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Kaunakakai

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Kaunakakai is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. It is the largest town on the island of Molokai. The population was 3,425 at the 2010 census. It is "twinned" with Embo in Scotland. The town was made famous in the 1930s by the song "The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai", beginning an ongoing tradition of designating an honorary mayor for the town.HistoryIn the mid-1800s, King Kamehameha V sometimes spent his summers on Molokai at a home in Kaunakakai. The main street of Kaunakakai, Ala Malama Avenue, was named after the king's summer home.GeographyKaunakakai is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 42.6km2, of which 33.2km2 is land and 9.4km2, or 22.00%, is water.DemographicsAs of the census of 2000, there were 2,726 people, 867 households, and 645 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,342.7 people per square mile (518.5/km²). There were 962 housing units at an average density of 473.8 per square mile (183.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 8.6% Euro American, 5.6% Black, 0.2% Native American, 28.8% Asian, 30.7% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 31.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.
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