Iroquois Point, Hawaii

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Iroquois Point, Hawaii (The Waterfront at Pu'uloa)
Census-designated place
Location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaii
Coordinates: 21°19′46″N 157°58′51″W / 21.32944°N 157.98083°W / 21.32944; -157.98083Coordinates: 21°19′46″N 157°58′51″W / 21.32944°N 157.98083°W / 21.32944; -157.98083
Country United States
State Hawaii
Area
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 11 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,374
 • Density 5,600/sq mi (2,000/km2)
Time zone Hawaii-Aleutian (UTC-10)
Area code(s) 808
FIPS code 15-19100
Puʻuloa Lagoon in the center of Iroquois Point Housing

Iroquois Point is a census-designated place (CDP) in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, on the island of Oahu near Pearl Harbor. The population was 3,374 at the 2010 census.[1] "Iroquois Point" refers to the geographic land area that is occupied by the Waterfront at Pu'uloa (known as "Iroquois Point Island Club" prior to 2008), a firing range, a Navy Exchange shoppette and gas station, and Iroquois Point Elementary School. Once primarily used as a military housing community, it is now privately operated.

Geography[edit]

Iroquois Point is located at 21°19'46" north, 157°58'51" west (21.329350, -157.980963).[2] It is reached from North Road in ʻEwa Beach by turning onto Iroquois Drive. Alternatively, Iroquois Point Road from Fort Weaver Road in ʻEwa to West Loch Drive, and West Loch Drive south connecting to the end of North Road just beyond Iroquois Drive.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), of which 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) is water. The total area is 15.62% water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,462 people, 675 households, and 660 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,585.0 people per square mile (1,760.3/km²). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 1,927.5 per square mile (740.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.81% White, 5.56% African American, 1.06% Native American, 4.14% Asian, 0.89% Pacific Islander, 4.10% from other races, and 7.43% from two or more races. 7.88% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 675 households out of which 83.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 95.0% were married couples living together, 1.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 2.2% were non-families. 1.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.65 and the average family size was 3.68.

In the CDP the population is spread out with 44.5% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 48.1% from 25 to 44, 2.6% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 26 years. For every 100 females there are 105.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP is $44,200, and the median income for a family is $44,200. Males have a median income of $33,590 versus $26,458 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $13,257. 1.8% of the population and 2.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 1.7% of those under the age of 18 and 0.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

History[edit]

The name of Iroquois Point was derived from the name USS Iroquois which was held by two U.S. Navy ships. Both ships had history that related to that spot at the entrance to Pearl Harbor. USS Iroquois, a steam sloop of war commissioned in 1850, was outfitted as a hospital ship to provide care to U.S. sailors aboard vessels anchored in Honolulu Harbor, and it is believed that the ship was anchored near the present Iroquois Point site. The second USS Iroquois, a commercial steam tug commissioned in 1898, was assigned to Commander F. Merry as part of his operations at Naval Station Honolulu.[4]

Starting in the summer of 2003 this U.S. Navy property was leased to Hunt Building Co. and Fluor Federal Services LLC—a joint venture now operating as Ford Island Properties—in exchange for in-kind construction and infrastructure repairs on Ford Island. This unprecedented arrangement was made possible through special legislation passed by Congress in 1999. The Navy gave the developers a 65-year lease of Iroquois Point/Puʻuloa, a 34-acre (14 ha) parcel on Ford Island, and the 6.6-acre (2.7 ha) Hālawa Landing—all underutilized Navy properties. The developers also were allowed to purchase 695 acres (2.81 km2) of housing at Kalaeloa after three years and given outright ownership of the 515-acre (2.08 km2) former Waikele Naval Magazine (Gordon, 2005).

Built in the 1960s, the homes on the north side of Puʻuloa Lagoon were empty when renovations began in August 2003, with more than 100 tradesmen working on a daily basis, moving block by block through the housing development. Something less than half of the 1,463 homes were upgraded with an initial investment of about $20 million. Beyond that, several million dollars is to be invested for amenities, such as a community center (Gordon, 2005). Iroquois Point housing lies directly under the glideslope of runway 8L of Honolulu International Airport. Neighborhood residents are often witness to large commercial and military jets that land at the airport flying low over the area.

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