The West Side Of Oʻahu Is Hawaiʻi’s Youngest Place

What’s the secret to staying young? No idea. But I sure feel more youthful energy and exuberance when I’m around younger people. If that’s true for you, West Oʻahu is the place to be.

Of the 30 towns in the Hawaiian Islands with more than 10,000 people, the West Side has the six youngest.

Place Median Age
Nānākuli 29.5
Kapolei 31.5
Ocean Pointe 32.2
Waiʻanae 32.3
ʻEwa Gentry 33.4
Makakilo 34.8

But overall, Hawaiʻi’s population is older than the U.S average. Hawaiʻi’s median age of 38.0 is slightly higher than the US average of 37.6. And 15.6% of Hawaiʻi residents are 65 and older—that’s 8th-highest among U.S. states, higher even than Arizona. The overwhelming youth of the west side is canceled out by older folks—many of them in the state’s wealthiest communities.

Here are all of the places over 10,000 in Hawaiʻi with a median age over 40:

Place Median Age
East Honolulu 47
Halawa 42.8
Kailua (Oʻahu) 42.3
Kāneʻohe 41.9
Wailuku 41.2
Pearl City 41
Wailuku 41.2
Hawaiian Paradise Park 40.5
Kapaʻa 40.5
Urban Honolulu 40.4
Hilo 40.4

Upscale East Honolulu—the area around Koko Head and Hanauma Bay—is by far the oldest town on the Islands, with a median age of 47. Maybe if I want to feel young I ought to go there! (Although definitely not if I want to feel rich.)