Waiohinu, Hawaii

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Waiohinu, Hawaii
Mark Twain monkeypod tree
Mark Twain monkeypod tree
Waiohinu is located in Hawaii
Coordinates: 19°4′3″N 155°36′41″W / 19.06750°N 155.61139°W / 19.06750; -155.61139Coordinates: 19°4′3″N 155°36′41″W / 19.06750°N 155.61139°W / 19.06750; -155.61139
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,055 ft (322 m)
 • Total213
 • Density156/sq mi (60.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
Area code(s)808
FIPS code15-79550
GNIS feature ID0364822

Waiohinu (Hawaiian translation: "Shiny Water") is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in the district of Ka'u on the Big Island—Hawaiʻi, in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Waiohinu is the name of the community as well as the ahupua'a, Native Hawaiian subdivision.[1] As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 213.[2]


Waiohinu is at the far southern tip of the island of Hawaii, on Hawaii Route 11, which is part of the Hawaii Belt Road. It is 57 miles (92 km) southeast of Kailua-Kona and 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Waiohinu's ZIP code is 96772, which it shares with the nearby community of Naalehu.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Waiohinu CDP has an area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2), all of it land.[2]


Mark Twain visited Waiohinu in 1866 and, legend has it, planted a monkey pod tree (Albizia saman) here. The tree blew down in 1957, but a shoot from it was replanted, and remains growing there today.

Kauaha'ao Church was built in 1888 by Calvinist missionaries in Waiohinu. The historic wooden church building was demolished in April 1998 because of extensive termite damage.[3]

Wong Yuen Store was built in 1914 by Chinese immigrant Wong Yuen. It is currently the only store in operation in Waiohinu.


  1. ^ http://ulukau.org/cgi-bin/hpn?e=d-0mahele--00-0-0--010---4------0-0l--1en-Zz-1---20-about---00031-00110escapewin-00&a=d&c=mahele&cl=CL1.7.1.86&d=HASH01ca70ad0e0287f0bb745b48 ulukau.org
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Waiohinu CDP, Hawaii". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  3. ^ http://starbulletin.com/98/07/06/news/story8.html starbulletin.com

Further reading[edit]

Wong Yuen Store in Waiohinu closed on April 1, 2018. The largest employer in Waiohinu is now Pacific Quest, employing over 100.

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