Hawaiian cultural traditions and scientific theory together help us to understand how the Hawaiian Islands have formed and changed over time. Mo‘olelo of Papa and Wākea, and Māui describe the birth of our islands. Through mo‘olelo of Pele we discover how specific volcanic forms found throughout our islands were created. Science teaches us about the Hot Spot theory, the incredible and ever-changing life cycle of Hawaiian volcanoes, and more.
Kaʻena, Oʻahu’s First Shield Volcano!
It’s old news that the island of Oʻahu was formed by 2 gigantic shield volcanoes. Old news indeed!