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Laupahoehoe , which means "lava-leaf," is located on the wet "leeward" side of The Big Island, approximately 27 miles from the Hilo Airport. This area has some of the most beautiful and rugged coastal scenery in the world, but was the site of disaster in 1946 when it was struck by a tsunami, killing 20 students and 4 teachers. Laupahoehoe Point Park offers spectacular views from its' green cliffs with waterfalls cascading into the ocean - and very often - rainbows can be viewed from the Point. It's a nice place for a picnic or playing Frisbee and is a favorite camping ground, but it's not a good place for swimming. The Laupahoehoe Train Museum is located here and features railroad artifacts and memorabilia from the time when trains transported sugar from the fields of the Hamakua Coast. The museum grounds are covered with flowers and tropical fruit trees and makes a nice spot for a picnic. Other attractions near Laupahoehoe include the historic plantation town of Papaaloa, the 45-mile scenic Hamakua Coast drive, Akaka Falls and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Nearby Old Town Hilo offers farmer's markets, unique shopping and fine restaurants.

Surrounding areas: Papaaloa, Hawaii (5.3 mi), Ninole, Hawaii (7.3 mi), Akaka Falls, Hawaii (9.9 mi), Pepeekeo, Hawaii (13.2 mi), Papaikou, Hawaii (15.9 mi), Honokaa, Hawaii (16.1 mi), Hilo, Hawaii (21.4 mi)

Laupahoehoe Vacation Rentals

Laupahoehoe Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Volcano HouseHawaii Volcanos National ParkHilo, HI19.8 mi.(808) 967-7321
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel71 Banyan DrHilo, HI20.4 mi.(808) 935-9361
Bed & Breakfast
Shipman House Bed & Breakfast131 Kaiulani StHilo, HI19.8 mi.(808) 934-8002

Laupahoehoe Weather & Climate

The east coast of The Big Island is one of the wettest regions in Hawaii with over 130 inches of rainfall each year. Due to the amount of precipitation, tropical rainforest and steep forested mountains also make it one of the most beautiful. The area right along the coast has temperatures that vary little because the thousands of miles of ocean surrounding the island moderates both air and water temperatures. However, the higher in elevation you go, the more extreme the temperatures. This means it can be 80 degrees at the beach and only 50 at the mountain summits. Due to moisture laden oceanic tradewinds, expect rainfall almost every day on the windward east coast, although showers generally occur in the evening hours and are short, especially during the summer months. Occasionally hurricanes reach Hawaii, although they are less frequent on the islands than in the South Pacific.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 76°F 64°F 12.30 in. 72°F
February 76°F 64°F 9.03 in. 72°F
March 76°F 64°F 15.68 in. 71°F
April 76°F 65°F 15.60 in. 72°F
May 77°F 66°F 7.64 in. 72°F
June 79°F 68°F 5.94 in. 74°F
July 80°F 69°F 9.44 in. 74°F
August 81°F 69°F 8.70 in. 75°F
September 81°F 70°F 6.10 in. 75°F
October 80°F 69°F 7.22 in. 75°F
November 79°F 68°F 13.64 in. 74°F
December 77°F 65°F 10.29 in. 73°F

Laupahoehoe Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hilo International airport (ITO) located about 21 miles southeast of Laupahoehoe in Hilo, Hawaii, the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located approximately 27 miles west of Laupahoehoe in Kamuela, Hawaii, and finally the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located roughly 54 miles west of Laupahoehoe in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii.

Laupahoehoe Attractions

State Parks
ĎAkaka Falls State ParkHI10.6 mi. 
Wailoa River State ParkHI20.7 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI24.1 mi. 
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI37.7 mi. 

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