Waimea, Kauai County, Hawaii

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Waimea (literally, "red water" in Hawaiian[1]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 1,787 at the 2000 census. The first Europeans to reach Hawaii landed in Waimea in 1778 (giving rise to Kauai's cheeky slogan: "Hawaii's Original Visitor Destination").




Waimea is located at 21°57′42″N 159°40′25″W / 21.96167°N 159.67361°W / 21.96167; -159.67361Coordinates: 21°57′42″N 159°40′25″W / 21.96167°N 159.67361°W / 21.96167; -159.67361.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (18.60%) is water.

Waimea is a popular place for tourists, especially hikers who travel through the nearby canyons and ridges.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,787 people, 620 households, and 456 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,707.2 people per square mile (657.1/km²). There were 676 housing units at an average density of 645.8/sq mi (248.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 12.65% White, 0.11% African American, 0.22% Native American, 42.98% Asian, 12.31% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 30.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.22% of the population.

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