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SLIDESHOW UPDATE: Crusin’ with Tita Nui: Laupāhoehoe

Posted September 16, 2016, 09:30 AM HST Updated November 15, 2016, 03:00 PM HST
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    While the scenic overlook on the highway gives you a beautiful view of Laupāhoehoe Point, it is worth the drive down to take a closer look and get a better feel of the area.

    It’s a perfect location for anyone wanting to escape the bustle and noise of more popular and crowded beach parks on the island.

    Exercise caution while descending the narrow, curvy paved road that leads down to the “point” as it is known to the area locals.

    The drive down will leave you in awe as you see the gorgeous views of the spectacular sea cliffs and homes that are perched upon them.

    Tragedy struck this little community when the 1946 April Fool’s Day tsunami killed 19 schoolchildren and five adults. You can find a memorial monument with engraved names and ages of the victims tucked in a little corner of the park.

    Today, Laupāhoehoe is a beautiful grassy park lined with tall coconut trees and other lush vegetation.

    The azure color of the ocean is nearly indescribable—especially on a beautiful sunny day.

    This spot makes a perfect backdrop for pictures or just somewhere to relax and unwind.

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    The ocean, while beautiful to look at, can be very dangerous for swimming. Standing on the rocky peninsula, one can easily see how dangerous the waves are as they roll in and crash down on to the shore.

    Sticking to exploring the tidepools near the shoreline is recommended instead.

    After your visit to the point, make some time to stop by the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum, which honors the old Hawaii Consolidated Railway that transported passengers and their goods along the Hamakua Coastline.

    Laupāhoehoe has a population of barely 600 people, based on the 2010 US Census.

    The area has a rich history tied to the Hawai‘i sugarcane industry. Sugarcane fields have now been replaced with forest of eucalyptus trees..

    It may appear as just a tiny pinpoint on the map, however Laupāhoehoe is a beautifully peaceful historical location, just waiting to be explored.

    Narrow, windy road leading down to Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Narrow, windy road leading down to Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    View of cliffs and homes perched above Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    View of cliffs and homes perched above Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Grassy area and pavillion, Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Grassy area and pavillion, Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Grassy area and pavillion, Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Grassy area and pavillion, Laupāhoehoe Point. Photo: Darde Gamayo

     

    1946 tsunami monument. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    1946 tsunami monument, Laupāhoehoe. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Close up of 1946 tsunami monument. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Close up of 1946 tsunami monument, Laupāhoehoe. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    View of Laupahoehoe from above. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    View of Laupāhoehoe from above. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Waves crashing on to rocky shoreline at Laupahoehoe. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Waves crashing on to rocky shoreline at Laupāhoehoe. Photo: Darde Gamayo

    Darde Gamayo
    Darde Gamayo wen graduate from Honoka'a High & Intermediate in 1986. Her also known as “Tita Nui,” cause her one tita en her is nui. Her is da winna of da 2009 Ms. Aloha Nui Contess. Which is wat wen help her get her da job on da numba 1 rayjo station on dis island, KAPA Rayjo! Her is da weeken mid day DJ. You can catch her on KAPA from 6 p.m. to midnight Mondayz true Fridayz. Her is one blhog writah fo da BigIslandNow.com. Her write bout all kine stuffez, like how da mongoose wen come hea, wat collah da sand on da beach, pineapple in yo food and wat eva kine stuff her tink of. Her get choken udda stuff her like fo do like, write, read, go fishin' and her love to cook too... And wen you look at her you no she like fo eat, too! Her stay livin in Waipi‘o Valley with her honey, Darren, and the rest of their ‘ohana.
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