Data and demographics

Under development…

A key website of interest is the UH Community College Career Explorer developed by UH System Associate VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Peter Quigley. The website allows us to see which jobs in Hawai’i need multilingual talent.

The Department of Education itself provides data on how many students in the State declare the use of a language other than English at home…  18% are foreign born, 25% of the population speak a language other than English at home.

We actually don’t now how many people, what proportion of the state’s population is conventionally bilingual or at least somewhat competent in more than one language. Given the size of the non-English speaking population this might be quite substantial.

US Census Data now tabulates reports from individuals (in Hawaii and on the continent) who report Hawai’i Creole English (Pidgin) as their first language… This data has been collated and analyzed for Hawai’i by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) in their report here (and below).

Non-English Speaking Population in Hawaii

Data concerning migration patterns and statistics will of course be relevant.


High stakes multilingual interaction needs to occur smoothly, or with effective support. Court cases, business negotiations, large purchases (cars, homes), any kind of public safety, medical care, all need to go well if a multilingual state and its population are to be safe, cared for, not exploited and (more positively), citizens who happily and economically-effectively contribute to the general welfare of the state.