Yesterday, we looked at Hawaii’s total population in comparison to the rest of the U.S. Today, we’ll drill down to look at the interesting demographics by ethnicity in comparison to the nation’s statistics. Per data from the U.S. Census Bureau, here is a comparison by race.
|Black or African American||2.4%||12.4%|
|American Indian & Alaska Native||0.3%||0.8%|
|Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander||8.5%||0.1%|
|Some other race||1.3%||6.2%|
|Two or more races||21.3%||2.1%|
As you can see, Hawaii is quite a bit more diverse in comparison to the nation as a whole. Hawaii’s growth in the agricultural industry in the 20th century had a major influence on the population diversity. Immigrants came to Hawaii to find work in sugar, pineapple, coffee and macadamia nut farms.
As a visitor, you’ll find Hawaii’s racial diversity is evident wherever you go. It has influenced the arts, festivals, and certainly the cuisine in Hawaii. I’m not sure you’ll find a more harmonic mixture anywhere else on earth.