The charm and unique way of life found in a small town is undeniable, and even the smallest of towns deserve recognition. These 16 Hawaiian towns are some of the tiniest– less than 800 residents in each, some even have a population of less than one hundred.
1) Kapalua, Maui
With a population of 353, Kapalua is located along Maui’s northwest coast, and is home to Kapalua Resort.
2) Kalihiwai, Kauai
At the 2000 census Kalihiwai was home to 717 residents, but the town has since decreased in population to 428, as of the 2010 census.
3) Honomu, Big Island
With a population of little more than 500 people, Honomu is small – we’re talking approximately 0.5 square miles.
4) Manele Bay, Lanai
One of only two census-designated places on the island of Lanai is Manele, which is the least populated city in Hawaii with 29 residents. It is home to the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
5) Makena, Maui
Prior to 2010, Makena was grouped into Wailea-Makena, but now is considered its own census-designated place with a population of fewer than 100 individuals – 99 residents, to be precise.
6) Haena, Kauai
Often referred to as the “end of the road,” this location marks the end of the Kuhio Highway. It is also home to several ancient Hawaiian sites, and sea caves estimated to be more than 4,000 years old.
7) Kawela Bay, Oahu
Located adjacent to Oahu’s popular Turtle Bay Resort is Kawela Bay, with a population of 330, which is a 19 percent decrease from the 2000 census.
8) Paauilo, Big Island
Home to the Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Paauilo is 1.2 square miles, and has a population of 595.
9) Maalaea, Maui
Despite its small population – just 352 people live here – Maalaea is home to a small boat harbor, as well as the popular Maui Ocean Center.
10) Pakala Village, Kauai
Once home to the temporary living quarters for employees of the Gay & Robinson sugar plantation, the village now has a population of 294.
11) Olowalu, Maui
Located a mere four miles south of Lahaina, this tiny town with a population of 80 is under consideration for a major real estate development, which would dramatically increase the town’s population.
12) Paukaa, Big Island
Located near Hilo, Paukaa is a small town with 425 residents located within just half of a square mile.
13) Maunaloa, Molokai
Located on the western side of Mollokai is Maunaloa, population 376, not to be confused with the Big Island volcano.
14) Waikane, Oahu
Encompassing 7.2 square miles on Oahu’s windward coast is Waikane, a census-designated place with a population of 778.
15) Wainiha, Kauai
With a population density of 14 people per square mile and an overall population of 365 people, Wainiha is actually quite large in area.
16) Waiohinu, Big Island
With a population of 213, this town is located near the southern tip of the Big Island. Mark Twain supposedly visited Waiohinu in 1866, and allegedly planted a monkey pod tree here.
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