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Laupahoehoe, Hawaii
Tsunami memorial at Laupahoehoe Point
Tsunami memorial at Laupahoehoe Point
Location in Hawaii County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Hawaii County and the state of Hawaii
Country United States
State Hawaii
County Hawaii
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total 581
 • Density 276.7/sq mi (107.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 808
FIPS code 15-44150
GNIS feature ID 0361749

Laupāhoehoe is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States located in the District of North Hilo. The population was 581 at the 2010 census. The community's name means "lava tip" and refers to the angular lava tip or cape formed by ancient pāhoehoe (smooth lava) flows which created the cape on which the community was built.


Laupahoehoe Point, Big Island, Hawaii in March
Laupahoehoe Point, Big Island, Hawaii. Viewing the Point from the highway near the signage shown below.
Laupahoehoe Point, Big Island, Hawaii
Road signage overlooking Laupahoehoe Point.
Concrete reinforcements at Laupahoehoe, Big Island, Hawaii
Concrete reinforcements at Laupahoehoe, Big Island, Hawaii.

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.


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).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (8.41%) is water.


As of the census of 2010, there were 581 people in 214 households residing in the CDP. The population density was 276.7 people per square mile (107.6/km²). There were 243 housing units at an average density of 115.7 per square mile (45.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 36.49% White, 0.34% African American, 0.17% American Indian & Alaska Native, 24.44% Asian, 4.82% Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 32.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.59% of the population.

There were 214 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The average household size was 2.71.

In the Laupahoehoe CDP the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 12.9% from 25 to 34, 15.1% from 35 to 49, 26.0% from 50 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 105.3 males. For every 100 males there were 95.0 females.

The median income for a household in the CDP at the 2000 census was $29,250, and the median income for a family in 2000 was $30,000. Males had a median income in 2000 of $21,667 versus $21,607 for females. The per capita income for the CDP in 2000 was $11,896. About 28.4% of families and 25.2% of the population were below the poverty line in 2000, including 41.1% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

On Laupahoehoe Point, Big Island, Hawaii
The breakwater and boat launch at Laupahoehoe, Hawaii.
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