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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kahului is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.10%), office and administrative support (13.30%), and sales jobs (11.65%).
One of the nice things about Kahului is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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 citizens of Kahului are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.29% of adults in Kahului have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Kahului in 2010 was $22,706, 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 $90,824 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 11.00% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kahului include German, Irish, Italian, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kahului's cultural character, accounting for 32.56% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Kahului is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.