Punalu'u, Hawai'i

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Punaluʻu (pronounced [punəluʔu]) is a census-designated place and rural community in the Koʻolauloa District on the Island of Oʻahu, City & County of Honolulu. In Hawaiian, punaluʻu means "coral dived for", or in the case of the fishpond once located here, possibly "spring dived for". There is a very small commercial center located beside Punaluʻu Stream, and several condominium projects, including a high rise building, located at Haleaha Beach and Kaluanui Beach. As of the 2000 Census, the CDP had a total population of 881.

A fringing reef extends off the shoreline. There are several beaches and a beach park in Punaluʻu, including Punaluʻu Beach Park, Punaluʻu Beach, Haleaha Beach, and Kaluanui Beach. Sugar cane was once grown on the narrow coastal plain inland from the highway.

Punaluu Beach is a black sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii and contains a year-round population of green sea turtles. There are also several brackish marshy ponds which are home to several wetland bird species.

The U.S. postal code for Punaluʻu is 96717.


Punaluu is located at 21°35'33" North, 157°53'49" West (21.592600, -157.896989)[1]. The town is north of Kahana Bay and Kaʻaʻawa and south of Hauʻula along Kamehameha Highway (State Rte. 83). Kaluanui Stream and Sacred Falls is located between Punaluʻu and Hauʻula.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 881 people, 305 households, and 196 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,106.0 people per square mile (425.2/km²). There were 439 housing units at an average density of 551.1/sq mi (211.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 32.69% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 10.22% Asian, 24.06% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 32.01% from two or more races. 6.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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