Category: Hawaii

Haupu Mountain

Haupu Mountain Haupu has an interesting background. It is named for a giant guardian who would watch for invaders coming to Oahu via the Kaieiewaho Channel. The legend goes that once Haupu mistook a fishing tournament organized by chief Kaena as an invasion, so Haupu threw rocks at the participants, hitting Kaena in the process. …

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Waialeale

Waialeale | Waiʻaleʻale | Mount Waiʻaleʻale Receiving an average annual rainfall of approximately 500 inches, Waialeale is often referred to as the wettest spot on earth. However “Big Bog” on Maui gets even more rainfall than Waialeale! It’s no wonder that the name Wai‘ale‘ale means “rippling or overflowing water” in Hawaiian. Hawaiian religious relics made …

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Kohala

Kohala Mount Kohala is Hawaii’s oldest above-water volcano. It is over one million years old, and has evidence of the reversal of earth’s magnetic field which happened 780,000 years ago. A massive avalanche slid off of Kohala some 250,000 to 300,000 years ago and spread debris 80 miles into the ocean. You can still see the sliced …

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Puʻu Kukui

Puʻu Kukui Puʻu Kukui is the highest peak of Mauna Kahalawai, also known as the West Maui Mountains. It was formed from a volcano whose caldera eroded into today’s Īʻao Valley. After Big Bog and Mount Waiʻaleʻale, it is the third wettest spot on earth. Country: United States State: Hawaii Mountain Range: Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains), Hawaiian–Emperor seamount …

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Hualālai

Hualālai The active volcano Hualālai is the third youngest and third-most historically active volcano of Hawaii’s five volcanoes, after Kīlauea and the large volcano Mauna Loa. The unpreparedness of residents of Hualālai is concerning, as it is expected to erupt in the next century. Country: United States State: Hawaii Mountain Range: Hawaiian Islands Elevation: 8,271 feet Fun Fact: …

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Kamakou

Kamakou Mount Kamakou is a lush and mossy tropical rainforest which sits in the East Moloka’i mountains in the Kamakou Preserve. It is rich in biodiversity, containing plants found nowhere else on earth, and home to a number of critically endangered species. The mountain is part of the extinct East Molokai shield volcano. Country: United States …

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Kaʻala

Kaʻala | Mount Kaʻala Mount Kaʻala is an eroded shield volcano in the Waianae Range of western Oahu in Hawaii. According to legend, the goddess Hiʻiaka travelled from her home and her brother Pele. Pele became so enraged that his sister was gone for so long, that he caused flowing lava to cover her lands …

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Koʻolau Range

Koʻolau Range The Koʻolau Range is a dormant volcano that runs for 37 miles up and down the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The mountain range was formed by volcanic eruptions that are believed to have started underwater over 2.5 million years ago, reaching sea level until the volcano became dormant. In 1972, …

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Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea The most interesting fact about Mauna Kea may be that most of the mountain lies underwater, and when measured from its oceanic base, it is the tallest mountain in the world at approximately 33,000 feet. However, most organizations measure mountains from the sea level point, which gives this peak an elevation of 13,803 …

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