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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kihei is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 sales jobs (13.60%), food service (13.37%), and office and administrative support (11.01%).
One of the nice things about Kihei 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Kihei is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Kihei, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The percentage of people in Kihei who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.87% of adults in Kihei have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kihei in 2010 was $31,826, which is upper middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,304 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 16.45% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kihei include Irish, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kihei's cultural character, accounting for 18.98% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Kihei is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.