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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 Population350,788
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens19.2%
Employed Population 16+178,999
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married45.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.4%
Median Earnings25+$40,102
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,061
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,914

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,544
% Above Poverty Level88.4%
% Below Poverty Level11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.5%
% Using Public Transportation12.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33%
Median Gross Rent$1,411
Median House Value$628,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)78.4%
German4%
Irish3.4%
English2.8%
Italian1.9%
Portuguese1.6%
French Except Basque1.1%
Polish0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
West Indian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Greek0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Czech0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
African0.1%
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Honolulu Almanac

CategoryValue
County Honolulu County
Standard Zip Codes96814, 96817, 96818, 96819, 96825, 96813, 96815, 96816, 96821, 96822, 96826, 96850
P.O. Box Zip Codes96801, 96811, 96828, 96830, 96838, 96802, 96803, 96804, 96805, 96806, 96807, 96808, 96809, 96810, 96812, 96820, 96823, 96824, 96836, 96837, 96839
Company Zip Codes96844, 96846, 96849, 96840, 96841, 96843, 96847, 96848
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
Aiea9,332$115,602
Ewa Beach15,047$90,244
Kailua38,088$123,464
Kaneohe34,123$105,168
Waimanalo6,578$78,385

Honolulu Public Libraries

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

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Honolulu Hospitals

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

Honolulu Public Schools

Central Middle School
1302 Queen Emma St
ZIP: 96813
(808) 587-4400
Middle
Total Enrollment 365
Myron B. Thompson Academy - A New Century Pcs
1040a Richards St, Room 220
ZIP: 96813
(808) 441-8000
Other
Total Enrollment 584
Pauoa Elementary School
2301 Pauoa Rd
ZIP: 96813
(808) 587-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
President Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
615 Auwaiolimu St
ZIP: 96813
(808) 587-4480
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School
49 Funchal St
ZIP: 96813
(808) 587-4430
Middle
Total Enrollment 840
Royal Elementary School
1519 Queen Emma St
ZIP: 96813
(808) 587-4510
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
President William Mckinley High School
1039 South King St
ZIP: 96814
(808) 594-0400
High
Total Enrollment 1671
Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School
1141 Kinau St
ZIP: 96814
(808) 587-4414
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Hawaii School For The Deaf And Blind
3440 Leahi Ave
ZIP: 96815
(808) 733-4999
Other
Total Enrollment 54
President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
324 Kapahulu Ave
ZIP: 96815
(808) 971-6922
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Waikiki Elementary School
3710 Leahi Ave
ZIP: 96815
(808) 971-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Aliiolani Elementary School
1240 7th Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 250
Anuenue School
2528 10th Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-8465
Other
Total Enrollment 403
Hokulani Elementary School
2940 Kamakini St
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4789
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Kahala Elementary School
4559 Kilauea Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-8455
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Kaimuki High School
2705 Kaimuki Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4900
High
Total Enrollment 760
Kaimuki Middle School
631 18th Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 987
King Liholiho Elementary School
3430 Maunaloa Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Mayor John H Wilson Elementary School
4945 Kilauea Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4740
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Palolo Elementary School
2106 10th Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Pohukaina School
637 18th Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4400
School For Examining Essential Questions Of Sustainability
845 22nd Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 677-3377
Middle
Total Enrollment 126
Waialae Elementary - Pcs
1045 19th Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4880
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
William P Jarrett Middle School
1903 Palolo Ave
ZIP: 96816
(808) 733-4888
Middle
Total Enrollment 241
Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School
1564 North King St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 832-3600
High
Total Enrollment 2417
Halau Lokahi - A New Century Public Charter School
401 Waiakamilo Rd, Unit 1a
ZIP: 96817
(808) 832-3594
Other
Total Enrollment 161
Kalihi Kai Elementary School
626 Mcneill St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 832-3322
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Kapalama Elementary School
1601 North School St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 832-3290
Primary
Total Enrollment 605
Kauluwela Elementary School
1486 Aala St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 587-4447
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Lanakila Elementary School
717 North Kuakini St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 587-4466
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Maemae Elementary School
319 Wyllie St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 595-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Nuuanu Elementary School
3055 Puiwa Ln
ZIP: 96817
(808) 595-5422
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Princess Miriam K Likelike Elementary School
1618 Palama St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 832-3370
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Princess Victoria Kaiulani Elementary School
783 North King St
ZIP: 96817
(808) 832-3160
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Admiral Arthur W Radford High School
4361 Salt Lake Blvd
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4200
High
Total Enrollment 1347
Admiral Chester W Nimitz Elementary School
520 Main St
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4165
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Aliamanu Elementary School
3265 Salt Lake Blvd
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4280
Primary
Total Enrollment 663
Aliamanu Middle School
3271 Salt Lake Blvd
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4100
Middle
Total Enrollment 745
Lt Col Horrace Meek Hickam Elementary School
Manzelman Cir
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4148
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Makalapa Elementary School
4435 Salt Lake Blvd
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4110
Primary
Total Enrollment 716
Mokulele Elementary School
250 Aupaka St
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4180
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Pearl Harbor Elementary School
1 Moanalua Ridge
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4130
Primary
Total Enrollment 656
Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School
1 C Ave
ZIP: 96818
(808) 421-4245
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Salt Lake Elementary School
1131 Ala Lilikoi St
ZIP: 96818
(808) 831-7870
Primary
Total Enrollment 705
Governor Sanford B Dole Middle School
1803 Kam Iv Rd
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3340
Middle
Total Enrollment 809
Kaewai Elementary School
1929 Kamehameha Iv Rd
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Kalihi Elementary School
2471 Kula Kolea Dr
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3177
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Kalihi Uka Elementary School
2411 Kalihi St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3310
Primary
Total Enrollment 266
Kalihi Waena Elementary School
1240 Gulick Ave
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3210
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
King David Kalakaua Middle School
821 Kalihi St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3130
Middle
Total Enrollment 988
Linapuni Elementary School
1434 Linapuni St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3303
Primary
Total Enrollment 151
Major General William R Shafter Elementary School
2 Fort Shafter
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3560
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Mayor Joseph J Fern Elementary School
1121 Middle St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3040
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Moanalua Elementary School
1337 Mahiole St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 831-7878
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Moanalua High School
2825 Ala Ilima St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 837-8455
High
Total Enrollment 1998
Moanalua Middle School
1289 Mahiole St
ZIP: 96819
(808) 831-7850
Middle
Total Enrollment 845
Puuhale Elementary School
345 Puuhale Rd
ZIP: 96819
(808) 832-3190
Primary
Total Enrollment 239
Red Hill Elementary School
1265 Ala Kula Pl
ZIP: 96819
(808) 831-7866
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Aina Haina Elementary School
801 W Hind Dr
ZIP: 96821
(808) 377-2419
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Kalani High School
4680 Kalanianaole Hwy
ZIP: 96821
(808) 377-7744
High
Total Enrollment 1277
Niu Valley Middle School
310 Halemaumau St
ZIP: 96821
(808) 377-2440
Middle
Total Enrollment 887
Halau Ku Mana - A New Century Pcs
2101 Makiki Heights Dr
ZIP: 96822
(808) 945-1600
Other
Total Enrollment 134
Manoa Elementary School
3155 Manoa Rd
ZIP: 96822
(808) 988-1868
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Noelani Elementary School
2655 Woodlawn Dr
ZIP: 96822
(808) 988-1858
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
President Theodore Roosevelt High School
1120 Nehoa St
ZIP: 96822
(808) 587-4600
High
Total Enrollment 1423
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School
1202 Prospect St
ZIP: 96822
(808) 587-4520
Middle
Total Enrollment 611
University Laboratory School
1776 University Ave, Uhs Building 3
ZIP: 96822
(808) 956-7833
Other
Total Enrollment 444
Voyager - A Public Charter School
2428 Wilder Ave
ZIP: 96822
(808) 521-9770
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Hahaione Elementary School
595 Pepeekeo St
ZIP: 96825
(808) 397-5822
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
Henry J Kaiser High School
511 Lunalilo Home Rd
ZIP: 96825
(808) 394-1200
High
Total Enrollment 1156
Kamiloiki Elementary School
7788 Hawaii Kai Dr
ZIP: 96825
(808) 397-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Koko Head Elementary School
189 Lunalilo Home Rd
ZIP: 96825
(808) 397-5811
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
Ala Wai Elementary School
503 Kamoku St
ZIP: 96826
(808) 973-0070
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
King William Lunalilo Elementary School
810 Pumehana St
ZIP: 96826
(808) 973-0270
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
President George Washington Middle School
1633 South King St
ZIP: 96826
(808) 973-0177
Middle
Total Enrollment 801
Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School
2759 South King St
ZIP: 96826
(808) 973-0085
Primary
Total Enrollment 289

Honolulu Private Schools

Hongwanji Mission School
1728 Pali Hwy
ZIP: 96813
Elementary
Total Enrollment 242
Kawaiaha'o Church School
872 Mission Ln
ZIP: 96813
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Pacific Buddhist Academy
1728 Pali Hwy
ZIP: 96813
Secondary
Total Enrollment 58
St Andrews Priory School
224 Queen Emma Sq
ZIP: 96813
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 369
Hawaiian Mission Academy K-8
1415 Makiki St
ZIP: 96814
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Redemption Academy
423 Kamakee St
ZIP: 96814
Secondary
Total Enrollment 7
La Pietra Hawaii School For Girls
2933 Poni Moi Rd
ZIP: 96815
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 192
Kaimuki Christian School
1117 Koko Head Ave
ZIP: 96816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 266
L Robert Allen Montessori
3140 Waialae Ave
ZIP: 96816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
St Louis School
3142 Waialae Ave
ZIP: 96816
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 614
St Patrick School
3320 Harding Ave
ZIP: 96816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 295
Variety School Of Hawaii
710 Palekaua St
ZIP: 96816
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Academy Of The Pacific
913 Alewa Dr
ZIP: 96817
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 85
Cathedral Catholic Academy
1728 Nuuanu Ave
ZIP: 96817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
Damien Memorial School
1401 Houghtailing St
ZIP: 96817
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 371
Hawaii Baptist Academy
2429 Pali Hwy
ZIP: 96817
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1121
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus
1887 Makuakane St
ZIP: 96817
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 3190
Soto Academy
1708 Nuuanu Ave Ste 1
ZIP: 96817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
St Theresa School
712 N School St Bldg A
ZIP: 96817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 342
Waolani Judd Nazarene School
408 N Judd St
ZIP: 96817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 108
Assets School
1 Ohana Nui Way
ZIP: 96818
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 350
Holy Family Catholic Academy
830 Main St
ZIP: 96818
Elementary
Total Enrollment 540
Montessori Center Of Pearl Harbor
45 Makalapa Dr
ZIP: 96818
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Navy Hale Keiki School
153 Bougainville Dr
ZIP: 96818
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
St Philomena Early Learning Center
3300 Ala Laulani St
ZIP: 96818
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Christian Academy
3400 Moanalua Rd
ZIP: 96819
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 244
Kalihi Union Church Preschool
2214 N King St
ZIP: 96819
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
St Anthony School
640 Puuhale Rd
ZIP: 96819
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
St John The Baptist Catholic School
2340 Omilo Ln
ZIP: 96819
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Calvary By The Sea School
5339 Kalanianaole Hwy
ZIP: 96821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Holy Nativity School
5286 Kalanianaole Hwy
ZIP: 96821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 120
Honolulu Waldorf School
350 Ulua St
ZIP: 96821
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 247
Honolulu Waldorf School
5257 Kalanianaole Hwy
ZIP: 96821
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 278
Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center
4470 Aliikoa St Ste 100
ZIP: 96821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Star Of The Sea School
4469 Malia St
ZIP: 96821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 229
Hanahauoli School
1922 Makiki St
ZIP: 96822
Elementary
Total Enrollment 182
Hawaiian Mission Academy
1438 Pensacola St
ZIP: 96822
Secondary
Total Enrollment 117
Lutheran High School Of Hawaii
1404 University Ave
ZIP: 96822
Secondary
Total Enrollment 86
Maryknoll School
1722 Dole St And 1402 Dunahou St (2campuses)
ZIP: 96822
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1428
Mid-pacific Institute
2445 Kaala St
ZIP: 96822
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1517
Montessori Community School
1239 Nehoa St
ZIP: 96822
Elementary
Total Enrollment 90
Our Redeemer Lutheran School
2428 Wilder Ave
ZIP: 96822
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
Punahou School
1601 Punahou St
ZIP: 96822
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 3743
St Clement's School
1515 Wilder Ave
ZIP: 96822
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
St Francis School
2707 Pamoa Rd
ZIP: 96822
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 446
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