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King Kekaulike Area

The King Kekaulike Area has a population of over 33,000 people and includes the neighborhoods of Paia, Haiku, Pauwela, Makawao, Pukalani, Pulehu, Waiakoa, and Kula. The median age of 37.6 is slightly higher than the State average, reflecting a slightly lower proportion of residents under the age of 35. The percentage of Caucasians is almost double, and the percentage of Asians is less than half, the Statewide averages. There are slightly higher percentages of Hawaiians and Part-Hawaiians compared to the Statewide percentages.

Most of the data for indicators of child and family well-being in this area are equal to or better than the Statewide averages, with a few exceptions. The percentage of children with health insurance coverage is lower than average, and the percentage of young children living in poverty is slightly higher than average. In a Statewide student survey, more than half of the adolescents responding in this community reported a lack of interest in school. The percentage of "idle teens" (not in school and not working) is higher than in most other communities.

The data for most other indicators of child and family well-being in the King Kekaulike Area are more positive. The rate of unemployment is the fourth lowest in the State, and the per capita income is in the top 25% of all communities. In the Statewide student survey, the majority of adolescents responding in this area characterized their neighborhoods as safe and reported strong family and neighborhood ties. The percentages of adults with high school diplomas or college degrees are higher than in most other areas. This community has the highest percentage Statewide of parents who report helping their children with homework, and the 3rd graders do better on the SAT math and reading tests than in the majority of other communities.

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