Hawaiian County Summary Information and County Seats

County

County seat

Established

Etymology

Island(s)

Population

Area

City and County of Honolulu

Honolulu

1905

Sheltered bay or "place of shelter" in Hawaiian language, Named after Honolulu, the capital and largest city of the state.

Oahu and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (except Midway Atoll.)

953,207

597 sq mi
(1,546 km2)

Hawaii County

Hilo

1905

Island of Hawaii, with which the county is coterminous; said to be named for Hawaiiloa, a legendary Polynesian navigator.

Hawaii

185,079

4,028 sq mi
(10,432 km2)

Kalawao County

 

1905

The village of Kalawao on Molokai

The Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai

90

5.2 sq mi
(13 km2)

Kauai County

Lihue

1905

Kauai, the largest of the islands in the county; name possibly derived from Kauai, the eldest son of Hawaiiloa.

Kauai, Niihau, Lehua, and Kaula

67,091

622 sq mi
(1,611 km2)

Maui County

Wailuku

1905

Maui, the largest of the islands in the county; named for Maui, a demigod from native mythology.

Maui, Kahoolawe, Lānai, Molokai (except the Kalaupapa Peninsula), and Molokini

154,834

1,120 sq mi
(2,901 km2)

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