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Fast Facts on Hawaii Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 31 29 26
Religion 0 4 1
Sexual Orientation 5 3 2
Disability 0 0 3
Gender 0 0 0
Gender Identity 0 0 1
Total: 36 36 33

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 35 97.2%
Crimes Against Property 1 2.8%
Crimes Against Society 0 0.0%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 26 78.8%
Religion 1 3.0%
Sexual Orientation 2 6.0%
Disability 3 9.1%
Gender 0 0.0%
Gender Identity 1 3.0%


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  

Case Examples

A judge sentenced two Hawaiian men to more than four years in prison for their racially motivated attacks on a white man who was moving into Kahakuloa Village. 

At trial, evidence showed the victim was harassed and threatened by other residents of Kahakuloa Village. On February 13, 2014, while unpacking in his new home, the defendants stormed onto his property and demanded that he pack his things and leave. When the victim declined, one of the defendants threatened the victim and hit him in the head with a shovel. Later, as the victim began packing up his possessions to leave, the defendants attacked him a second time.

During the second attack, the defendants hit the victim in the head again, and the victim became unconscious. When he came to, the attackers were kicking him in the side—kicks that broke two of his ribs. During the second attack, one of the defendants said, “no white man is ever going to live here.”

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Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Updated November 16, 2023