Kaunakakai, Hawaii

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Kaunakakai, Hawaii
CDP
Downtown Kaunanakai, July 2006
Downtown Kaunanakai, July 2006
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Coordinates: 21°5′20″N 157°0′45″W / 21.08889°N 157.01250°W / 21.08889; -157.01250Coordinates: 21°5′20″N 157°0′45″W / 21.08889°N 157.01250°W / 21.08889; -157.01250
Country United States
State Hawaii
County Maui
Area
 • Total 16.4 sq mi (42.6 km2)
 • Land 12.8 sq mi (33.2 km2)
 • Water 3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,425
 • Density 210/sq mi (80/km2)
Time zone Hawaii-Aleutian (UTC-10)
ZIP code 96748
Area code(s) 808
FIPS code 15-31100
GNIS feature ID 0360717

Kaunakakai is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States. It is the largest town on the island of Molokaʻi. The population was 3,425 at the 2010 census.[1] It is "twinned" with Embo in Scotland. The town was made famous in the 1930s by the song "The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai", beginning an ongoing tradition of designating an honorary mayor for the town.[2]

History[edit]

In the mid-1800s, King Kamehameha V sometimes spent his summers on Molokai at a home in Kaunakakai. The main street of Kaunakakai, Ala Malama Avenue, was named after the king's summer home.[3]

Geography[edit]

Kaunakakai is located at 21°5′20″N 157°0′45″W / 21.08889°N 157.01250°W / 21.08889; -157.01250 (21.088968, -157.012542).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.4 square miles (42.6 km2), of which 12.8 square miles (33.2 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2), or 22.00%, is water.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 78
(26)
78
(26)
79
(26)
80
(27)
82
(28)
83
(28)
85
(29)
86
(30)
86
(30)
85
(29)
82
(28)
79
(26)
81.9
(27.8)
Average low °F (°C) 63
(17)
63
(17)
64
(18)
65
(18)
67
(19)
69
(21)
70
(21)
71
(22)
71
(22)
70
(21)
68
(20)
65
(18)
67.2
(19.5)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.7
(94)
3.7
(94)
2.5
(64)
2.1
(53)
1.4
(36)
0.7
(18)
0.6
(15)
0.6
(15)
0.8
(20)
1.8
(46)
2.8
(71)
4.0
(102)
24.7
(628)
Source: Weatherbase[6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,726 people, 867 households, and 645 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,342.7 people per square mile (518.5/km²). There were 962 housing units at an average density of 473.8 per square mile (183.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 8.6% Euro American, 5.6% Black, 0.2% Native American, 28.8% Asian, 30.7% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 31.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 867 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.66.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 32.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,492, and the median income for a family was $39,348. Males had a median income of $30,543 versus $22,337 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,201. About 15.5% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.4% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

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