Residents of Maui often recognize the island as the ‘valley island’ because Maui was created by two volcanos joined by a land bridge in the valley between them. Because one of these volcanoes is far larger, taller, younger and more active than the other, Maui has some of the most varied and impressive wildlife and natural beauty in the world. Learn how once-destructive volcanoes helped build a modern paradise.
What Are the Two Volcanoes of Maui, HI?
The traditional names of the two main volcanic mountains/ranges that gave birth to the island are Haleakala and Mauna Kahalawai. If you look at a map of Maui and imagine it as two different-sized splotches slightly overlapping, Haleakala is the eastern and larger of the two splotches. To the east northeast, Mauna Kahalawai stands only about half the height of its majestic neighbor.
Is Haleakala or Mauna Kahalawai Active?
Since the ages of the two volcanoes are different, they have different characteristics. Haleakala is younger and considered an ‘active’ volcano by the United States Geological Survey. This does not mean Haleakala is actively erupting, it just means it has erupted recently enough that there’s no sign it’s done. That being said, shield volcanoes like these have far less catastrophic eruptions than a stratovolcano like Mount St. Helens, for example.
By contrast, Mauna Kahalawai hasn’t erupted in a very long time. Considered dormant, this volcano has eroded to the point where it looks more like a range of mountains, and is often called the West Maui Volcano(es).
Maui Pumping Services in Maui, HI
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