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Off the News

For Friday, June 17, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:59 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2011

Population in paradise

If you're one to stay far from the madding crowd, best avoid Hobron Lane in Waikiki as a place to live.

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that at 87,816 people per square mile, Hobron is the state's most densely populated tract. Not surprisingly, due to their many high-rises, two other Waikiki spots also made the top 5: No. 2 Tusitala Street and No. 4 Ena Road.

If being together with ohana is important, however, Niihau-Kaula is the place for you: At 6.3 people per household, that's far above the statewide average of 2.89 people per household.

On Oahu, two Kalihi areas made the state's per-household top 5: Gulick Avenue-Likelike is second with 5.09 people per household, and Kalihi Waena is No. 5 with 4.93 people per household.

Sunshine on my shoulder

Exposure to the sun is the main cause of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, and Hawaii residents seem to know how to avoid or filter it: Sunny Hawaii has the lowest rate among all states of deaths caused by melanoma, 1.5 per 100,000.

Those are for 2007, the most recent compilation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The deadliest state is Oklahoma, where 3.9 per 100,000 die from melanoma.

The disease can be caused by heredity or excessive X-ray exposure, but ultraviolent exposure is the main devil, and a CDC colored map indicates Hawaii has more UV than any other state.

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