A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to score a trip to Honolulu to visit some IBM customers. Woo hoo! It was my first time there and it exceeded all of my expectations. I have always wanted to go to
the Volcanoes National Park, so I made that a top priority.
My first glimpse was of the islands from the plane on the way in. The first image is I think the northwest tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Next comes Diamond Head, the extinct volcano on the eastern tip of Oahu, then the Waikiki hotels and beach then the houses in the area just as we were landing in Honolulu.
People wonder how the islands could exist in the middle of the deep central Pacific Ocean - it's all about magma. The islands were formed by a "hotspot", or weakness in the earth's crust.
Magma was forced through the fault and solidified as it hit the cold water. Millions of years of this caused enough rock to be formed to push up beyond the surface of the water, forming the islands. The really interesting thing is the chain of islands was formed by the earth's crust sliding to the northwest over the fault. The oldest island is Kauai and the newest island is the Big Island of Hawaii, with the newest land being created on the southeast coast of Hawaii at the Kilauea volcano..