Pacific Islands Americans, also known as Oceanian Americans, are Americans who have ethnic ancestry of indigenous inhabitants of Oceania. The term Pacific Islander refers to those who have ancestry in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, which are ... all the three major sub-regions of Oceania. American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam are insular areas, while Hawaii is a state.
Pacific Islander Americans make up 0.5% of the U.S. population including those with partial Pacific Islander ancestry, enumerating about 1.4 million people. The largest ethnic subgroups of Pacific Islander Americans are Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Guamanian/Chamorros and Tongans. Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Tongans, and Chamorros have large communities in Hawaii, California, and Utah and sizable communities in Washington, Texas, Nevada, Oregon, and other states to a lesser extent.