Kaumakani, Hawaii

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Kaumakani (literally, "place in the wind" in Hawaiian [1]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 607 at the 2000 census.



Kaumakani was officially known as Makaweli (which means "fearful features" in the Hawaiian Language[2]) for over forty years; Makaweli was an ancient land division (ahupuaʻa).[3] In 1914, the Board on Geographic Names ruled that the community was to be named Makaweli, and only in 1956 did it name the CDP Kaumakani.[4] Kaumakani has its own post office, with the ZIP code of 96747.[5] In 2008, a small settlement to the west at 21°55′59″N 159°38′51″W / 21.93306°N 159.6475°W / 21.93306; -159.6475 (Pakala Village) known as Pakala Village was designated its own CDP,[6] and has its own post office with code 96769.[7].[8] Makaweli Landing at Pākala was called Robinson's Landing, since the famly of Aubrey Robinson ran a private ferry to their island of Niʻihau.[9] Pākala means "the sun shines" in Hawaiian.[10]


Kaumakani is located on the southern shore of Kauaʻi island at 21°55′13″N 159°37′27″W / 21.92028°N 159.62417°W / 21.92028; -159.62417 (21.920292, -159.624281)[11]. The main road is Kaumualiʻi Highway, Route 50.

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