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Kaʻula
Kaʻula
Island, also called Kaʻula
Kaʻula
Rock, is a small, crescent-shaped offshore islet in the Hawaiian Islands.

Contents

1 Mythology 2 Geography 3 Lighthouse 4 Military use 5 Diving 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

Mythology[edit] In the legend of Papa and Wākea, Ka'ula is the seventh-born child. Geography[edit]

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).[1] 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 (Shark Cave).[2] The United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
defines Kaʻula
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).[3] Because of erosion, the island is slowly shrinking. Kaʻula, which he spelled as "Tahoora", was one of the first five islands sighted by Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook
in 1778. Lighthouse[edit] A lighthouse was completed on the island in 1932 by the former United States Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Service. It remained in operation through 1947. Military use[edit] 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 Kaʻula
Kaʻula
and 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.[4] Diving[edit] Kaʻula
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.[5] See also[edit]

List of volcanoes in the Hawaiian – Emperor seamount chain

Notes[edit]

^ Kaula Volcano John Seach, Volcano Live ^ Kaʻula
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

References[edit]

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. 

External links[edit]

Offshore Islet Restoration Committee, Kaula Kaʻula
Kaʻula
Island Nautical Chart Containing Kaʻula
Kaʻula
Island Kaula Rock Photos Photographs of Kaʻula
Kaʻula
Island, May 2008

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County, Hawaii, United States

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Windward Isles

Lōʻihi Māhukona Hawaiʻi Kīlauea
Kīlauea
( Kīlauea
Kīlauea
Iki, Puʻu ʻŌʻō) Mauna Loa Hualālai Mauna Kea Kohala Kahoʻolawe Kauaʻi Kaʻula Lānaʻi Maui Haleakalā West Maui Molokaʻi Penguin Bank West Molokai
Molokai
Volcano East Molokai
Molokai
Volcano Niʻihau Oʻahu Kaʻena Koʻolau Waiʻanae

Leeward Isles

French Frigate Shoals Gardner Pinnacles Kure Atoll Laysan Lisianski Island Maro Reef Midway Atoll Necker Island Nihoa Pearl and Hermes Atoll

Emperor Seamounts

Abbott Colahan Daikakuji Detroit Hancock Jingu Kammu Kimmei Koko Meiji Nintoku Ojin Suiko Yomei Yuryaku

Topics

1955 Hawaiian submarine eruption ʻAʻā (lava) Evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes Haleakalā
Haleakalā
National Park Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain Hawaiian eruption Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Lava fountain Limu o Pele Pāhoehoe (lava) Pele's hair Pele's tears

Coordinates: 21°39′17″N 160°32′29″W / 21.65472°N 160.54139°W / 21.65472; -160.54139

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