Pūpūkea is a community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Koʻolauloa District on the island of Oʻahu, City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, pūpūkea means “white shell”. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a population of 4,551. The Koʻolauloa District ends at Waimea Bay, with the Waialua District extending south and westward.
Pūpūkea is located at 21°40’11” North, 158°2’58” West (21.669740, -158.049349), along Kamehameha Highway (State Rte. 83) west to southwest from Kawela Bay and northeast from Haleʻiwa.
Due to its geographic location, this area gets three times the amount of rain per year Honolulu receives. It rains on average on 247 days a year with 54.7 inches of rainfall here, whereas it only rains on 89 days with 17.1 inches of rainfall annually in Honolulu.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km) is water. The total area is 44.17% water, consisting of that portion of the Pacific Ocean (possibly with Waimea Bay) included in the CDP.
As of the 2000 Census, there were 4,250 people, 1,455 households, and 937 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,250.5 people per square mile (482.6/km²). There were 1,690 housing units at an average density of 497.2 per square mile (191.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 55.95% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 14.56% Asian, 6.52% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 20.89% from two or more races. 8.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,455 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 114.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $56,146, and the median income for a family was $62,375. Males had a median income of $41,015 versus $32,332 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,682. 15.2% of the population and 11.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.8% of those under the age of 18 and 6.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.