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 (13.18%), office and administrative support (12.84%), and sales jobs (12.52%).
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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Kahului use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Kahului‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Kahului citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.54% of adults 25 and older in Kahului have a college degree.
The per capita income in Kahului in 2010 was $22,079, 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 $88,316 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. Important ancestries of people in Kahului include German, Irish, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kahului's cultural character, accounting for 31.31% 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.