Kekaha, Hawaii

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Kekaha (literally, "the place" in Hawaiian[1]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 3,175 at the 2000 census.

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History

For most of the 20th Century, the Kekaha Sugar Mill was the centerpiece of agriculture on Kauaʻi's west side. The sugar mill had a major influence in Kekaha's development, including banking, employment, transportation, housing and utilities such as water and electricity. The mill employed several generations of local families. It closed in 2000 when the entire sugar industry in Hawaiʻi collapsed. The mill was purchased in 2005 by mainland investors who sold off its heavy machinery to other mills as far away as Africa.

Hawaiʻi's first (and only) train robbery occurred here in February 1920, when a masked gunman stopped a slow-moving sugar train and escaped with the locomotive and $11,000 taken from the labor paymaster on board. Police recovered the money in a swamp near the home of a local fisherman, whose suspicious behavior soon resulted in his arrest and conviction. The fisherman was a big fan of Western movies, and was thought to have been inspired by some of the films he had seen.

Geography

Kekaha is located at 21°58′18″N 159°42′59″W / 21.97167°N 159.71639°W / 21.97167; -159.71639 (21.971690, -159.716290)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (18.03%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,175 people, 1,073 households, and 799 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,178.2 people per square mile (1,225.9/km²). There were 1,162 housing units at an average density of 1,163.2/sq mi (448.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 15.94% White, 0.19% African American, 0.50% Native American, 43.59% Asian, 12.38% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 26.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.66% of the population.

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