Top 5 favorite scenic spots on Kauai: HAWAII Magazine facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Hawaii’s “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” which is 10 miles wide and 3,000 feet deep, owes its distinct beauty to natural events that occurred in one volcanic moment, then slowly over millions of years. Four million years ago, as steady volcanic activity from the Kauai’s dominant peak Mount Waialeale was still growing the island, a huge section of land collapsed creating a massive depression. Fresh lava filled the depression until Kauai’s eruptive life ended. A near-constant flow of rainwater coursing down the Waimea River from Waialeale’s peak—one of the wettest places on earth —help turn young, freshly- exposed lava rock from black to bright and deep reds. Visitors can take in the views by way of helicopter ride, Waimea Canyon State Park hiking trails or at a handful of popular lookouts perched on its edge.
Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
The Daytrippers: A day hike on Kauai's Napali Coast.
Ride on! Cruising Kauai's Waimea Canyon by bicycle tour
Hidden Hawaii: On the way to Waimea Canyon
Top 5 favorite Hawaii parks: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll results