Sunday, April 27, 2014

The West Coast of O'ahu, Hawai'i

The island of O'ahu consists of two separate ancient shield volcanoes. The two, long dormant, volcanoes have been eroded into thin ridges. These mountains shown in the photo, belong to the Waianae Range. They are about 3000 or so feet high. The ridges run right down to the edge of the island and form a mostly rocky beach area. The climate on the West Coast is very different than the interior and other coasts of the island. It is semi-arid and looks more like Southern California than what most people would think of Hawai'i from the promotional ads. There are highways almost all the way around the island, but here on the West Coast the highway ends about where this photo was taken. The variety of O'ahu makes it a very interesting place to visit.

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