Waianae, HI

Waianae profile

Living in Waianae

Waianae is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 13,721 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Waianae is the 16th largest community in Hawaii.

Housing costs in Waianae 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.

Waianae is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Waianae is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waianae who work in office and administrative support (13.90%), sales jobs (10.64%), and maintenance occupations (7.46%).

Waianae 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.

In Waianae, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 42.15 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite being a small town, Waianae has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

In Waianae, just 11.65% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Waianae in 2018 was $20,208, which is low income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,832 for a family of four. However, Waianae contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waianae is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waianae home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waianae residents report their race to be Native Hawaiian, followed by Asian. Waianae also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.22% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waianae include Portuguese, German, Irish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Waianae is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Italian.