|Do the signs add a hint of an element of danger to this hike?|
|This is most surely not a "gentle" slope.|
|Source: U.S. Geological Survey|
We would expect older volcanoes to display a great deal more erosion, but that's only part of the story at Kohala. The rest of the volcano has no similar sea cliffs. Something else happened here. New technology for accurate mapping of the sea floor offshore of the Hawaiian Islands has provided a useful clue. There is chaotic debris on the ocean floor at distances reaching as much as a hundred miles. The islands have been falling apart!
|Waipi'o Valley along the Kohala Coast|