West Maui Mountains

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West Maui Volcano
Mauna Kahalawai
Iao Needle.jpg
The Īʻao Needle in the West Maui Mountains
Elevation 5,788 ft (1,764 m)
Prominence 5,788 ft (1,764 m)
HP of Maui
Location
West Maui Volcano is located in Hawaii
West Maui Volcano
West Maui Volcano
Maui, Hawaii, U.S.
Range Hawaiian Islands
Coordinates 20°53′37″N 156°35′22″W / 20.89361°N 156.58944°W / 20.89361; -156.58944Coordinates: 20°53′37″N 156°35′22″W / 20.89361°N 156.58944°W / 20.89361; -156.58944
Topo map USGS Kilohana (HI)
Geology
Type Much eroded shield volcano
Age of rock 1.32 Mega-annum
Volcanic arc/belt Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain
Last eruption ?
Climbing
Easiest route ?

The West Maui Mountains or West Maui Volcano, known to the Hawaiians as Maui Komohana[1] 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.[2] 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[edit]

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.

Geological history[edit]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A cultural-historical study of Ka'eo and other lands in Honua'ula, Island of Maui, KPA No. MaKaeo110
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Sinton, John M. "Geologic History of Maui, Chapter 1". Hawaii Institute of Geophysics. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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