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Overview

Introduction to Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, located on the southern coast of Oahu in Hawaii, is the state's largest, best-known and capital city. The Hawaiian islands were discovered by British captain James Cook in 1778 and annexed as a US territory by President McKinley in 1898. The capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii since 1845, Honolulu became the commercial hub of the Pacific and a strategic military center thanks to its geography (Honolulu in Hawaiian means "sheltered bay"). In the early 1900s, the US Navy established a Pacific headquarters at Honolulu's Pearl Harbor; Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 brought the US into World War II. The US Army soon built Schofield Barracks in the mountains of Central Oahu. After the war, these bases expanded, making the military an important part of the city's economy.

When Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, tourism boomed. For years, visiting Hawaii meant visiting Honolulu; today, Honolulu remains the #1 tourist destination in Hawaii and one of the top vacation spots in the world. Nowhere but in Honolulu can you find a tropical paradise with a thriving metropolis (around 380,000 residents and almost as many visiting tourists at any one time) and the comfort of being in America.

Honolulu Culture

Honolulu is the cultural center of the state, with many landmarks and museums celebrating the islands' rich history. Downtown, the Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue honor the royalty of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The Bishop Museum just north of downtown presents Hawaiian history with canoes, costumes, documents and live performances. Outside the city, the Polynesian Cultural Center near Brigham Young University presents an outdoor representation of villages from Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and other Pacific cultures, with native dancers and interactive demonstrations. Hula can be found everywhere; two festivals are held in June and July.

Honolulu Sports and Leisure

Spectator sports in Honolulu include basketball and football programs of the University of Hawaii warriors, college football's Aloha Bowl in December and the NFL's Pro Bowl in February. In October, Honolulu is the finish line of the championship outrigger canoe race that starts at the island of Molokai. In December, the Honolulu Marathon winds through Waikiki. For the couch potato during football season, the 6-hour time difference from the Atlantic allows nonstop channel surfing from 7AM to sundown.

Honolulu Outdoors

For real surfing, Honolulu has the easy-to-ride waves at Waikiki and easy access to more challenging waters around Oahu. Less than an hour away on Oahu's North Shore, the 30-foot waves at Haleiwa Beach and the challenging formations of the Banzai Pipeline attract surfers from all over the world. In December, when the waves are especially high, professional surfing's Triple Crown of Surfing contest on the North Shore is the sport's showcase event. Oahu has everything, from swimming to sailing to snorkeling to skiing. Hanauma Bay (east of Honolulu, the best snorkeling on the island) and Fort DeRussy Beach (the west end of Waikiki, great boating and windsurfing) are all easily accessible. Inland, Oahu's awesome mountains, falls and rainforests offer hiking with fantastic scenery. Diamond Head, Honolulu's most recognizable natural landmark, allows hiking to the peak where a former army lookout affords great views of the city.

Honolulu at Night

Honolulu's nightlife is electric. Pineapple drinks, wine bars and brewpubs to suit all tastes can all be found in abundance, from the touristy Waikiki area to the local hangouts downtown, in Chinatown, near Schofield Barracks and on the North Shore. Hawaiian music and hula (both authentic and for-the-masses versions) add to the Aloha spirit. The city's diverse population, with large numbers of students, transplants from the mainland, Asians from several countries, and transient vacationers and businessmen, make Honolulu a fun place with many different things to do. With sunshine throughout the year, unmatched natural splendor, big city attractions and a party spirit, it's no wonder Honolulu is one of the world's most desirable places to live.

Demographics

People

Total Population349,597
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+176,833
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married45.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36%
Median Earnings25+$38,536
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,173
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,370

Wealth

Median Family Income$77,567
% Above Poverty Level87.9%
% Below Poverty Level12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.3%
% Using Public Transportation12.6%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,357
Median House Value$601,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)78.7%
German4.2%
Irish3.4%
English2.9%
Italian1.8%
Portuguese1.5%
French Except Basque1.1%
Scottish0.8%
Polish0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Dutch0.4%
Russian0.4%
Canadian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Arab0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
African0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Honolulu Almanac

CategoryValue
County Honolulu County
Standard Zip Codes96813, 96814, 96815, 96816, 96817, 96818, 96819, 96821, 96822, 96825, 96826, 96850
P.O. Box Zip Codes96801, 96802, 96803, 96804, 96805, 96806, 96807, 96808, 96809, 96810, 96811, 96812, 96820, 96823, 96824, 96828, 96830, 96836, 96837, 96838, 96839
Company Zip Codes96840, 96841, 96843, 96844, 96846, 96847, 96848, 96849
Phone Area Codes808
Time ZonePacific/Honolulu
Approximate Latitude21.3
Approximate Longitude-157.85

Honolulu Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMANOA LYON ARBORETUM
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp63 to 77 F
Apr Temp65 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 80 F
Oct Temp69 to 81 F
Annual Precip152.1 inches
StationHONOLULU INTL AP 703
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp66 to 80 F
Apr Temp68 to 83 F
Jul Temp74 to 88 F
Oct Temp73 to 87 F
Annual Precip18.2 inches
StationHONOLULU OBSERV 702.2
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp63 to 80 F
Apr Temp66 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 88 F
Oct Temp69 to 87 F
Annual Precip18.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Aiea9,594$120,551
Ewa Beach15,165$86,538
Kailua38,514$116,510
Kaneohe35,065$100,472
Waimanalo6,296$76,189

Honolulu Public Libraries

Hawaii State Public Library System
44 MERCHANT STREET
Honolulu, Hawaii
(808) 586-3704

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Honolulu Hospitals

Shriners Hospital For Children
(Non-profit)
1310 Punahou St
(808) 941-4466
Spark M. Matsunaga Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
459 Patterson Rd
Kaiser Foundation Hospital
(Non-profit)
3288 Moanalua Rd
(808) 432-0000
Leahi Hospital
(Government - State)
3675 Kilauea Avenue
(808) 733-8000
Kapiolani Medical Center For Women And Children
(Non-profit)
1319 Punahou St
(808) 983-6000
Hawaii Medical Center East
(Non-profit)
2230 Liliha St
(808) 547-6011
Kuakini Medical Center
(Non-profit)
347 No Kuakini St
(808) 536-2236
Queens Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1301 Punchbowl Street
(808) 538-9011
Rehabilitation Hospital Of The Pacific
(Non-profit)
226 No Kuakini St
(808) 531-3511
Straub Clinic And Hospital
(Non-profit)
888 So King St
(808) 522-4000
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Honolulu Public Schools

Puuhale Elementary School
345 Puuhale Rd
(808) 832-3190
Primary
Total Enrollment 239
Nuuanu Elementary School
3055 Puiwa Ln
(808) 595-5422
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Maemae Elementary School
319 Wyllie St
(808) 595-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Linapuni Elementary School
1434 Linapuni St
(808) 832-3303
Primary
Total Enrollment 222
Lanakila Elementary School
717 North Kuakini St
(808) 587-4466
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Kauluwela Elementary School
1486 Aala St
(808) 587-4447
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Kalihi Waena Elementary School
1240 Gulick Ave
(808) 832-3210
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Kaewai Elementary School
1929 Kamehameha Iv Rd
(808) 832-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Moanalua High School
2825 Ala Ilima St
(808) 837-8455
High
Total Enrollment 2010
Moanalua Elementary School
1337 Mahiole St
(808) 831-7878
Primary
Total Enrollment 689
Kalani High School
4680 Kalanianaole Hwy
(808) 377-7744
High
Total Enrollment 1182
Waikiki Elementary School
3710 Leahi Ave
(808) 971-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Royal Elementary School
1519 Queen Emma St
(808) 587-4510
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Pauoa Elementary School
2301 Pauoa Rd
(808) 587-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Palolo Elementary School
2106 10th Ave
(808) 733-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
Noelani Elementary School
2655 Woodlawn Dr
(808) 988-1858
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Niu Valley Middle School
310 Halemaumau St
(808) 377-2440
Middle
Total Enrollment 833
Manoa Elementary School
3155 Manoa Rd
(808) 988-1868
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
Koko Head Elementary School
189 Lunalilo Home Rd
(808) 397-5811
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Kamiloiki Elementary School
7788 Hawaii Kai Dr
(808) 397-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Kaimuki Middle School
631 18th Ave
(808) 733-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 993
Hokulani Elementary School
2940 Kamakini St
(808) 733-4789
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Kahala Elementary School
4559 Kilauea Ave
(808) 733-8455
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Hahaione Elementary School
595 Pepeekeo St
(808) 397-5822
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Central Middle School
1302 Queen Emma St
(808) 587-4400
Middle
Total Enrollment 371
Aliiolani Elementary School
1240 7th Ave
(808) 733-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 250
Ala Wai Elementary School
503 Kamoku St
(808) 973-0070
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Aina Haina Elementary School
801 West Hind Dr
(808) 377-2419
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Major General William R Shafter Elementary School
2 Fort Shafter
(808) 832-3560
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Admiral Arthur W Radford High School
4361 Salt Lake Blvd
(808) 421-4200
High
Total Enrollment 1309
Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School
1 C Ave
(808) 421-4245
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Anuenue School
2528 10th Ave
(808) 733-8465
Other
Total Enrollment 387
Halau Ku Mana - A New Century Pcs
2101 Makiki Heights Dr
(808) 945-1600
Other
Total Enrollment 80
Voyager - A Public Charter School
670 Auahi St
(808) 521-9770
Primary
Total Enrollment 235
Halau Lokahi - A New Century Public Charter School
401 Waiakamilo Rd
(808) 832-3594
Other
Total Enrollment 238
Education Laboratory - A Hawaii New Century Pcs
1776 University Ave
(808) 956-7833
Other
Total Enrollment 448
Pearl Harbor Elementary School
1 Moanalua Ridge
(808) 421-4130
Primary
Total Enrollment 748
Kalihi Kai Elementary School
626 Mcneill St
(808) 832-3322
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
King David Kalakaua Middle School
821 Kalihi St
(808) 832-3130
Middle
Total Enrollment 1005
Lt Col Horrace Meek Hickam Elementary School
Manzelman Circle
(808) 421-4148
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Aliamanu Middle School
3271 Salt Lake Blvd
(808) 421-4100
Middle
Total Enrollment 723
Aliamanu Elementary School
3265 Salt Lake Blvd
(808) 421-4280
Primary
Total Enrollment 835
President Theodore Roosevelt High School
1120 Nehoa St
(808) 587-4600
High
Total Enrollment 1426
King Liholiho Elementary School
3430 Maunaloa Ave
(808) 733-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Myron B. Thompson Academy - A New Century Pcs
629 Pokukaina St
(808) 441-8000
Other
Total Enrollment 455
Hawaii School For The Deaf And Blind
3440 Leahi Ave
(808) 733-4999
Other
Total Enrollment 74
Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School
2759 South King St
(808) 973-0085
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Kaimuki High School
2705 Kaimuki Ave
(808) 733-4900
High
Total Enrollment 984
William P Jarrett Middle School
1903 Palolo Ave
(808) 733-4888
Middle
Total Enrollment 244
Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School
1564 North King St
(808) 832-3600
High
Total Enrollment 2483
Governor Sanford B Dole Middle School
1803 Kam Iv Rd
(808) 832-3340
Middle
Total Enrollment 787
Jefferson School Orthopedic Unit
324 Kapahulu Ave
(808) 971-6931
Makalapa Elementary School
4435 Salt Lake Blvd
(808) 421-4110
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Salt Lake Elementary School
1131 Ala Lilikoi St
(808) 831-7870
Primary
Total Enrollment 858
Red Hill Elementary School
1265 Ala Kula Place
(808) 831-7866
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Mokulele Elementary School
250 Aupaka St
(808) 421-4180
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Moanalua Middle School
1289 Mahiole St
(808) 831-7850
Middle
Total Enrollment 819
Kalihi Elementary School
2471 Kula Kolea Dr
(808) 832-3177
Primary
Total Enrollment 256
Pohukaina School
637 18th Ave
(808) 733-4400
Admiral Chester W Nimitz Elementary School
520 Main St
(808) 421-4165
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
Princess Victoria Kaiulani Elementary School
783 North King St
(808) 832-3160
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Mayor John H Wilson Elementary School
4945 Kilauea Ave
(808) 733-4740
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
President George Washington Middle School
1633 South King St
(808) 973-0177
Middle
Total Enrollment 840
Waialae Elementary - Pcs
1045 19th Ave
(808) 733-4880
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School
1202 Prospect St
(808) 587-4520
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
President William Mckinley High School
1039 South King St
(808) 594-0400
High
Total Enrollment 1790
King William Lunalilo Elementary School
810 Pumehana St
(808) 973-0270
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
President Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
615 Auwaiolimu St
(808) 587-4480
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Queen Lydia Liliuokalani Elementary School
3633 Waialae Ave
(808) 733-4680
Princess Miriam K Likelike Elementary School
1618 Palama St
(808) 832-3370
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School
49 Funchal St
(808) 587-4430
Middle
Total Enrollment 866
Kapalama Elementary School
1601 North School St
(808) 832-3290
Primary
Total Enrollment 693
Kalihi Uka Elementary School
2411 Kalihi St
(808) 832-3310
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
324 Kapahulu Ave
(808) 971-6922
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School
1141 Kinau St
(808) 587-4414
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Mayor Joseph J Fern Elementary School
1121 Middle St
(808) 832-3040
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Henry J Kaiser High School
511 Lunalilo Home Rd
(808) 394-1200
High
Total Enrollment 1175

Honolulu Private Schools

St Anthony School
640 Puuhale Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
St Louis School
3142 Waialae Ave
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 614
Star Of The Sea School
4469 Malia St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 229
Holy Family Catholic Academy
830 Main St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 540
Cathedral Catholic Academy
1728 Nuuanu Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
Variety School Of Hawaii
710 Palekaua St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Navy Hale Keiki School
153 Bougainville Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
Montessori Community School
1239 Nehoa St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 90
Academy Of The Pacific
913 Alewa Dr
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 85
Hawaiian Mission Academy K-8
1415 Makiki St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Mid-pacific Institute
2445 Kaala St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1517
Kaimuki Christian School
1117 Koko Head Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 266
Assets School
1 Ohana Nui Way
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 350
Kawaiaha'o Church School
872 Mission Ln
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Christian Academy
3400 Moanalua Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 244
Hawaii Baptist Academy
2429 Pali Hwy
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1121
Our Redeemer Lutheran School
2428 Wilder Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
Pacific Buddhist Academy
1728 Pali Hwy
Secondary
Total Enrollment 58
Honolulu Waldorf School
5257 Kalanianaole Hwy
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 278
Soto Academy
1708 Nuuanu Ave Ste 1
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus
1887 Makuakane St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 3190
St Philomena Early Learning Center
3300 Ala Laulani St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Maryknoll School
1722 Dole St And 1402 Dunahou St (2campuses)
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1428
Holy Nativity School
5286 Kalanianaole Hwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 120
L Robert Allen Montessori
3140 Waialae Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
St Clement's School
1515 Wilder Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
Damien Memorial School
1401 Houghtailing St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 371
Waolani Judd Nazarene School
408 N Judd St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 108
St Theresa School
712 N School St Bldg A
Elementary
Total Enrollment 342
Hongwanji Mission School
1728 Pali Hwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 242
St Andrews Priory School
224 Queen Emma Sq
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 369
Hanahauoli School
1922 Makiki St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 182
Hawaiian Mission Academy
1438 Pensacola St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 117
St Francis School
2707 Pamoa Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 446
Lutheran High School Of Hawaii
1404 University Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 86
St Patrick School
3320 Harding Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 295
Honolulu Waldorf School
350 Ulua St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 247
Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center
4470 Aliikoa St Ste 100
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Montessori Center Of Pearl Harbor
45 Makalapa Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Redemption Academy
423 Kamakee St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 7
Calvary By The Sea School
5339 Kalanianaole Hwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
St John The Baptist Catholic School
2340 Omilo Ln
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Punahou School
1601 Punahou St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 3743
La Pietra Hawaii School For Girls
2933 Poni Moi Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 192
Kalihi Union Church Preschool
2214 N King St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
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