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Punaluʻu (pronounced [punɑluʔu]) is a census-designated place and rural community in the Koʻolauloa District on the Island of Oʻahu, City & County of Honolulu. In Hawaiian, punaluʻu means "coral dived for", or in the case of the fishpond once located here, possibly "spring dived for". There is a very small commercial center located beside Punaluʻu Stream, and several condominium projects, including a high rise building, located at Haleaha Beach and Kaluanui Beach. As of the 2000 Census, the CDP had a total population of 881.

A fringing reef extends off the shoreline. There are several beaches and a beach park in Punaluʻu, including Punaluʻu Beach Park, Punaluʻu Beach, Haleaha Beach, and Kaluanui Beach. Sugar cane was once grown on the narrow coastal plain inland from the highway.

Punalu'u Beach Park is a black sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii and contains a year-round population of green sea turtles. There are also several brackish marshy ponds which are home to several wetland bird species.


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