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Pahala is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 1,356 at the 2010 census.GeographyPahala is located in the southern part of the island of Hawaii at. Hawaii Route 11 forms the southeast border of the community. The highway leads northeast to Hilo and southwest to Naalehu. The main entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is to the northeast of Pahala on Route 11.According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2km2, all of it land.HistoryPahala was created by a sugarcane plantation. The area selected to house the sugar refinery had several key features: a flat plateau on a sloping mountainous regiondirect access to a water wella strategic central location to sugarcane fieldsIn Hawaiian, Pāhala refers to the ashes of leaves from the hala tree. Long ago, when cracks were found in the sugarcane fields, workers would stuff them with hala leaves and burn them.
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