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 office and administrative support (13.66%), maintenance occupations (13.50%), and sales jobs (12.39%).
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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Kahului is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Kahului, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The citizens of Kahului are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.80% of adults in Kahului have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Kahului in 2010 was $23,830, 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 $95,320 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 10.96% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kahului include Portuguese, German, Irish, English, and Italian.
In addition, Kahului has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.22%).
The most common language spoken in Kahului is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.