Laupāhoehoe, Hawai'i

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Laupāhoehoe is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaiʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 795 at the 2000 census.



On April 1, 1946 the Big Island of Hawaii was struck by the so-called "April Fools Day tsunami", originating from the Aleutian Islands earthquake. Approximately 160 people on the island were killed. While the greatest number of deaths occurred in Hilo, the school building at Laupāhoehoe was inundated, and twenty students and four teachers were drowned. A monument to the dead now stands on Laupāhoehoe Point. The community's name means "leaf-lava" and is named for the leaf-shaped lava that lines many of its beaches.


Laupāhoehoe is located at 19°59′5″N 155°14′10″W / 19.98472°N 155.23611°W / 19.98472; -155.23611 (19.983296, -155.235889).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (8.41%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 795 people, 287 households, and 142 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 227.9 people per square mile (87.8/km²). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 94.4/sq mi (36.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 30.23% White, 0.63% African American, 0.42% Native American, 28.33% Asian, 6.13% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 33.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.15% of the population.

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