Lahilahi translates into thin hill or frail mountain. Mauna
means mounain or hill, and Lahilahi means thin. Lahilahi
also translates into black rock which is probably because it was
once from a volcano. It rises from a sandy beach between Wai‘anae
and Mākaha. Mauna Lahilahi serves as a boundary
for Mākaha. Mauna Lahilahi is the reminence of a volcano
wall that created the leeward side of the Oahu. The
ocean-side of Mauna Lahilahi had gotten eroded off into
the ocean. There is also a beach park near Mauna Lahilahi
is also a famous surf spot and landmark.
Mauna Lahilahi is located in Makaha on the Wai’anae coast.
Mauna Lahilahi was originally part of a large crater and oceanic
wall but at one point the rest of the wall and crater broke off
and sunk into the depths of the open water. This is the only original
piece of fragment that remains of the wall. It is on the eastern
side of where the annual surfing competitions at Makaha beach are
held and surrounds the Makaha condo buildings and the beach park
at ocean view luxury houses.
the left, in the distance you can see Mauna Lahilahi next
to the Makaha Marina and beach houses. It resembles a black rock
which is the translation of Mauna Lahilahi. The only fragment
of what was once a volcanic oceanic wall.
Photo by: Kauila
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