Whole state:

7.3%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.5% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Puako:

Marital status in Puako, HI
  • Never married: 15.7%
  • Now married: 65.3%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 3.5%
  • Divorced: 14.9%

For population 25 years and over in Puako:

  • High school or higher: 98.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 49.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 18.4%
  • Unemployed: 2.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.0
Hawaii average:

11.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Puako
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Puako, HI (based on Hawaii County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
This 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.
Hawaii:

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

9.00 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Hawaii 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%
Hawaii:

9.2%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

60.2%
Hawaii:

54.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Puako:

59.5%
State:

50.1%

Average BMI:
Puako:

27.1
Hawaii:

26.9

People feeling badly about themselves:
Puako:

17.1%
State:

16.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.3%
Hawaii:

18.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Puako:

7.0
Hawaii:

6.8

Overweight people:
Puako:

32.5%
Hawaii:

26.1%

General health condition:
Puako:

63.6%
State:

57.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Puako:

84.0%
State:

81.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Puako, HI Residents

5.47% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($62,641 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.47%
Hawaii average:

5.19%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($421 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.04%
Hawaii average:

0.26%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Honolulu County, HI  1.04% ($46,987 average AGI)
from Maui County, HI  0.22% ($50,463)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.17% ($101,395)


4.69% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($43,329 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.69%
Hawaii average:

5.62%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($393 average AGI)
Hawaii County:

0.06%
Hawaii average:

0.26%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Honolulu County, HI  0.80% ($43,065 average AGI)
to Maui County, HI  0.23% ($42,669)
to Clark County, NV  0.20% ($30,847)

Strongest AM radio stations in Puako:

  • KKON (790 AM; 5 kW; KEALAKEKUA, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO ( HAWAII LIMITED PA)
  • KUAU (1570 AM; 50 kW; HAIKU, HI; Owner: FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-KAHULUI, MAUI)
  • KIPA (620 AM; 10 kW; NAALEHU, HI; Owner: BIG ISLAND RADIO)
  • KPUA (670 AM; 10 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: NEW WEST BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KAIM (870 AM; 50 kW; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF HAWAII, INC.)
  • KHLO (850 AM; 5 kW; HILO, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • KAOI (1110 AM; 5 kW; KIHEI, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT, 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.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Puako:

  • 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)
  • KLEO (106.1 FM; KAHALUU, HI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF HAWAII LICENSE, LLC)
  • KWYI (106.9 FM; KAWAIHAE, HI; Owner: COLIN H. NAITO)
  • KKUA (90.7 FM; WAILUKU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KNUQ (103.7 FM; PAAUILO, HI; Owner: VISIONARY RELATED ENTERTAINMENT II,)
  • K220HA (91.9 FM; KIHEI, HI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K210CM (89.9 FM; KIHEI, HI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KJMD (98.3 FM; PUKALANI, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP,INC.)
  • KLHI-FM (101.1 FM; LAHAINA, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KNUI-FM (99.9 FM; KAHULUI, HI; Owner: PACIFIC RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KONI (104.7 FM; LANAI CITY, HI; Owner: HOCHMAN HAWAII PUBLISHING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Puako:

  • KLEI (Channel 6; KAILUA KONA, HI; Owner: AINA'E CO., LTD)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 14Number of bridges
  • 72ft / 22.0mTotal length
  • $15,985,000Total costs
  • 77,740Total average daily traffic
  • 4,685Total average daily truck traffic
  • 56,155Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Puako, HI - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41910-1919
  • 11930-1939
  • 21950-1959
  • 61960-1969
  • 11970-1979
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Puako, HI

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • KWH, Hwy 19 (Lat: 20.004972 Lon: -155.813167), Type: Building, Structure height: 6.1 m, Call Sign: WQIB344,
    Assigned Frequencies: 19460.0 MHz, Grant Date: 12/18/2007, Expiration Date: 12/18/2017, Cancellation Date: 08/04/2017, Certifier: Jim Cook, Registrant: Wavecom Solutions Corporation, 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 800, Honolulu, HI 96813, Phone: (808) 791-3064, Fax: (808) 791-3119, Email:
  • HI73XC020, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive Dr (Lat: 19.915889 Lon: -155.884917), Type: Building, Structure height: 25.3 m, Call Sign: WQVW707,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10935.0 MHz, 10935.0 MHz, 10935.0 MHz, 10935.0 MHz, 10935.0 MHz, 10935.0 MHz, 10935.0 MHz, Grant Date: 06/01/2015, Expiration Date: 06/01/2025, Certifier: Kyle B Entz, Registrant: Sprint Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S: Varesa-0209, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (800) 572-8256, Fax: (703) 433-4483, Email:
  • ANAEHOOMALU, 5.0 Mi W Of (Lat: 19.910278 Lon: -155.883056), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 9.4 m, Call Sign: WFY699,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10815.0 MHz, Grant Date: 03/22/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Certifier: John Komeiji, Registrant: Hawaiian Telcom, Inc., 1177 Bishop St, Suite 10, Honolulu, HI 96813, Phone: (808) 546-7805, Fax: (808) 546-3122, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Puako, HI
  • 58.0%No fuel used
  • 38.0%Electricity
  • 1.6%Utility gas
  • 1.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Puako, HI
  • 74.8%No fuel used
  • 21.8%Electricity
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Puako compared to Hawaii state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Puako on our top lists:

  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Belarus (population 500+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Germany (population 500+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Western Europe (population 500+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 100 cities with strongest arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industries"
  • #75 (96743) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Portuguese first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
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