Demographics / Mission Strategy / Current Needs
The State of Hawai’i is ranked 43rd in the nation in land area — 10,931 sq. miles — and 40th in the nation for population — about 1,400,000 people. The seven major islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago are Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, Oahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui, and the Island of Hawai’i — also called the Big Island.
The Big Island — where we live — is almost twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands put together — 4,028 sq. miles — and has a population of about 186,000 people, or about 13.38% of the State’s total population.
Hawai’i is demographically unique because it has the highest percentage of Asian Americans and Multiracial Americans, as well as the lowest percentage of White Americans of any state. Hawai’i’s Asian population mainly consists of 198,000 (14.6%) Filipino Americans and 185,000 (13.6%) Japanese Americans. In addition, there are roughly 55,000 (4.0%) Chinese Americans and 24,000 (1.8%) Korean Americans. Multiracial Americans form almost one-quarter of Hawaii’s population, exceeding 320,000 people. The Non-Hispanic White population numbers at 310,000 and forms just over 20% of the population. Over 120,000 (8.8%) Latino Americans make Hawaii their home. Mexicans number over 35,000 (2.6%); Puerto Ricans exceed 44,000 (3.2%). Indigenous Hawaiians number over 80,000, which is 5.9% of the population. Samoan Americans make up 2.8% of Hawaii’s population.
A Pew (2013) poll found that the religious composition of the State of Hawai’i was as follows:
- 44.0% – Protestantism
- 22.0% – Catholicism
- 6.0% – Buddhism
- 5.0% – Mormonism
- 1.0% – Hinduism
- 0.5% – Judaism
- 0.5% – Islam
- 17.0% – Irreligion (including agnostics, atheists and deists)
Most polls place the State of Hawai’i at “number one” as the most expensive state in the nation in which to live. According to Scott Cohn (2013) at CNBC, the average price for a home in the Honolulu Metropolitan Area is more than $700,000; and according to the Hawai’i Real Estate Market Report (Prudential, 2014), the statewide, median price for single family homes in Hawai’i is currently $565,000. Typical three-bedroom, ranch style rental homes — 1,500 sq. ft. — in the Kailua Kona area here on the Big Island currently list at about $2,000 per month. Smaller apartments can be had for between $1,200 and $1,500 per month. Commercial properties typically lease at close to twice that of residential properties — or about $2,500 per 1,000 sq. ft. Cohn also goes on to report that, a typical monthly energy bill for residential customers in Hawai’i is well over $300 per month. He also notes that we typically pay about $7.00 for a gallon of milk, and gasoline is currently selling at $4.30 per gallon.
Inter-island travel is among the Hawaiian Islands is relatively easy, but expensive, via the airlines — round trip from Kona to Honolulu runs about $300. Most flights from the U.S. Mainland, and to and from the other Pacific Island nations, originate and terminate at Honolulu International Airport on the main island of Oahu. However, there are a growing number of direct flights in and out of Kona International Airport on the Big Island. We typically do not have to travel through Honolulu when traveling to and from the U.S. Mainland.
2.) MISSION STRATEGY:
Evangelism Outreach: While utilizing various types of media outreach, including literature distribution and local newspaper advertising, one of our most successful and cost effective tools for regional evangelism outreach is the internet. Over the past several years, we have been buying web-ads that appear on the Google Search engine when people living in our area search spiritually related topics. These ads direct people to our “World Bible School” and/or “Redeeming Love” websites where they can sign up for online Bible studies.
Follow Up: When our online students request baptism, or personal contact, we attempt to contact a nondenominational church of Christ, local evangelist, or missionary who may be living nearby. When possible, and as funds are available, we travel island-wide, and inter-island, to visit with our students personally and to conduct “spiritual growth workshops” to help them learn how to “be the church” in their location and to continue the ministry of Christ by reaching out to their own family, friends, neighbors, and other who may be interested in Bible study.
3.) CURRENT NEEDS:
We seek to cultivate and sustain a long-term cooperative “Mission Support Network” of caring individuals and mission-minded congregations who will help enable our Hawai’i mission outreach activities.
If the Lord has placed it upon your heart, or that of your group or local church fellowship, to become our financial supporters and help us take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Hawai’i and the nations of the Pacific, you may send your regular (tax deductible) contributions to our sponsoring congregation:
Please note that, at current rates, each gift of $10 will purchase online Google web ads spanning the entire Pacific for one day! So, “Mahalo Nui Loa” (thank you very much) for any and all contributions; and for helping us accomplish the most important mission on planet earth — sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world!
Cohn, S. (2013). The most expensive US states to live in. Retrieved from http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-most-expensive-state-to-live-180732578.html
Pew. (2013). Pew Research Center’s religion & public life project. Retrieved from http://religions.pewforum.org/maps
Prudential Locations. (2014). Statewide Hawaii real estate market report – January 2014. Retrieved from https://www.prudentiallocations.com/news/hawaii-real-estate-market-reports/statewide-hawaii-real-estate-market-report-january-2014.aspx