Kaupo, Hawaii

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Kahikinui coastline, Maui

Kaupo is one of the districts of ancient Hawaii (moku in the Hawaiian language) of Maui island in Hawaii.[1] Kaupo is a very remote and sparsely populated sustainable ranching community.[2]


Kaupo is located along the southeastern shore of Maui, west of Kipahulu along the Kahikinui coastline 20°38′33.28″N 156°7′51.60″W / 20.6425778°N 156.1310000°W / 20.6425778; -156.1310000Coordinates: 20°38′33.28″N 156°7′51.60″W / 20.6425778°N 156.1310000°W / 20.6425778; -156.1310000. Kaupo is located on a very rugged and desolate side of the island. The Kahikinui Forest Reserve is located in the area,[3] as well as a section of Haleakalā National Park. A trail leads from near the summit of Haleakalā through Kaupo Gap.[4][5]

Kaupo is connected to the rest of the island via the Pi'ilani Highway (Hawaii Route 31). The highway is primarily one lane wide and is not paved in all sections.


The ancient district of Kaupo, before 1859.

Kaupo was "Wahipana" (Special Place) for ancient Hawaiians. In the early 1900s many families lived in Kaupo. Fishing, farming, hunting and ranching were primary occupations.[citation needed] In 1859 the district was combined with that of Hana.[6]

The Loaloa Heiau and Huialoha Church are located in the district.[7]


  1. ^ Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel Hoyt Elbert and Esther T. Mookini (2004). "lookup of Kaupo ". in Place Names of Hawai'i. Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library, University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.hawaiiweb.com/maui/html/sites/kaupo.html Kaupo, Maui at Hawaii Web
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kahikinui Forest Reserve
  4. ^ "Kaupo Trail". Hawaii Nature Notes. June 1959. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Haleakala National Park map". National Park Service. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Lloyd J. Soehren (2010). "lookup of Kaupo ". in Hawaiian Place Names. Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Huialoha Church