Neighboring Islands

These are pictures of the surrounding islands of Molokini, Lana'i,Kaho'olawe and Moloka'i.

Between these island are channels - sometimes called "roads". This is the area that the Humpback Whales come to mate and play during the winter. Between Maui and Lana'i is the 'Au'au Channel, and between Maui and Moloka'i is the Pailola Channel. Other channels exist, like the Kealailahiki Channel between Lana'i and Kaho'olawe and the Kalohi Channel between Lana'i and Moloka'i.

Molokini is a small, crescent shaped island about four miles off of the Makena area of Maui. This is an extinct crater, where the northern half has been eroded away by wave action. The crater was created when an undersea vent burst loose with lava and ash, building up a tuff cone (pronounced TOOF). The area is now a marine and bird sanctuary, and the island cannot be walked on by anyone. Many snorkel excursions go to Molokini, due to the calm waters within the crater. To see an overhead picture of Molokini, click here.

Lanai'i from Lahaina A close-up of Lana'i cliffs Lana'i again from Lahaina
Lanai'i from Lahaina A close-up of Lana'i cliffs Lana'i again from Lahaina
West Maui from dive boat Molokini east end Molokini from South Maui
West Maui from dive boat Molokini east end Molokini from South Maui
Kaho'olawe from South Maui Moloka'i from West Maui The Big Island from Haleakala
Kaho'olawe from South Maui Moloka'i from West Maui The Big Island from Haleakala