3rd December 2019
How far away are the Hawaiian Islands from each other?
Niihau to Kauai is 15 miles apart. Molokai to Lanai, located directly south, are 8 miles apart. Lanai to the small island of Kahoolawe are 15 miles apart. Maui to Hawaii (Big Island) is 26 miles.
Besides, is Kauai The oldest Hawaiian island?
The entire Island of Hawaii, with its five large volcanoes of Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, and new submerged volcano of Loihi, is less than 450,000 years old. Kauai and Niihau, at 5 million years, are the oldest of the main high islands.
Which is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands?
The six islands of Hawaii are, from oldest to youngest, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii (The Big Island).
Weekend Window to Niihau, Hawaii's 'Forbidden Island' The main Hawaiian Islands all have nicknames. Niihau, about 18 miles northwest of Kauai, is the "Forbidden Island." It has been privately owned by the same family since 1864, when Elizabeth Sinclair purchased it from King Kamehameha V for $10,000.
There are only two inter-island passenger ferries in Hawaii. The Molokai Ferry departs twice daily from Lahaina, Maui, to the nearby island of Molokai, and takes about 90 minutes. The Maui-Lanai Expeditions Ferry departs five times a day from Lahaina, reaching Manele Bay on Lanai in 45 minutes.
From South Maui (Kihei and Wailea side) you can see Kahoolawe and Molokini (and from some areas also Lanai). From the east side (Hana), or from the top of Haleakala volcano, you can see the Big Island of Hawaii. You can see all five of those other islands from the top of Haleakala volcano if the weather is clear.
Molokai and Lanai can be reached by ferry from neighboring Maui, although getting there by from any other island will require a short flight. There are no ferries running between any of the other islands. Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is consequently the most eroded.
Of course from Oahu you can see Maui (back behind Molokai and Lanai) on clear days too, from the Kokohead / Sandy Beach / Makapuu area. However, I say that the mountains on Kauai are shorter than those on Oahu and Maui, it being an older island, so it can't be seen from as far a distance.
Also included were Lanai and Molokai, the smallest of the six islands, both of which provide that much needed connection to Hawaiian history and tradition. Now we move onto Oahu, home of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and Hawaii (the Big Island), home of five volcanoes, three of which are active.
Kailua Kona: the sunny outdoors capital of the Big Island. The west coast of Hawaii is known as the “Kona Side” and Kailua-Kona is the lively center of it all. This historic seaside town sits in the middle of the Kona coast, a few miles south of the Kona International Airport (KOA).
This makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to Midway Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway across the 48 contiguous states.
The flight from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu to Lihue, the only commercial airport on Kauai, takes about 40 minutes. Go!, Hawaiian Airlines and Island Air make regular direct flights between the islands. Located on Oahu, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is the largest in the state.
Of these, only seven are inhabited.
- Hawaii. Hawaii – also known as the Big Island – is not only the largest of the Hawaiian islands, it is also the largest island in the United States.
- Maui. Maui is 727 square miles, making it the second largest island.
There are 8 main islands, which make up the state of Hawaii (Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau). There is one additional small island (Kaala) near Niihau that is often overlooked.
The Hawaiian Islands (Hawaiian: Mokupuni o Hawai'i) are an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and seamounts in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from the island of Hawaiʻi in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll.
In the current system of administration of Hawaiʻi County, the moku of Kona is divided into North Kona District (Kona 'Akau) and South Kona District (Kona Hema). The term "Kona" is sometimes used inaccurately to refer to its largest town, Kailua-Kona.
In areas where the plates come together, sometimes volcanoes will form. Volcanoes can also form in the middle of a plate, where magma rises upward until it erupts on the seafloor, at what is called a “hot spot.” The Hawaiian Islands were formed by such a hot spot occurring in the middle of the Pacific Plate.
Hawaii Becomes our 50th State. Hawaii officially became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959. It is one of the smallest states, and it is the only state made up entirely of islands. The islands are the tops of volcanoes, some of them still active.
The island of Hawaii is the largest island in the Hawaiian chain with climatic contrasts across its 6 main regions: the Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Puna, Kau, Kona and Kohala. The island is 4,028 sq. miles, which is so big that the other Hawaiian Islands could fit on it nearly twice.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located outside North America.
There are currently three active volcanoes in Hawaii. On the Island of Hawaii, you'll find Maunaloa and Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984, and Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983. Loihi is located underwater off the southern coast of Hawaii Island.