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Kohala Mountain Range, Island of Hawaii

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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.
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  • Kohala mountain road going from Havi reminiscent of and passing along an avenue of coniferous trees on both sides of the road, and quickly view on both sides, came into the world of heaven. Pastures while lowering the elevation from Kohala mountains on the left side to the right coast down to pasture to incline slope will continue. The scenery is extraordinary ravished looking over the coast to the blue sea and the white clouds continues far beyond the coastline. Kohala mountain is an old extinct volcano eruption of 120000 years ago became the last elevation is 1600 m seems to be over. It was a way evokes the way leads to the Sainte Victoire Cezanne Aix en Provence in the South of France traveled the sunny Kohala mountain road when you drive in car hire, often depicting Cezanne's scenic charm.
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  • So never again visited the island of Hawaii, ran most of the way but still passed finally passed. Really quite amazing. It is probably on the Hawaii Island landscape the best driving course. I think only the Kona coastline and Mauna Kea are visible at the same time. Next time I want to spend while eating a leisurely lunch in the mountain meadows with a sandwich.
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  • 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 »

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You'll find lodges and bed and breakfasts scattered around the vicinity of Waimea. Some are adjacent to the coastline, while others stand among gardens; accommodations in both locations provide access to the area's natural wonders. Reservations for bed and breakfasts fill up quickly, so book a room early.
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