Hāwī, Hawai'i

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Hawi is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 938 at the 2000 census.

Hawi is situated to the west of the community of Kapaau. Together they comprise the most densely populated region in the district of North Kohala. Historically this part of Kohala is significant as the birthplace of Kamehameha I and the location of the Moʻokini heiau in the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument. The two communities were once busy commercial centers during the operation of the Kohala Sugar plantation.

Hawi is the turnaround point for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon. It is the northern-most point on the bicycle leg, where athletes return to the finish line at Kamakahonu in Kailua-Kona.[1]



Hawi is located at 20°14′31″N 155°50′2″W / 20.24194°N 155.83389°W / 20.24194; -155.83389 (20.241917, -155.834013).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 938 people, 298 households, and 224 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 773.1 people per square mile (299.3/km²). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 274.4/sq mi (106.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 21.22% White, 0.32% African American, 0.21% Native American, 27.08% Asian, 11.19% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 39.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.02% of the population.

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