Three Pu'u on Kohala Mountain

Kohala Mountain pu'u

Location: Kohala Mountain, Big Island, Hawaii

The rural community where I live is on the western slope of Kohala Mountain, one of the five volcanoes that make up Hawaii's Big Island.  Of the five volcanoes, two are active (Kilauea and Mauna Loa), and two are dormant (Mauna Kea and Hualalai).  Only Kohala Mountain is extinct, having last erupted about 120,000 years ago.

Most landscape photos I have posted from my neighborhood look westward or southward, toward the ocean, but if you turn the opposite direction and look upslope, this is one of the sights that you would see.   Pictured here are three of the many pu'u on the slopes of the mountain.  Pu'u are the remains of old cinder/spatter cones from volcanic eruptions many thousands of years ago.  When they were first formed, they were jagged and rough - bare lava rock and cinder.  Over the centuries they have been worn down by the elements, and overgrown by plant life until they look like gentle, green-carpeted hills.


2sweetnsaxy said...

That's a lot of stuff to come out of a volcano. Amazing. I can't wait until the day I can get back to Hawaii and next time there is so much more I want to see.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful landscape shots!

BNS said...

@ 2Sweet - It may look like a lot of stuff, but this is just a fraction. There are many, many pu'u like these on all of Hawaii's volcanoes.

@ Roentarre - Thank you very much.


kml said...

It is beautiful no matter which way you turn in your yard - and the landscape is so varied. So beautiful!!

BNS said...

Thanks, Kathy. I have to admit, Hawaii always is easy on the eyes, no matter which direction you face.