Kauaʻi County (Hawaiian: Kalana o Kauaʻi) (officially known as the County of Kauaʻi) is a county in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It consists of the islands of Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Lehua, and Kaʻula. As of the 2020 Census the population was 73,298. The county seat is Līhuʻe.
|Coordinates: 22°04′00″N 159°39′00″W / 22.066666666667°N 159.65°W|
|• Mayor||Derek Kawakami|
|• Total||1,266 sq mi (3,280 km2)|
|• Land||620 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Water||646 sq mi (1,670 km2) 51.0%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||118/sq mi (46/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−10 (Hawaii–Aleutian)|
|• Summer (DST)||HADT|
The Kapa'a Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Kauai County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,266 square miles (3,280 km2), of which 620 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 646 square miles (1,670 km2) (51.0%) is water. The Pacific Ocean surrounds the county.
- Honolulu County, Hawaii - southeast
- Midway Atoll - northwest
National protected areasEdit
Government and politicsEdit
Kauaʻi County has a mayor-council form of municipal government. Executive authority is vested in the Mayor of Kauaʻi, elected by the voters on a nonpartisan basis to a four-year term. Legislative authority is vested in the seven-member County Council. All members of the County Council are elected on a nonpartisan, at-large basis to two-year terms.
United States CongressEdit
Kauai County, like the rest of Hawaii, is represented entirely by Democrats in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
|Senate Class 1||Mazie Hirono||Democratic||2013||Junior Senator|
|Senate Class 3||Brian Schatz||Democratic||2012||Senior Senator|
|Representatives||Name||Party||First Elected||Area(s) of Kauai County Represented|
|District 2||Kai Kahele||Democratic||2021||entire county|
|District||Name||Party||First Elected||Area(s) of Kauaʻi County Represented|
|8||Ron Kouchi||Democratic||2010||entire county|
Hawaii House of RepresentativesEdit
|District||Name||Party||First Elected||Area(s) of Kauaʻi County Represented|
|14||Nadine Nakamura||Democratic||2016||Hanalei, Princeville, Kīlauea, Anahola, Kapa'a, Wailua|
|15||James Tokioka||Democratic||2007||Wailuā Homesteads, Hanamā'ulu, Līhu'e, Puhi, Kōloa, 'Ōma'o|
|16||Dee Morikawa||Democratic||2011||Niʻihau, Lehua, Kōloa, Waimea|
Kauai County has traditionally been a solid Democratic stronghold. The county has not voted Republican since the 1984 federal election, when it narrowly voted in favor of Ronald Reagan.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2000 census there were 58,463 people, 20,183 households, and 14,572 families in the county. The population density was 94 people per square mile (36/km2). There were 25,331 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 36.0% Asian, 29.5% White, 23.8% from two or more races, 9.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American and 0.9% from other races. 8.2%. were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 20,183 households 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.4% of households were one person and 7.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.34.
The age distribution was 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.
According to the county's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top non-government employers in the county are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa||927|
|2||Wilcox Memorial Hospital||917|
|3||The St. Regis Princeville Resort (Now closed for remodel and rebranding)||500|
|4||Ohana Pacific Management Co.||382|
|5||Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital||289|
|7||Kauai Beach Resort||240|
|8||Sheraton Kauai Resort||236|
|9||Koa Kea Hotel & Resort||170|
|10||Pioneer Hi Bred International||165|
Kauai Community College is the county's only institution of higher education. One of the ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system, it offers a range of 2-year degrees and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Primary and Secondary EducationEdit
Public schools in the county are operated by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, and the county is represented by Maggie Cox on the state's Board of Education. There are 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 5 K-12 schools in the county.
- Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
- Kapa'a Middle School
- Waimea Canyon Middle School
- Alakaʻi O Kauaʻi Public Charter School
- Eleele Elementary School
- Hanalei Elementary School
- Kalaheo Elementary School
- Kapa'a Elementary
- Kaumualii Elementary School
- Kekaha Elementary School
- Kilauea Elementary School
- Kōloa Elementary School
- Wilcox Elementary School
- Kanuikapono Public Charter School
- Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School
- Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha Learning Center
- Kula Aupuni Niʻihau A Kahelelani Aloha
- Ni'ihau High & Elementary
There are two private schools in the county: Island School, and the Kahili Adventist School. Four private schools, including St. Catherine's School and St. Theresa's Elementary School (Catholic schools) and the Charter Schools on the island...
Lihue Airport serves the island of Kauai. Bus service is provided by The Kauai Bus.
- Major Highways
There are no incorporated communities in Kauai County, or in any other county of Hawaii. The county is the only form of local government in the State of Hawaii.
Other unincorporated placesEdit
Kauai County's sister cities are:
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