Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Island of Hawaii  /  Scenic Drive  /  Kohala Mountain Range

Kohala Mountain Range, Island of Hawaii

(20+ reviews on the web)
Scenic Drive
Kohala is the oldest of five volcanoes that make up the island of Hawaii. Kohala is an estimated one million years old—so old that it experienced, and recorded, a reversal of magnetic field 780,000 years ago. It is believed to have breached sea level more than 500,000 years ago and to have last erupted 120,000 years ago. Kohala is 606km2 in area and 14000km3 in volume, and thus constitutes just under 6% of the island of Hawaii.Kohala is a shield volcano cut by multiple deep gorges, which are the product of thousands of years of erosion. Unlike the typical symmetry of other Hawaiian volcanoes, Kohala is shaped like a foot. Toward the end of its shield-building stage 250,000 to 300,000 years ago, a landslide destroyed the northeast flank of the volcano, reducing its height by over 1000m and traveling 130km across the sea floor. This huge landslide may be partially responsible for the volcano's foot-like shape. Marine fossils have been found on the flank of the volcano, far too high to have been deposited by standard ocean waves. Analysis indicated that the fossils had been deposited by a massive tsunami approximately 120,000 years ago.
Plan your Kohala Mountain Range visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kawaihae using our Kawaihae trip builder.
Source
Create a full Kawaihae itinerary

(Kawaihae is the nearest city to Kohala Mountain Range)

map

Plan your trip to Island of Hawaii

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Island of Hawaii by other users

15 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM MEXICO August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Honolulu, Lihue & Hilo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Magical ride with rainbows and beautiful scenery and vistas. If you are compelled to stop, be mindful as this is a well used road, pulling over to the shoulder or a turn out is a must. You will not be...  more »
  • Beautiful but scary at night. Actually drove back up Hwy 250 another day to see more of the beautiful things we missed once the sun set.  more »
  • The first time we drove this road we could not believe we were in Hawaii !! It is such beautiful ranch country !! We love driving along here to see the cattle, the sheep, the horses, the goat, the ran...  more »