Pūpūkea, Hawaii

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Pūpūkea is a community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Koʻolauloa District on the Island of Oʻahu, City & County of Honolulu. In Hawaiian, pūpūkea means "white shell". As of the 2000 Census, the CDP had a total population of 4,250. The Koʻolauloa District ends at Waimea Bay, with the Waialua District extending south and westward.

Pūpūkea is a popular area on Oʻahu's North Shore for living and for visiting. The best known surfing sites of Velzyland, Sunset (at Sunset Beach Park), Kammieland, Pūpūkea, ʻEhukai, Pipeline (these latter two off adjacent ʻEhukai Beach Park and Banzai Beach) and lesser breaks are arrayed off this shore. Popular diving areas known as Three Tables and Sharks Cove are located at Pūpūkea Beach Park. And, at the southwest end of Pūpūkea is Waimea Bay, with one of the most popular beaches on the island forming the shore at Waimea Beach Park.

Popular residential areas here include the beach lots at Sunset Beach and the uplands of Pūpūkea. The biggest drawback to living in this part of the Island is the considerable driving distance to Honolulu.

The U.S. postal code for Pūpūkea and the communities of Waialeʻe, Sunset Beach, Lihilani, Waimea, and Kawailoa is 96712.



Pūpūkea is located at 21°40'11" North, 158°2'58" West (21.669740, -158.049349)[1], along Kamehameha Highway (State Rte. 83) west to southwest from Kawela Bay and northeast from Haleʻiwa.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.8 km²), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is water. The total area is 44.17% water, a figure that can only be interpreted as that portion of the Pacific Ocean (possibly with Waimea Bay) included in the census tract.


As of the 2000 Census, there were 4,250 people, 1,455 households, and 937 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,250.5 people per square mile (482.6/km²). There were 1,690 housing units at an average density of 497.2/sq mi (191.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 55.95% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 14.56% Asian, 6.52% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 20.89% from two or more races. 8.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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