Kahului, HI
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Kahului is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 27,729 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Kahului is the ninth largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Kahului are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Hawaii.

Kahului is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kahului is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kahului who work in maintenance occupations (13.30%), office and administrative support (13.12%), and sales jobs (12.52%).

Kahului is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Kahului is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Kahului area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of adults in Kahului who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.16% of the adults in Kahului have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kahului in 2010 was $22,016, which is lower middle income relative to Hawaii, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,064 for a family of four. However, Kahului contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kahului is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kahului home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kahului residents report their race to be Asian, followed by Native Hawaiian. Kahului also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.01% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kahului include German, Irish, Italian, and European.

In addition, Kahului has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.77%).

The most common language spoken in Kahului is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.