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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.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 at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3sqmi, of which, 2.1sqmi of it is land and 0.2sqmi of it is water.DemographicsAs 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.
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