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HILO » A report from the state shows Hawaii has the highest proportion of non-English speakers among other states in the nation.

Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism compiled the report in April using data from the U.S. Census Bureau collected between 2010 and 2014, the most recent figures available, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

The report said that about 25 percent of Hawaiians speak languages other than English at home, compared to about 20 percent of U.S. residents.

National statistics show Spanish is the most common secondary language spoken in households across the country. In Hawaii, the most common languages spoken at home other than English are the Philippine languages of Ilocano and Tagalog.

Hawaii’s Ilocano-speaking population has tripled since 1980, while the number of people who speak Japanese in the state has gone down during that time period. Japanese is the fourth most popular language spoken in Hawaii homes.

In Hawaii, Honolulu County had the highest percentage of non-English speakers at 28 percent and Hawaii County had the lowest at 19 percent, according to the report.

Hawaii County also had the most speakers of Hawaiian, with nearly 16 percent of the county’s population speaking the language. Hawaiian is not among Honolulu County’s top five most-spoken languages. In Maui and Kauai County, people who speak Hawaiian account for 7.3 percent of the non-English speaker population.

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  • Most of these “non-English” speaking are Micronesian. I thought that the deal that was worked out with the U.S. government was that they could travel with one of their immediate family, get medical treatment that was not available in their country, and go back to their country of origin. Guess that’s not happenin’ Huh?

    • Hilary is probably shedding a tear of joy from all the diversity. Her goal is to turn the US into a communist run 3rd world country at the expense of the smartest and most skilled by taxing them to death and distributing their wealth. Just look at the millions of illegals that are being given a drivers license in California. This isn’t even including the average family of illegals getting around $5,100 every month from the state in Section 8 housing, welfare, food stamps, WIC, MediCAL, child credits, etc. Absolute, insanity!

  • This is why Hawaii has a low murder and crime rate and is known as the Aloha State. Others are trying to follow our successful lead. Especially the southern states. Diversity and respect.

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