The gang at the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism are at it again.

DBEDT’s latest “fun facts” involve ethnicity — specifically, the numbers for various groups in the island counties and schools.

Among the highlights:

• Few Koreans, ChineseSamoans and Tongans live on the neighbor islands, comparatively speaking. They are instead heavily concentrated on Oahu, where about 960,000 of the state’s 1.4 million people reside.

• Sizable populations of whites, Japanese, Filipinos and Hawaiians or part-Hawaiians — the largest groups in the state — can be found in all four counties: Oahu, Maui (which includes Lanai and Molokai), Kauai (Niihau was not included in this count) and Hawaii. Lots of people reporting mixed ancestry, too.

• Twenty-two percent of public school students are Filipino while nearly 28 percent are Native Hawaiian. White and Japanese students comprise much smaller percentages of the student population, suggesting that many attend private schools.

• The percentage of Micronesian students (3.2 percent) is beginning to approach the percentage of Chinese and Samoan students.

• Whites and Japanese represent nearly half of all public school teachers.



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