Kalaupapa is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 89 people and just one neighborhood, Kalaupapa is the 55th largest community in Hawaii.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kalaupapa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kalaupapa is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kalaupapa who work in community and social services (20.75%), sales jobs (15.09%) and management occupations (13.21%).
Kalaupapa is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Kalaupapa, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Setting & Lifestyle
Kalaupapa’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Kalaupapa has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Kalaupapa has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Kalaupapa than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Kalaupapa may be for you.
Kalaupapa 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One of the benefits of Kalaupapa is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.97 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
As is often the case in a small town, Kalaupapa doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.