Kihei 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 21,985 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Kihei is the tenth largest community in Hawaii.
Housing costs in Kihei 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.
Kihei is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kihei is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kihei who work in food service (14.69%), sales jobs (12.42%), and office and administrative support (12.18%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.83% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Kihei 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.
The percentage of people in Kihei who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.28% of adults in Kihei have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kihei in 2010 was $31,199, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $124,796 for a family of four. However, Kihei contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Kihei is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kihei home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kihei residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Kihei also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.97% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kihei include Irish, English, Portuguese, and Italian.
In addition, Kihei has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.75%).
The most common language spoken in Kihei is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.