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

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 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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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!
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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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