The Koolau Mountain Range- A Dormant Volcano on Oahu, Hawaii

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 Breathtaking! The Ko'olau Mountain Range is not a "normal" mountain range. The western half that is seen is what is left of the Ko'olau Volcano that was destroyed in Prehistoric times. What happened was the eastern half and much of the summit caldera (feature formed during volcanic activity) slid into the Pacific Ocean.

These fragments were cast 100 miles over the northeast part of the ocean floor. History says the eruption first took place on the ocean floor 2.5 million years ago. It kept growing in elevation (which you see here to the left) and currently stands over 3,000 feet above sea level. Scientists believe that this dormant volcano will one day come to life again.

The map below shows the monstrosity of the Ko'olau Mountains (to the right and all in green) which is the length of our island of Oahu from southern (Honolulu) to northern (North Shore) ends. If you are planning on Relocating to Hawaii this article will give you a little more lore and information regarding our island of Oahu. 

 

We traveled over the H-3 Freeway to get to the windward side of the island (which is basically from central Oahu west of the Koolau's to the east side of Oahu) where Kaneohe and Kailua towns are located. From there we went all along the coast to the North Shore and back to Central Oahu.

After going through Kaneohe town we headed north through and went through the following towns:

  • Waimanalo- Country area, plenty of agricultural land and I love to go out there to the orchid farms where you can pick up variety at low cost.
  • Kaawa- Macadamia Nut Farm, Koolau Ranch
  • Punaluu- Beautiful beaches, waterfront properties and the Crouching Lion restaurant
  • Hauula- Country, coastal properties
  • Laie- Polynesian Cultural Center, BYU University, Laie Point fishing
  • Kahuku- Sugar Mill, Shrimp Farms, Farmland
  • Sunset Beach- North Shore Famous Surfing Spot, beaches, coastal and mountain properties.
  • Waimea Bay- Beautiful bay, swimming, Autubon society in Waimea Valley
  • Haleiwa- Old historic town, quaint shops and beaches

We traveled only 3/4 of the way along the Koolau Mountain Range to the left of us and the ocean to the right. No matter how many times we make this beautiful drive every single time it proves to have such scenic views to behold each and every time. (click the button for the show twice...it has a kink sometimes :)

 

 

More articles on Oahu for Hawaii Relocations (or even visitors!) can be found here:

Waimea Valley: History Uncovered, Preserved and Protected

Honolulu County Relocations: A Look into Laie, Hawaii

Relocating to Oahu, Hawaii? A Glimpse into Old Town Wahiawa

Historic Haleiwa Town: North Shore-Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii Coastal Land: *Ponder Before Purchasing*

Purchasing Hawaii Vacant Land? Ancient Hawaiian Burial Sites and Laws

 

 

For more information on Hawaii Relocations please contact Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman @ (808) 375-1404

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Joan Whitebook
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Sally ~ what a beautiful place!  I love Hawaii.  I have only seen a very small portion of the island.  I hope to return to see more of the beauty and wonders!  How fortunate you are to live in such a magical place.
Oct 21, 2007 11:27 PM #28
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Hi Joan! I love it too...and if you ever come back....make sure you come and get the points of interest and other stuff so you can be prepared!  I tell you what....touristy things are not nearly as exciting as all the places to go for history and scenic wonders.
Oct 21, 2007 11:47 PM #29
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Sally, That was beautiful! The only time I was in Hawaii, I was only about 12 years old and all I remember is the delicious pineapple, the rocky ocean floor, Don Ho (who I had to sing "Tiny Bubbles" with) and the long plane ride from PA.   Kids don't appreciate anything!  I want to come back as an adult so that I can enjoy all the beauty of it!  Maybe I'll get there someday soon.
Oct 22, 2007 12:03 AM #30
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Roberta: My husband is from PA...he came in 97 and never left.....I think he was thinking about the plane ride..hehe. 

Oct 22, 2007 12:08 AM #31
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Sally,

You always do such a beautiful job showcasing your beautiful island. Thank you for the photos and tutorial. Marlene and I will be there the end of Jan. for the CRS Sell-a-bration.

Oct 22, 2007 01:53 AM #32
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Beautiful slideshow and history of the mountain range, Sally. It's amazing how powerful a volcano is and how land forms above it that eventually becomes covered in trees.....hard to imagine it as a sleeping giant.

Jo 

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Hi Sally-yet another beautiful post and photos.  Everytime I read one of your posts...I am waiting for the hula girls to greet me with lai's and a mai tai!  I always feel like I am sitting or stand next to you....I am there!  Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful paradise with us!
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Hi Sally,
What gorgeous, breathtaking photos you share with us, thank you.  I feel like I just took a tour of Koolau Mountain area.  
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Another beautiful Sally-post.  I've never been to Hawaii, but your pictures help me appreciate what a paraadise you live in and inspire me to want to visit.  I guess that's the first step, right?
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That was absolutely breathtaking! I have never been to your exotic state, but hope to one day make it out there!!!
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Hi Sally! I have got to visit Hawaii....these pictures you post are so beauitful. I hope you're well! :)
Oct 22, 2007 10:53 AM #38
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Linda:  Woohoo! I will be looking forward to meeting you two!

Jo:  Ah.....who knows.  Our island is covered with many more dead ones as well....Diamond Head and Punchbowl being two of them.

Midori:  Ha! Those MaiTai's are pretty strong i hear.

 

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Cynthia: You're welcome!  Thanks for walking through it with me!

Margaret: Sure is...see you soon!

Barbara Jo/Bill:  And maybe one day you will!

Pamela:  Yes I am thanks. Hope one day you do...it'll be an enjoyable experiece.

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Woo Hoo Sally...

You have to be one of the only member's who garner this many comments on a local post. 

Good for you :)

TLW...ROAR!

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TLW:  And that's why one day you're going to come visit me too!
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Sally- Wonderful! Amazing! Love it! WoW! this should get Localism featured! The most beautiful sight in the world are mountains next to oceans! Absolutely breathtaking! You would make a wonderful tour guide. Katerina
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Sally, That is cool that your husband is from PA too!  I thought I made a big move, he really made a huge move!
Oct 22, 2007 07:13 PM #44
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Katerina: Okay....come visit and we both will open a real estate tour....how's that?

Roberta: He sure did...but hey...he scored me!

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This blog may bring back my dream of going to Hawaii that Bryant took away from me thanks to Bertha. Amazing to think how long it took to build that mountain range and how it was formed.

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Todd: You have to admit that Bertha can sing and dance though!
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