The median age of the 1,855 people in the Hana Area is slightly lower than the median for the State. Nearly one-third of the population is 19 or younger, and the percentage of senior citizens is lower than the State average. The ethnic makeup is unique. This area has the lowest percentage Statewide of Asians (6.3%) and the second-highest percentage (after Niihau) of Native Hawaiians (34.5%). Almost two-thirds of the multi-racial people of Hana identify themselves as Part-Hawaiian.
For a community as small as Hana, it is important to keep in mind that a few unusual cases in the data can skew the results, causing the percentages to move to the high or low extremes. The per capita income of this area is almost 25% lower than the State as a whole, and approximately 30% of the children ages 4 and younger are living in poverty. Consequently, the percentages of families participating in food stamp and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs are high compared to the rest of the State. The percentage of those with disabilities is also high: Hana ranks fourth-highest in the State for elderly with disabilities and highest for the percentage of children in special education programs. Hana has the highest percentage Statewide of 3rd graders who score below average on the SAT and the third-highest percentage of "idle teens" (not in school and not working).
On other indicators of child and family well-being, the Hana Area fares better. This community has the second-highest level of residential stability (living in the same home for 5 years or more), and the percentage of home ownership is higher than the State average. The percentage of 8th graders who feel safe at school is second-highest in the State. In a Statewide student survey, more than half of the adolescents responding in the Hana Area felt connected to their neighborhoods and reported close family ties. All of the high school seniors graduate, and most have plans for higher education. The percentage who gain acceptance to college is among the highest Statewide.