Kaʻula Island, also called
Kaʻula Rock, is a small, crescent-shaped
offshore islet in the Hawaiian Islands.
4 Military use
6 See also
9 External links
In the legend of Papa and Wākea, Ka'ula is the seventh-born child.
Hawaiian monk seal
Hawaiian monk seal at the Five Fathom Pinnacle
It is located 23 mi (37 km) west-southwest of Kawaihoa Point
on Niʻihau, and about 150 nmi (278 km) west of Honolulu.
The island is actually the very top of a volcanic tuff cone that rests
on top of a larger, submerged shield volcano. At its highest point,
the island reaches a height of 548 ft (167 m). The ocean
has carved large sea cliffs on the sides of the island. There is a
large cave on the northwest side of the island called Kahalauaola
United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau defines
Kaʻula as Census Tract 411 of
Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi. The 2000 census showed that the uninhabited
island had a land area of 158.2 acres (0.640 km2;
0.2472 sq mi). Because of erosion, the island is slowly
Kaʻula, which he spelled as "Tahoora", was one of the first five
islands sighted by
Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook in 1778.
A lighthouse was completed on the island in 1932 by the former United
Lighthouse Service. It remained in operation through 1947.
The island has been used as a bombing range by the United States Navy
since at least 1952. Inert ordnance is currently used, although live
explosive ordnance has been used in the past. There is a risk of
unexploded ordnance on the island. Permission from the U.S. Navy is
required to land on the island. In 1978, over the objection of the
U.S. Navy, the state of Hawaiʻi claimed ownership of
named the island a State Seabird Sanctuary. A final determination of
ownership has not yet been made, and the Navy still uses the southeast
point of the island as an aerial bombing and strafing target.
Kaʻula is uninhabited but fishermen and scuba divers frequently visit
the island. Five Fathom Pinnacle, 3 mi (4.8 km)
west-northwest of Kaʻula, is also a noted dive spot.
List of volcanoes in the Hawaiian – Emperor seamount chain
^ Kaula Volcano John Seach, Volcano Live
Kaʻula Island Archived 2004-09-05 at the Wayback Machine. NOAA Ship
Townsend Cromwell, Student Connection
^ Census Tract 411, Kauaʻi County United States Census Bureau
^ U.S. Coast Pilot 7, Chapter 14, p. 634
^ Underwater Photos from Five Fathom Pinnacle
Tabrah, Ruth M. (1987). Niʻihau, the last Hawaiian island. Press
Pacifica. ISBN 0-916630-59-5.
Tava, Rerioterai; Keale, Moses K. (1998). Niihau, the traditions of a
Hawaiian island. Mutual Publishing. ISBN 0-935180-80-X.
Offshore Islet Restoration Committee, Kaula
Nautical Chart Containing
Kaula Rock Photos Photographs of
Kaʻula Island, May 2008
Islands, municipalities, and communities of
Kauai County, Hawaii,
County seat: Lihue
Hawaiian volcanism topics (list)
Kīlauea Iki, Puʻu ʻŌʻō)
French Frigate Shoals
Pearl and Hermes Atoll
1955 Hawaiian submarine eruption
Evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes
Haleakalā National Park
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Limu o Pele
Coordinates: 21°39′17″N 160°32′29″W / 21.65472°N
160.54139°W / 21.65472; -160.54139