West Maui Mountains
|West Maui Volcano|
The Īʻao Needle in the West Maui Mountains
|Elevation||5,788 ft (1,764 m)|
|Prominence||5,668 ft (1,728 m)|
|Maui, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS Kilohana (HI)|
|Type||Much eroded shield volcano|
|Age of rock||1.32 Mega-annum|
|Volcanic arc/belt||Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain|
The West Maui Mountains or West Maui Volcano, known to the Hawaiians as Maui Komohana and to geologists as Mauna Kahalawai, forms a much eroded shield volcano that constitutes the western one-quarter of the Hawaiian Island of Maui.
The three moku or districts of west Maui are Lāhaina, Kāʻanapali, and Wailuku. Wailuku is also known as Pūʻalikomohana, or Nā Wai ʻEhā which means the four waters. The 4 waters are the ahupuaʻa (smaller land division than district), which are Waikapū, Wailuku, Waiʻehu, and Waiheʻe.
The port of Lāhainā lies on the southwestern slope.
The summit peak is called Puʻu Kukui, at 5,788 feet (1,764 m) elevation.
Puʻu Kukui Watershed Preserve
Established in 1988, the Puʻu Kukui Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in the State of Hawaii. Since 1994, the 8,661-acre (35.05 km2) preserve has been managed by Maui Land & Pineapple Company in participation with The Nature Conservancy and the State Natural Area Partnership. These groups work together to protect the watershed lands of the West Maui mountain.
The West Maui mountains were formed through at least three series of major volcanic eruptions, the latest of which was roughly 500,000 years ago. However, there was an additional minor eruption more recently.
- "Puu Kukui, Hawaii". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- A cultural-historical study of Ka'eo and other lands in Honua'ula, Island of Maui, KPA No. MaKaeo110
- Sinton, John M. "Geologic History of Maui, Chapter 1". Hawaii Institute of Geophysics. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
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