History The Good Old Days

Did Hawaii come from nowhere???

  Well, sorta Yes!  Actually, Hawaii came from the bottom of the ocean. It was sorta like a growth coming up from the bottom of the ocean floor. Actually, it was more like a nasty furuncle boil on your skin.  Actually several boils. Several Supercalifragilisticexpialidociousboils ( like several really, really big ones) from the ocean floor. As a kid, I got a boil like that on the back of my butt. Boy, did it hurt. It seemed like it was bigger than a mountain, but in hindsight (this, and other puns intended) it probably wasn’t. But, I still remember the pain when it broke. It broke in the middle of a baseball game. It was my turn to bat and my uncle slapped me on the backside, with words of encouragement about hitting a home run. I don’t remember how I did at the plate that day, but I sure remember the giant boil broke and exploded with that single love tap.  It hurt. It really, really hurt.

Back to the islands. The Hawaii islands are so big, that if you forget about the water ocean, Mauna Kea on the Big Island is the tallest mountain in the world and the other Hawaii islands closely follow. If you measure Mauna Kea from base (at the ocean floor) to it’s ice and snow capped tip, it comes to 33,450 feet tall, give or take a few icicles. By comparison, puny Mount Everest, with all its snow and ice is only 29,000 feet tall. Hey, pipsqueak, why do all those mountaineers want to climb you?  I guess those sissies are afraid to get their feet wet by starting at the ocean floor. That’s why they like to hang out with you little guys.

Actually, the Hawaii island chain consist of around 150 Islands. The whole chain stretches around 1,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean.  The chain started in the northwest with the oldest inhabited island being Kauai. Kauai was formed over 4 million years ago. Its current population is around 70,000 people.

The baby of the Hawaiian Chain, is the island known as Hawaii at the southeast end of the chain. The island of Hawaii is a mere child as it is only around 300,000 years. Even though, it is the baby, it is the biggest island, and like a healthy child, it continues to grow as we write. The volcano shoots out lava. With the explosion, the lava bursts out (run for your life, like really) comes flying down and then comes down the slopes and then gradually creeps across the land and slides into the ocean. Voila!  The island get bigger. Nice job for a kid.