When deciding to move, whether across an ocean or just to a neighboring town, safety and crime rates play a large role in the decision-making process. As a state, Hawaii has lower violent crime rates than the national median, but higher property crime rates that the rest of the country. According to
Neighborhood Scout, these ten Hawaiian cities are the safest in the state.
1) Makaweli, Kauai
Though sources say that Makaweli is the safest place to live in Hawaii, it is no longer known by that name, but instead by Kaumakai, a small town with a population of approximately 600 located on the southern shore of Kauai.
2) Kalaupapa, Molokai
The small fishing village is the site of a former leper colony, and is situated at the base of some of the world’s highest sea cliffs. Perhaps size is a major factor in safety ratings – at the time of the 2000 census, there were only 122 residents.
3) Schofield Barracks, Oahu
The safety rating has got to be due to the fact that Schofield is a military installation. Access to the base is obviously restricted, and the only crimes are committed by those with a military ID, or whom have been sponsored on base by a military ID holder.
4) Hanalei, Kauai
Hanalei is home to a mere 450 residents, and means “lei making” or “crescent bay” in Hawaiian. It’s hard to imagine much crime could occur in such a picturesque setting.
5) Kilauea, Kauai
Once nicknamed the “Guava Capitol of the World,” Kilauea is home to just over 2,200 residents, and comprises a mere 1.5 square miles of land.
6) Laupahoehoe, Big Island
Meaning “lava tip,” the name refers to the angular cape or lava tip formed by ancient slow lava flows, which created the cape on which the village of less than 600 residents now sits.
7) Haleiwa, Oahu
A surfing mecca in the winter, and a sleepy tourism town during the summer, Haleiwa is home to approximately 4,000 residents, and is full of small boutiques, restaurants, shave ice establishments, and surf shops.
8) Mililani Town, Oahu
The first homes in Mililani went on sale in 1968, and the city is now home to approximately 48,000 residents. In 1986, Mililani was named an All-American city, the first in the state to receive such a distinction.
9) Paauilo, Big Island
Encompassing just 1.2 square miles on the Big Island is this small town with less than 600 residents and a median age of 37 years.
10) Kapolei, Oahu
Hawaii officials have dubbed Kapolei the “second urban center” of Oahu, and much of the growth planned for Oahu’s future population is projected for the Kapolei area. The current population for the city is approximately 15,000.
Of course, this isn’t to say that other cities are not safe, just that, based on crime statistics, these are the safest. I’m pretty excited to learn that my town made this list, though. Did yours?