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Honolulu, Hawaii


Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station

Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai'i. In the Hawaiian language, honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter." The city is located on the island of O'ahu. As of the 2000 Census, the population of Honolulu proper was 371,657. However, in Hawaii, municipal government is at the county level and the City & County of Honolulu encompasses all of the Island of O'ahu, with a 2000 Census population of 876,156 (compare with 1,211,537 for the entire state).

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Tourist Attractions
4 Colleges & Universities
5 Airports


Honolulu is located at 21°18'32" North, 157°49'34" West (21.308950, -157.826182)1. While this is clearly in the tropics, the climate (temperature and humidity) are moderated by the mid-ocean location and some cooling achieved by the California Current that passes through the islands much of year.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 272.1 km² (105.1 mi²). 222.0 km² (85.7 mi²) of it is land and 50.1 km² (19.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 18.42% water.

A view of downtown Honolulu at Bishop and King streets
with First Hawaiian Bank building (left) and
Bank of Hawaii (right).().


As of the census of 2000, there are 371,657 people, 140,337 households, and 87,429 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,674.4/km² (4,336.6/mi²). There are 158,663 housing units at an average density of 714.8/km² (1,851.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 19.67% White, 1.62% African American, 0.19% Native American, 55.85% Asian, 6.85% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 14.93% from two or more races. 4.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 140,337 households out of which 23.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% are married couples living together, 12.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% are non-families. 29.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.23.

In the town the population is spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $45,112, and the median income for a family is $56,311. Males have a median income of $36,631 versus $29,930 for females. The per capita income for the town is $24,191. 11.8% of the population and 7.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.6% are under the age of 18 and 8.5% are 65 or older.

Tourist Attractions

Colleges & Universities