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 food service (14.69%), sales jobs (12.42%), and office and administrative support (12.18%).
A relatively large number of people in Kihei telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.83% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The overall education level of Kihei is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.28% of adults 25 and older in the town 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kihei's cultural character, accounting for 18.75% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Kihei is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.