100 percent of Hawaii’s population lives in a coastal county. The most populated of the state’s five counties is Honolulu, with approximately 984,200 people, or about 70 percent of the population.
Hawaii’s coastal economy employs 653,000 people annually, earning a total of almost $32.4 billion. This equates to approximately $89 billion in gross domestic product.
Four weather disasters affected Hawaii in 2018—and a total of 10 affected the state between 2010 and 2018.*
Hawaii’s coral reefs provide millions of dollars in protection to buildings and the local economy every year, including over $395 million to Oahu, $377 million to Maui, $50.7 to the Big Island, and $12.7 to Kauai. **