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Lawai, HI

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About Lawai, HI

Lawai, HI is located in Kauai County in the state of Hawaii.

The total City Population for Lawai is about 2,733 with about 238 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $655,392, which is roughly 1% lower than the Average Home Value of $658,867 for the state of Hawaii, and roughly 67% higher than the National Average of $217,072.

The Median Income Per Household is about $75,000, which is roughly 13% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $86,140 for the state of Hawaii, and roughly 13% higher higher than the National Average of $65,026.

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Quick Stats

Lawai Population 2,733
Average Home Value $655,392
Median Household Income $75,000
Median Age 38.5
Unemployment Rate 12.7%
Politics 63.36% Democratic

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 2.81
Male Population Estimate: 53.3%
Female Population Estimate: 46.7%
Median Age: 38.5
Male Median Age: 38.5
Female Median Age: 41.4

Racial Demographic Estimates



Kauai County voted Democratic in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator
Brian Schatz
Democratic Party
Mazie Hirono
U.S. Senator
Mazie Hirono
Democratic Party
Josh Green
State governor
Josh Green
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Democratic: 63.36%
Republican: 34.58%
Libertarian: 0.9%
Green: 0.76%
Other: 0.4%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Lawai specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Kauai County: About 2.39839 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Kauai County: About 235.304 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Kauai County is about 39% lower than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 18% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Lawai is about 12.7%.

Hawaii is ranked #14 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 64.29 out of 100.

14th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 45.11

The average living wage for the state of Hawaii is $40.4/hr, while the states minimum wage is $10.10/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Hawaii a minimum wage score of 16.36 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $9.35/hr, which gives Hawaii a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 90.43 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Hawaii is $250.10, resulting in a UI benefit score of 35.66 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Hawaii does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
Hawaii does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Hawaii does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Hawaii does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
Hawaii does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Hawaii does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Hawaii does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Hawaii does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Hawaii does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
Hawaii does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Hawaii does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Hawaii does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Hawaii does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
Hawaii does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
Hawaii does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Hawaii does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
X Hawaii does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Hawaii does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Hawaii does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Hawaii does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 96741, 96756, 96765 (3 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 21.920400
Longitude: -159.500600
TimeZone: Hawaii-Aleutian Islands (GMT -10:00)
Daylight Saving: No
Region: West
Average Elevation: 594.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 808