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Kauai County
Captain James Cook statue
Official seal of Kauai County
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Map of Hawaii highlighting Kauai County
Location within the U.S. state of Hawaii
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Hawaii's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Hawaii
Founded 1905
Seat Lihue
Largest community Kapa‘a
Area
 • Total 1,266 sq mi (3,280 km2)
 • Land 620 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Water 646 sq mi (1,670 km2)  51.0%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
73,298
 • Density 118/sq mi (46/km2)
Time zone UTC−10 (Hawaii–Aleutian)
 • Summer (DST) HADT
Congressional district 2nd

Kauaʻi County (Hawaiian: Kalana o Kauaʻi) (officially known as the County of Kauaʻi) is a county in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It consists of the islands of Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Lehua, and Kaʻula. As of the 2020 Census the population was 73,298. The county seat is Līhuʻe.

The Kapa'a Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Kauai County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,266 square miles (3,280 km2), of which 620 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 646 square miles (1,670 km2) (51.0%) is water. The Pacific Ocean surrounds the county.

Adjacent county

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 20,734
1910 23,952 15.5%
1920 29,438 22.9%
1930 35,942 22.1%
1940 35,818 −0.3%
1950 29,905 −16.5%
1960 28,176 −5.8%
1970 29,761 5.6%
1980 39,082 31.3%
1990 51,177 30.9%
2000 58,463 14.2%
2010 67,091 14.8%
2019 (est.) 72,293 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018

At the 2000 census there were 58,463 people, 20,183 households, and 14,572 families in the county. The population density was 94 people per square mile (36/km2). There were 25,331 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 36.0% Asian, 29.5% White, 23.8% from two or more races, 9.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American and 0.9% from other races. 8.2%. were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 20,183 households 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.4% of households were one person and 7.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.34.

The age distribution was 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Lihue Airport serves the island of Kauai. Bus service is provided by The Kauai Bus.

Major Highways
  • Route 50
  • Route 51
  • Route 56
  • Route 58
  • Route 520
  • Route 540
  • Route 550
  • Route 570
  • Route 580
  • Route 581
  • Route 583

Communities

There are no incorporated communities in Kauai County.

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated place

Sister cities



Economy

Top employers

According to the county's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top non-government employers in the county are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa 927
2 Wilcox Memorial Hospital 917
3 The St. Regis Princeville Resort (Now closed for remodel and rebranding) 500
4 Ohana Pacific Management Co. 382
5 Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital 289
6 Aqua-Aston Hospitality 287
7 Kauai Beach Resort 240
8 Sheraton Kauai Resort 236
9 Koa Kea Hotel & Resort 170
10 Pioneer Hi Bred International 165

Education

Higher education

Kauai Community College is the county's only institution of higher education. One of the ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system, it offers a range of 2-year degrees and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Primary and Secondary Education

Public schools in the county are operated by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, and the county is represented by Maggie Cox on the state's Board of Education. There are 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 5 K-12 schools in the county.

High schools

  • Kapa'a High School
  • Kauaʻi High School
  • Waimea High School

Middle schools

  • Kamakahelei Middle School
  • Kapa'a Middle School
  • Waimea Canyon Middle School

Elementary schools

  • Alakaʻi O Kauaʻi Public Charter School
  • Eleele Elementary School
  • Hanalei Elementary School
  • Kalaheo Elementary School
  • Kapa'a Elementary
  • Kaumualii Elementary School
  • Kekaha Elementary School
  • Kilauea Elementary School
  • Kōloa Elementary School
  • Wilcox Elementary School

K-12 Schools

  • Kanuikapono Public Charter School
  • Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School
  • Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha Learning Center
  • Kula Aupuni Niʻihau A Kahelelani Aloha
  • Ni'ihau High & Elementary

Private schools

There are two private schools in the county: Island School, and the Kahili Adventist School. Four private schools, including St. Catherine's School and St. Theresa's Elementary School (Catholic schools) and the Charter Schools on the island...

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