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North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
Feeling the warmth of the ocean’s breeze gently caressing your face while inhaling the energy of a tropical shoreline ….. ah, what a feeling. Cleansing one’s mind while soothing one’s soul. Filling your heart with tranquillity, yet drawn by the adventure of exploring life’s many paths.
Oahu has two extinct volcanoes. In the west, Wai`anae, locally called Mount Ka`ala, is 4,025 feet above the sea. In the east Ko`olau peaks at 3,150 feet and is 30 miles long. Ko`olau is locally known as the Ko`olau Mountains.
Volcanoes can lay dormant for a million years before sputtering back awake near the shoreline. These eruptions are cone-shaped mountains of cemented ash called tuff. The sea water causes steam and pressure as it seeps into the underground magma eventually causing an explosion. This type of explosion is how Diamond Head, Koko Crater and Koko Head were formed.
Nature and time have sculpted elegant ridges on Oahu’s spectacular tropical mountains making Oahu an island of enchantment. Oahu also has some of the state’s most beautiful beaches and famous surfing areas in the world.
© 2009 Victoria McCormick
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