Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Other Side of Hawaii - The Mountains!

If you haven't been to Hawaii before, you may not know that in addition to the amazing ocean that surrounds the Islands, there are some unbelievable volcanic mountain formations to look at too. All of the Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanoes erupting from the sea floor from a magma source described in geological theory as a hotspot. The volcanic activity and subsequent erosion created impressive geological features, which can be seen in the following photos. All these photos were taken on the Island of O'ahu, and in person the view is just breathtaking. No matter where you look you are surrounded with natural beauty. Another reason why living in Hawaii rocks!

When I head back for my next trip in August, I plan to take some pictures while driving down the Pali Highway, made famous by Magnum P.I., one of my mom's favorite shows (and actors)! Now that will make for some serious kodak moments.


Kris Nelson said...

Great topic, and as you mentioned, not something people think about (or read about) too often when Hawaii comes to mind.

The mountain ranges of Hawaii are certainly amazing. We took a circle island helicopter tour on our first trip to Maui and got to fly right into some of the valleys between mountains that would otherwise be too inaccessible by car. It was totally breathtaking!

I'd have to say Maui and Kauai may lead the way in having the better mountain ranges, but obviously it's all subjective. Oahu does have Diamond Head, arguably the most recognized of them all, and the Big Island does have the active volcanoes.

So I guess no matter which island you choose, you certainly won't miss out.

A Maui Blog said...

The West Maui Mountains on Maui are magnificent, and a beautiful sight. I have yet to see the mountains on Kauia and yes Diamond Head is beautiful too.