Kahului, Hawaii

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Kahului is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, on the island of Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii, and the third-largest census-designated place (CDP) of the State of Hawaiʻi. The largest community on the island, it lies on the north shore of central Maui. Kahului hosts Maui's main airport (Kahului Airport), deep-draft harbor, light industrial areas, and commercial shopping centers. The population was 20,146 at the 2000 census.

Kahului is the retail center for Maui residents and there are several malls and major stores (including department stores in the Queen Kaahumanu Center); other significant groupings of stores are in Lāhainā such as the Lahaina Cannery Mall, the Happy Valley area of Wailuku, Maui Market Place and Maui Mall, which are both also located in Kahului, and The Shops at Wailea in Wailea.

Kahului is not generally considered a tourist destination, but does feature the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanaha Beach County Park, and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Kahului is served by Kahului Airport, located outside of the CDP.[1]


Geography and climate

Kahului is located at 20°52'54" North, 156°28'3" West (20.881756, -156.467446)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.3 square miles (42.3 km²), of which, 15.2 square miles (39.3 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is water. The total area is 7.16% water.

Kahului is directly adjacent to Wailuku located on the west side of town.

According to the climate zone, Kahului is in the Tropical wet and dry climate zone (Köppen classification As) with a dry summer season.


As of the 2000 Census, there were 20,146 people, 5,880 households, and 4,421 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,328.7 people per square mile (513.1/km²). There were 6,079 housing units at an average density of 400.9/sq mi (154.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 10.06% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 53.62% Asian, 9.91% Pacific Islander, 1.47% from other races, and 24.42% from two or more races. 8.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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