Lahaina is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 12,323 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Lahaina is the 17th largest community in Hawaii.
Lahaina home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Lahaina real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lahaina is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lahaina is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lahaina who work in sales jobs (16.96%), food service (16.48%), and office and administrative support (11.88%).
Lahaina is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One of the benefits of Lahaina is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.78 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The percentage of adults in Lahaina who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.79% of the adults in Lahaina have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lahaina in 2018 was $28,389, which is middle income relative to Hawaii and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,556 for a family of four. However, Lahaina contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lahaina is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lahaina home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lahaina residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Lahaina also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.86% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lahaina include Irish, English, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lahaina's cultural character, accounting for 30.77% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Lahaina is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Spanish.