Hawaii is actually made up of a chain of volcanic island that extend over 1,500 miles in the Pacific Ocean and consists of 132 islands. Of these islands, 124 are minor and virtually uninhabited. The eight main island are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Hawaii (the Big Island). Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island are most often considered as tourist destinations and investments locations.

In the year 2000 a record 7 million people visited the Hawaiian Islands spending over $10 billion. The largest percentage of visitors were from the western United States. Tourism continues to be the largest industry in the state of Hawaii.

General Information


Hawaii – the state – 1,258,000

Hawaii (the Big Island) – 158,000

Honolulu (Oahu) – 903,000

Maui – 136,000

Kauai – 61,000



  Hawaii United States
White 24.3% 75%
African American 1.8% 12%
Asian 42% 3.6%
Native Hawaii and Other Pacific Islands 9.4% .01%
Two or more races 22% 2.4%
Housing Units in Multi-Unit Structures 39% 26%

The source of this information is the 2003 U.S. Census