Broadband Internet in Hawaii

Internet Access in Hawaii

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Coverage by County

92.3%
51.3%

77.1

27th

Broadband Speeds

97.4%

of Hawaiians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

55.7%

of Hawaiians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.8%

of Hawaiians have access to wireline service

56.1%

of Hawaiians have access to fiber-optic service

96.0%

of Hawaiians have access to cable service

94.5%

of Hawaiians have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Hawaii

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Hawaii 92.0%
Honolulu 99.1%
Kalawao 5.6%
Kauai 92.7%
Maui 95.9%

Internet Speed in Top Hawaii Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Honolulu 77.9 MBPS 16 Providers
2. Waipahu 55.4 MBPS 13 Providers
3. Ewa Beach 68.6 MBPS 9 Providers
4. Kaneohe 93.8 MBPS 12 Providers
5. Mililani 89.8 MBPS 12 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Hawaii

Provider Avg. download speed
Spectrum 87.8 MBPS
Hawaiian Telcom 63.8 MBPS
Windstream 40.7 MBPS
Sandwich Isles Communications 9.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Hawaii, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

Despite its distant location, Hawaii hovers right in the middle ground in comparison to other states’ internet connectivity, ranking 27th on the USA’s state broadband access meter. With average statewide download speeds of 102.6 Mbps, Hawaii’s residents have fairly even access to high-speed internet coverage, though the best coverage is found on the island of Honolulu. Over half (51.8%) of Hawaiians have access to fiber-optic internet services, which is more than double the national average.

The Digital Divide in Hawaii

While far removed from the mainland, the islands of Hawaii experience relatively accessible internet services, both in terms of availability and affordability. Still, there exists a digital divide between Hawaiians who have access to high-speed, low-priced internet and those for whom such technological services are still out of reach.

For example, even with 43 internet providers in Hawaii, there remain 22,000 residents who do not have any wired internet providers offering service at their address and another 91,000 have only one wired provider available at their residence. While a 96.9% majority of the population has access to a wired broadband service with download speeds of 25mbps or faster, 44,000 people living on the islands do not have a wired connection capable of such speeds.

At 51.3%, over half of Hawaii’s population has access to what is considered a ‘low-priced’ ($60 per month or less) internet plan, according to the latest affordability data. This figure is just shy of the national average of 51.5% of consumers who have the same available to them.

Best-Connected Cities

When it comes to broadband availability, speed, and price, the top five most well-connected cities in Hawaii are Honolulu, Wailuku, Haleiwa, Kaneohe, and Kaaawa, with the former ranking as the best in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other end of the spectrum, the worst-connected cities in Hawaii are Ninole, Makaweli, Kaumakani, Papaaloa, and Hoolehua, with the lowest-ranking listed last.

See how Hawaii stacks up against other states throughout the rest of the country here.

Governmental Initiatives

From 2010 to 2015, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) in Hawaii was awarded over $4.3 million in federal grants to fund the Hawaii Broadband Mapping Project, which aimed to collect and map data on the state’s broadband landscape. In 2012, the DCCA created a state Broadband Strategic Plan to further expand and improve Hawaii’s connectivity.

Nearly $34 million more in federal infrastructure grants have also gone toward expanding broadband infrastructure throughout the islands.

The above data is pulled from both public and private datasets. Learn more about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Hawaii Cities

Average speed over time
Aiea 99.7%
12 providers
Anahola 74.8%
8 providers
Captain Cook 96.9%
10 providers
Eleele 90.4%
8 providers
Ewa Beach 98.9%
9 providers
Haiku 94.0%
10 providers
Hakalau 62.8%
9 providers
Haleiwa 99.6%
9 providers
Hana 84.0%
7 providers
Hanalei 4.5%
8 providers
Hanapepe 94.3%
8 providers
Hauula 99.7%
9 providers
Hawi 89.9%
7 providers
Hilo 97.4%
10 providers
Holualoa 95.0%
8 providers
Honaunau 98.2%
9 providers
Honokaa 87.7%
7 providers
Honolulu 99.2%
16 providers
Honomu 91.3%
9 providers
Hoolehua 14.5%
9 providers
J B P H H 100.0%
9 providers
Kaaawa 100.0%
8 providers
Kahuku 89.5%
9 providers
Kahului 99.9%
12 providers
Kailua 99.9%
11 providers
Kailua Kona 99.4%
13 providers
Kalaheo 98.7%
7 providers
Kamuela 95.2%
12 providers
Kaneohe 99.8%
12 providers
Kapaa 99.7%
7 providers
Kapaau 85.3%
9 providers
Kapolei 99.5%
13 providers
Kaumakani 0.0%
7 providers
Kaunakakai 57.0%
9 providers
Keaau 90.9%
10 providers
Kealakekua 96.2%
9 providers
Kekaha 95.7%
8 providers
Kihei 99.3%
11 providers
Kilauea 97.2%
7 providers
Koloa 97.6%
9 providers
Kualapuu 67.4%
8 providers
Kula 96.6%
12 providers
Kurtistown 70.8%
8 providers
Lahaina 97.7%
11 providers
Laie 99.1%
9 providers
Lanai City 91.0%
9 providers
Lawai 69.4%
7 providers
Lihue 98.3%
9 providers
M C B H Kaneohe Bay 100.0%
7 providers
Makawao 99.4%
10 providers
Maunaloa 27.6%
7 providers
Mililani 99.5%
12 providers
Mountain View 84.7%
8 providers
Naalehu 80.6%
8 providers
Ocean View 75.9%
9 providers
Paauilo 36.6%
8 providers
Pahala 93.5%
6 providers
Pahoa 79.9%
9 providers
Paia 99.5%
9 providers
Pearl City 99.5%
11 providers
Pepeekeo 91.4%
9 providers
Princeville 93.3%
8 providers
Volcano 95.1%
8 providers
Wahiawa 94.2%
11 providers
Waialua 98.4%
9 providers
Waianae 99.2%
11 providers
Waikoloa 97.6%
9 providers
Wailuku 99.2%
14 providers
Waimanalo 99.5%
10 providers
Waimea 94.3%
8 providers
Waipahu 99.4%
13 providers