Native Hawaiians increase numbers by one-fifth

By Mark Niesse

Associated Press

POSTED: 04:17 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2011

The population of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii jumped by more than one-fifth over the last decade, continuing a resurgence in the once-dwindling numbers of indigenous people in the state, according to new U.S. Census information.

People who identified themselves as Native Hawaiians alone or in combination with other races increased by 21 percent to a total of 289,970 in the state, Census data show. The total number of Native Hawaiians in the nation won’t be released until after counts for all 50 states are made public this summer.

Native Hawaiian families are having more children, and more of Hawaiians embraced their race when filling out government Census forms, said Malia Kaaihue, chief knowledge officer for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

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