Welcome to Laupahoehoe
Laupahoehoe, meaning ‘leaf of pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava),’ is aptly named for its landmark point, a flat lava peninsula formed by a late-stage Mauna Kea eruption. This small town had its heyday when sugar was king, but it remains a solid community with a pleasant beach park and a handful of attractions.
On April 1, 1946, tragedy hit the small plantation town when a 30ft-high tsunami wiped out the schoolhouse on the point, killing 20 children and four adults. After the tsunami the whole town moved uphill.