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Laupahoehoe

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Laupāhoehoe is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, in the District of North Hilo. The population was 581 at the 2010 census, up from 473 at the 2000 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.HistoryOn 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.GeographyLaupāhoehoe is located on the northeast side of the island of Hawaii, at . Hawaii Route 19 passes through the community, leading southeast to Hilo and west to Waimea. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.2km2, of which 5.5km2 are land and 0.7km2, or 10.66%, are water.
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