Hawaii's Kohala Coast Adventure
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Why the long face? Cliff-face that is. And why are there so many of them?
As you float above, alongside, and between, oohing and ahhing at the cascading waterfalls, soaking up the deep canyons of green, marveling at the severity of the cliffs, one can't help but wonder, why the knife-edge, what mythic figure sliced it off?
Kohala, the Big Island's oldest volcano, is nearly a million years old. Estimates have it reaching sea level half a million years ago, with its most recent eruption around 120,000 years ago. Between 250,000 and 300,000 years ago, a landslide decapitated much of its size, sending debris 81 miles across the ocean floor! The massive sea cliffs on Kohala's shoreline are the top of this pile of debris.
The Kohala coast's dramatic valleys were cut by weakened rift zones when the volcano was still active. As fractures worked their way upward, rainwater was re-routed, flowing off the volcano's back side, cutting the deep valleys we see today.
Surrounded by towering 2,000-foot cliffs, the Waipio Valley is a mile wide at the black sandy coast, and nearly six miles deep. Eden-like in its lushness, with waterfalls cascading in on all sides, this sacred "Valley of the Kings" is the birthplace of many Hawaiian myths, legends, and songs, was home to many Hawaiian rulers, and was the hiding place of Paiea, later called Kamehameha.
Now home to less than a hundred people, Waipio Valley was once home to a village of nearly 20,000 people, many of whom were wiped away in the valley-clearing tsunami of 1946. If you made to the final scene of the 1995 movie Waterworld, you saw them finally find dry land, there in Waipio Valley – not a bad place to end up.
These suckers can climb
They go by many names, and travel by any means. Hawaii natives, the freshwater goby, "Oopu Alamoo", or Lentipes concolor (‘o‘opu ‘alamo‘o or ‘o‘opu hi‘u koleis) breeds in fresh water but matures in the ocean. Like salmon, it returns to its spawning beds, but Oopu Alamoo use suction discs on their bellies to cling to rocks, climbing behind and around waterfalls, even scaling the impossible, the 422-foot-high Akaka Falls.
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