Lihue, Hawaii

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Lihue, Hawaii

Introduction to Lihue, Hawaii

Lihue, Hawaii, in Kauai county, is 107 miles NW of Honolulu, Hawaii. The town has a population of approximately 5,674.

Lihue History

In the initial years, Lihue was a small village. Lihue means cold chill, and it hints at the cold wind which blows across the land. Formerly the area was known as Ka - la - i - a - mea, which meant a calm reddish brown place. The boom of the sugar industry had a large sugar mill built in Lihue, which made it the central city of the island.

Lihue and nearby Attractions

  • Lihue Shopping Center
  • Kalapaki Beach
  • Isenberg Park
  • Anchor Cove Shopping Center
  • Kauai Museum

Things To Do In Lihue

There are many parks in Lihue including the Isenberg Park, Lihue Park, and Niumalu Beach Park. Tourists can have fun shopping at the Lihue Shopping Center, Anchor Cove Shopping Center, and Kuhio Mall Shopping Center. Beaches like Lihue like the Ninini Beach and Kalapaki Beach are also worth taking a look around. Kauai Museum is another place that attracts many visitors. In addition, the town organizes several events and recreational programs throughout the year.

Lihue Transportation

Lihue Airport provide facilities for air transportation.

Lihue Higher Education

Kauai Community College is located in Lihue. Residents can also attend higher education from Brigham Young University - Hawaii campus, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, and Leeward Community College.

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High Points

Lihue strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Hawaii):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Lihue Short Commute Times
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 11% Lihue Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Lihue Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 15% Lihue Well-Paid Single Women
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Lihue Affordability of Property Taxes
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 17% Lihue Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Lihue, Hawaii

Comparing Lihue to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Hawaii (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Female Share of the Population 6 10
Male Share of the Population 5 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 1
Portion of People Married 5 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
Median Family Income 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
College Educated Adults 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 8 5
Public Transportation Use 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 5
Housing Recently Built 9 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
People Living Alone 7 10
Affordability of Rents 3 5

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Lihue Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 107 miles NW of Honolulu, Hawaii
County Kauai
Standard Zip Codes 96766
Phone Area Codes 808
Time Zone Hawaii (-10 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 21.981
Longitude -159.371

Lihue Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LIHUE AP 1020.1
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 65 to 78 F
Apr Temp 69 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 84 F
Oct Temp 73 to 84 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Station WAIMEA 947
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 64 to 80 F
Apr Temp 65 to 83 F
Jul Temp 70 to 87 F
Oct Temp 69 to 86 F
Annual Precip 21.2 inches
Distance 88.2 miles
Jan Temp 61 to 79 F
Apr Temp 64 to 82 F
Jul Temp 68 to 86 F
Oct Temp 67 to 86 F
Annual Precip 54.6 inches
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Lihue Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,674 100%
Male 2,722 48%
Female 2,952 52%
Under 18 1,296 22.8%
18+ 4,378 77.2%
65+ 1,271 22.4%
Median Age 44
Average Family Size 3.16
White 1,291 22.8%
African-American 12 0.2%
Asian 2,794 49.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.2%
Other 38 0.7%
Mixed Race 1,161 20.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 370 6.5%

Lihue Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 78%
Portuguese 4.5%
German 3.9%
English 3.2%
Irish 2.7%
Italian 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Scottish 0.5%
US/American 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lihue 5,674 $56,875
Anahola 1,932 $41,302
Hanamaulu 3,272 $51,042
Kalaheo 3,913 $63,650
Kapaa 9,472 $45,878
Koloa 1,942 $43,393
Lawai 1,984 $60,750

Lihue Hospitals

(Government - Federal)
(808) 245-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Lihue

(As of 2005)
Kukui Grove
Kukui Grove Shoppping Center

Wal-mart in Lihue

(As of 2006)
3-3300 Kuhio Hwy
(808) 246-1599
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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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