Hawaii Census Bureau Release: Hawaii State Subcounty Population Facts

The U.S. Census Bureau released its subcounty population estimates on May 25, 2017.  These annual statistics cover all local governmental units, including incorporated places such as cities and towns. Hawaii is the only state that has no incorporated places recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Through an agreement with the Bureau, Urban Honolulu Census Designated Place (CDP) is the only subcounty area in Hawaii estimated by the Bureau on an annual basis. Urban Honolulu CDP encompasses an area bordered by Nimitz Highway, Aliamanu Drive, the Koolau Ridge, Waialae Nui Stream and Waialae Nui Canal.

Population in Urban Honolulu CDP (2016):

From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016, Urban Honolulu CDP had a 4.2% growth in population and an increase from 337,719 to 351,792 people. This growth was about the same as the rest of Honolulu and the City and County of Honolulu, both with increases of 4.1%. It was, however, lower than the state (5.0%). It was also much lower than the growth for Maui County (6.8%), Hawaii County (7.2%) and Kauai County (7.4%).

Urban Honolulu CDP accounted for 35.4% of Oahu’s population in 2016, while 64.6% of Oahu’s population lived on the rest of Oahu. Urban Honolulu’s share of the population remained the same over the past 6 years.

The Urban Honolulu CDP area ranked 55th in population among the 761 incorporated places in the U.S. with a population of 50,000 or more in 2016. This was a slight drop in ranking from April 1, 2010, when it was in the 53rd position.

Ranking was based on population size with the largest being ranked first. 351,792 July 1, 2016 population + 4.2% Change from April 2010 to July 2016 55th Ranking among 761 incorporated places 35.4% Share of Oahu’s population New York City was the largest city in the U.S. with 8.5 million people, followed by Los Angeles with 4.0 million people. Chicago was ranked the third largest city with a population of 2.7 million. Houston and Phoenix were the next two in population size with 2.3 million and 1.6 million people, respectively.

Background information:  CDP stands for census-designated place. A CDP is an area identified by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places such as cities, towns, and villages. CDPs are communities that lack separate municipal government, but which otherwise physically resemble incorporated places. CDPs are delineated to provide data for settled concentrations of population that are identifiable by name but are not legally incorporated under the laws of the state in which they are located. The boundaries of a CDP have no legal status.

In 2010, the former Honolulu CDP was mostly divided into Urban Honolulu CDP and East Honolulu CDP. A small portion of the former Honolulu CDP became part of Hickam Housing CDP.

Subcounty Population Estimates for the State of Hawaii: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016:

Population Change for the State of Hawaii:  April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016

Urban Honolulu CDP as a Share of Honolulu County: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016

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Hawaii Census Bureau Release: Hawaii Housing Facts

The U.S. Census Bureau released its housing unit estimates on May 25, 2017. Below are some statistics on housing units within the State of Hawaii.

Housing Units in Hawaii in 2016

On July 1, 2016, Hawaii had 537,114 housing units. This was an increase of 17,606 or a 3.4% increase from April 1, 2010 and 0.5% increase per year. Hawaii ranked 42nd in number of housing units among all states within the nation and D.C.  Among our four counties, the City and County of Honolulu had the largest share of housing units with about 65%, followed by Hawaii County with 16%, Maui County with about 13% and lastly Kauai County with about 6%.

The housing unit growth between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2016 was higher in Hawaii County than in the other three counties. Housing units in Hawaii County increased by 5.4% while the other three counties had 2.5%-3.1% increases in their housing units for the period.

Comparative population statistics Population in Hawaii in 2016


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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Denounces Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“President Trump’s decision today to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, making us just one of three countries in the world not to participate, is short-sighted and irresponsible. Without global action to drastically curb carbon pollution, climate change threatens the safety and security of the planet, especially in places like Hawaiʻi where we are already experiencing its’ devastating effects. The 2015 hurricane season set a record of 15 tropical storms in Hawaiʻi, acidification of our oceans has killed marine ecosystems and fisheries, bleached coral reefs, while causing damage to local economies. As recently as April of this year, the Honolulu Harbor tide gauge peaked at more than nine inches above predicted tides – the highest daily mean water level ever recorded over 112-years.

“The United States should be leading by example, leveraging innovation through science and technology, investing in clean energy, creating renewable energy jobs that cannot be outsourced, growing the economy, enhancing U.S. energy independence, and lowering energy costs for families and businesses, while reducing carbon emissions.  We must continue to persevere and do our part to support efforts in the private sector and at all levels of government to combat climate change and protect our environment.”

Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is an original co-sponsor of H.Res.540, which supports unprecedented national priorities for combatting climate change, including goals for 50% of electricity derived from renewable sources by 2030, as well as the transition to 50% near-zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean renewable energy by 2050.

Hawaii Mumps Outbreak Explodes – 16 Additional Oahu Cases

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed 16 additional cases of Oahu residents with mumps bringing the total number of cases in 2017 to 81. The recently confirmed cases include children and adults. Most of the cases are linked to previously confirmed illnesses. None of the individuals required hospitalization and all have recovered or are recovering.

The number of cases continues to steadily increase as today’s number represents test results received over the extended holiday weekend. The department expects to see more cases of mumps in Hawaii as the viral disease is highly contagious and circulating on Oahu. Information on case numbers is updated regularly at http://health.hawaii.gov/…/department-of-health-investigat…/.

The DOH is recommending all adults born in or after 1957, without evidence of immunity to mumps, who cannot verify previous MMR vaccination, should receive at least one MMR vaccine dose. Individuals with only one documented MMR dose, are strongly encouraged to consider receiving a second MMR vaccine dose.

MMR vaccine is available at local pharmacies across the state. To locate a vaccinating pharmacy in your community, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/…/vaccines-immun…/vaccine-locators/ or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1.

Mumps is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also spread by sharing items such as cups or eating utensils, or by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Prevent the spread of mumps in our community by:

  • Ensuring your family is fully vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. High vaccination coverage helps to limit the spread of mumps. Two doses of the vaccine are 88 percent effective at protecting against mumps and one dose is 78 percent effective. Being fully vaccinated can help protect loved ones, family members, friends, classmates and coworkers.
  • Patients suspected or diagnosed with mumps should self-isolate and avoid going out and exposing others for nine (9) days after onset of parotitis (tender, swollen jaw).
  • People who have been exposed to mumps and are not vaccinated should not attend school, work or travel from day 12 through day 25 after exposure.

Additional information about mumps and the ongoing investigation can be found on the DOH website at http://health.hawaii.gov/…/department-of-health-investigat…/.

Accused Iolani Palace Vandal Indicted

Attorney General Doug Chin announced that an Oahu grand jury indicted Michael Aquino today on felony criminal property damage counts related to alleged vandalism that occurred on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Iolani Palace and the State Capitol.

Michael Acquino

Attorney General Chin said of the indictment: “The cultural and historical significance of Iolani Palace to the people of Hawaii cannot be overstated. The State Capitol is a vital public building. Aquino will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.”

On Sunday, Aquino allegedly used a three-foot long metal pipe to break three palace door windowpanes, some of which were more than a century old. Aquino was also indicted for breaking the glass in the door to the House of Representatives chambers of the State Capitol building.

Aquino is a 57-year old man with five previous felony convictions. He was indicted for one count of first degree criminal property damage, a class B felony punishable by up to ten years in prison; and one count of second degree criminal property damage, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He is also eligible for enhanced sentencing as a repeat, persistent, and multiple offender. Bail is set at $100,000.00. He remains in custody.

Aquino is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Traffic Signal Work in Kea’au Tomorrow (Weather Permitting)

The Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be replacing the traffic signal controller cabinet at the Highway 11 intersection with the Kea‘au-Pāhoa Rd. and the Shipman Park entrance on Friday, June 2, 2017 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

The traffic signals at the intersection will be shut down during this 4-hour work period and special off-duty police officers will be in the area to facilitate traffic movement.  Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Hawaii Representative Lee on Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

“The President’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement harms our island state most of all. Local progress replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy has already saved Hawaii a third of a billion dollars and reduced carbon emissions,” said Representative Chris Lee (D-51, Kailua, Waimanalo), chair of the House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee. “However, undermining action addressing climate change elsewhere means accelerating global warming and sea level rise that will more quickly erode our beaches, endanger coastal communities, diminish our fresh water supply, and expose our families to stronger and more frequent hurricanes at great cost to our people and way of life in the islands.

“We are currently working together with elected leaders in nearly a dozen other states such as California, Oregon, Washington, New York, and Minnesota to implement climate action plans that replace fossil fuels with renewable energy despite the President’s shortsighted decision.”

At the close of the 2017 legislative session Hawaii also passed House Concurrent Resolution 113 calling on all states and the federal government to take action and replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, as well as House Bill 1578, which establishes a process for local farmers to receive carbon credit dollars for agricultural practices that sequester carbon dioxide, and Senate Bill 599, which doubles down on Hawaii’s commitment to coordinate state and county efforts to address climate change.

Hawaii Senator English Statement on Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Paris Agreement

With President Trump’s decision today to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the State is prepared to address climate change as it pertains to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature this session passed SB559 SD1 HD2 CD1 which recognizes that climate change poses immediate and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life, and addresses the impact of climate change, one of the priority issues of the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader, Sen. J. Kalani English (Dist. 7 – Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe) introduced SB559 which funds the creation of the Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission and provides the State with a guide to planning and statewide implementation using the latest scientific analysis and risk assessment to monitor and forecast climate change impacts at the regional, state and local level.

“The effects of climate change are real, as seen primarily with sea level rise in the Pacific,” said Sen. English.  “The measure adopted relevant sections of the Paris Agreement as state law, which gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawai‘i, despite the Federal government’s withdrawal from the treaty.”

“The bill was crafted in collaboration with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy (TBA21 Academy), which hosted a think tank in the Marquesas Islands, focused on climate change and cultural resiliency,” explained Sen. English. “With our way of life here and across the Pacific being left vulnerable to sea level rise and climate change, we simply cannot leave our future in the hands of those who may be misinformed and misguided.”

TBA21 is a globally recognized art institution based in Vienna, Austria. TBA21 announced their commitment to focus on the impact of climate change on the oceans at COP21 in Paris and met with scientists, policy makers, and local leaders at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu in September 2016.