The 2020 Death Record data is now available in Hawaii-IBIS. Death record data are composed of variables extracted from death certificates based on deaths that occur in the State of Hawai’i as captured by the Hawai’i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring (OHSM). Death certificates contain important information about the person who died and the date, time, location and cause of death. Cause(s) of death are determined by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, medical examiner or coroner, and are coded and processed in accordance with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10).
The population estimates used for population-based death rates come from the U.S. Census. Currently HHDW has loaded the Vintage 2020 estimates, which are based on the 2010 Census since the 2020 results haven’t been released. Once the 2020 Census results are available, the population estimate file will be updated. Note that death rates may differ slightly once the population estimates are updated later this year.
Below are some highlights from 2020:
- There were 12,027 deaths in 2020 with 11,780 of those deaths among residents (98%).
- The crude death rate was 837.2 per 100,000 in 2020. This was a significant increase from 797.5 per 100,000 in 2019.
- The age-adjusted death rate was 573.9 per 100,000 in 2020 and ranged from 532.8 per 100,000 in Kauai County to 614.0 per 100,000 in Hawai‘i County and from 448.9 per 100,000 among women to 715.1 per 100,000 among men.
- Major cardiovascular diseases (3,698 deaths) were the leading cause of death, followed by malignant neoplasms (2,478 deaths) and unintentional injuries (673 deaths).
- There were 322 deaths from COVID-19 in 2020 with 49% of those among persons aged 75+. The age-adjusted COVID-19 death rate was 15.5 per 100,000 in 2020 and the rate was twice as high among men as among women (22.0 and 10.1 per 100,000 respectively).
- There were 184 deaths from suicide in 2020. The age-adjusted suicide death rate was 12.2 per 100,000 in 2020. The age-adjusted suicide rate was over twice as high among men as women (17.1 and 7.4 per 100,000 respectively). Comparison of the 3-year rolling averages for suicide death rate reveals no change in deaths over time.