Kihei (Hawaiian: Kīhei, pronounced [tiːˈhɛj]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 21,423 at the 2020 census.

Kihei beach with the West Maui Mountains in the distance
Kihei beach with the West Maui Mountains in the distance
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Kihei is located in Hawaii
Location in Hawaii
Coordinates: 20°45′33″N 156°27′26″W / 20.75917°N 156.45722°W / 20.75917; -156.45722
CountryUnited States
 • Total11.75 sq mi (30.42 km2)
 • Land9.36 sq mi (24.25 km2)
 • Water2.38 sq mi (6.17 km2)
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
 • Total21,423
 • Density2,287.80/sq mi (883.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
ZIP code
Area code808
FIPS code15-36500
GNIS feature ID0361181

Geography edit

Kihei is located at 20°45′33″N 156°27′26″W / 20.75917°N 156.45722°W / 20.75917; -156.45722 (20.759122, −156.457228).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.2 km2), of which 9.3 square miles (24.0 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), or 20.44%, is water.[4] It is considered to be the South Side of Maui, located on the leeward side of Haleakala. The climate is arid, receiving no more than 10 inches (250 mm) of rain per year.

Demographics edit

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 16,749 people, 6,170 households, and 3,813 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,648.6 inhabitants per square mile (636.5/km2). There were 9,170 housing units at an average density of 902.6 per square mile (348.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 47.76% White, 6.74% African American, 0.48% Native American, 24.72% Asian, 7.85% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 16.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.

There were 6,170 households, out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the CDP the population was spread out, with 25.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,215, and the median income for a family was $50,738. Males had a median income of $33,229 versus $26,881 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,591. About 7.0% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Public transport edit

Although stops and hours of operation are limited, Kihei is served by the County of Maui's Maui Bus public bus system, with direct routes to transit hubs in Kahului and Maalaea. Connections can be made from these locations to Haiku, Honokowai, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Kula, Lahaina, Makawao. Napili, Paia, Pukalani, Waiehu, Waihee, Waikapu, and Wailuku, as well as Maui's principal airport (OGG) near Kahului. Bus rules limit passengers to a single piece of carry-on sized baggage; larger luggage is prohibited. Fare collection was temporarily suspended in the wake of the Maui wildfires of 2023. The service is still effectively free as of January 2024.

There is also a commuter parking lot at the corner of highway 310 (North Kihei Road) and highway 30 (Honoapi'ilani Highway),[7] the Kihei Junction Park and Ride in adjacent Wailuku. There is no public bus service that stops here; however, it is located near Ma'alaea Harbor Village, where there is a public transportation stop.[8] It's primarily used for hikers, bicyclists and ride sharers looking for a meeting place that is centrally located between Kihei, Lahaina and Wailuku.

Attractions edit

The Kihei Aquatic Center hosts swim meets and other aquatic activities.[9]

Research edit

Several research facilities are located in Kihei, including the main offices for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary,[10] seed operations by Bayer Crop Science,[11] and the Maui Research and Technology Park, which is home to the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), and the Pacific Disaster Center[12] and is overseen by the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing observatory (AMOS).

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Geographic Names Information System".
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Kihei CDP, Hawaii". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "2020: DEC Redistricting". Retrieved July 31, 2023.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "Kihei Junction Park and Ride--Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Route Maps, Trip Planner, Bus Tracker | Maui County, HI- Official Website". Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kihei Aquatic Center". Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "NOAA Breaks Ground on New Facility at Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Office in Kihei". Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  11. ^ "Bayer in Hawaii". Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  12. ^ "Maui Research and Technology Park Tenants".

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