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Quick Facts -- Oahu
The following are facts about the Island of Oahu.
Nickname: The Gathering Place
Area: 597.1 square miles
Average temperature: 68� to 81� F
Average rainfall: 23 inches per year on the coast
Under 5: 7.9 %
5 to 19: 20.3 %
20 to 44: 38.3 %
45 to 64: 21.2 %
65+: 12.9 %
- By ethnic group
Caucasian : 22%
Japanese: 20 %
Hawaiian/part Hawaiian: 19 %
Filipino: 13 %
Chinese: 5 %
By urban area
The island of O'ahu is governed by the City and County of Honolulu. The
county also includes most of the unpopulated Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands extending to Kure Atoll, which is 1,367 miles from Honolulu. The
County is operated by a mayor, a nine-member city council, and the
county's departments and agencies.
Major industries: tourism, agriculture
Most visitors to Hawai'i either stop or stay on O'ahu. Visitor arrivals
in 1999 totaled 4,731,940. For the most current visitor arrival
statistics, visit the Department of Business, Economic Development &
Despite its urban nature, many crops are grown on O'ahu. Vegetables and
fruits -- including pineapple -- are cultivated. Sugarcane production
ended in 1996.
- Aquaculture (1996): There are 44 operations with a production value of
Major Attractions: Waikiki, Diamond Head crater, the Arizona Memorial,
the world-class winter surf on the North Shore, the Pali Lookout, and
Hanauma Bay. Click here for a complete list of O'ahu attractions.
O'ahu is the center of business and government for the State of Hawai'i.
Downtown Honolulu is Hawai'i's financial center.
As of 1998 O'ahu had 6 banks with 127 branches. Other financial services
include savings and loan associations and credit unions.
Print and broadcast media:
Honolulu has two daily English-language newspapers: The Honolulu
Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, as well as several
non-English papers. In 1997 there were 17 AM and 14 FM commercial radio
stations, 9 commercial TV stations, 1 public TV station and 2 cable TV
companies with 256,436 subscribers. For more local media links, click
The majority of military personnel and dependents stationed in Hawai'i
reside on O'ahu, which is home to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the
unified military command for the Pacific (CINCPAC).
In 1998 there were 2,420 doctors, 804 dentists, 7,258 nurses and 605
pharmacists on O'ahu. Major hospitals include Castle Medical Center;
Kaiser Permanente; Kapi'olani Medical Center; Kuakini Medical Center;
St. Francis Medical Center; Wahiawa General Hospital; The Queens Medical
Center; Straub Clinic and Hospital; and Hawai'i State Hospital (mental
Higher education facilities include the University of Hawai'i at Manoa,
Brigham Young University-Hawai'i, Chaminade University and Hawai'i
Pacific University. There are four community colleges.
Science and technology:
Research facilities at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa include the
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii
Institute for Geophysics, the Pacific Biomedical Research Center and the
Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center.
O'ahu is the third largest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, and also
the most densely populated. Nearly 75 percent of the state's 1.2 million
residents live on the island.
The capital city of Honolulu, on the southern coast of the island, is
the hub of commerce for the entire state. Most food and manufactured
goods are shipped to Hawai'i through Honolulu Harbor and then
distributed to the neighbor islands.
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