Why have the Hawaiian Islands formed?

Answer The Hawaiian Islands are formed by a hotspot beneath the Earth's surface where magma is forced through the floor of the Pacific Ocean creating volcanic islands. As the Pacific Plate moves away from... Read More »

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Do the Hawaiian islands have any snakes?

There are snakes in Hawaii, according to the Explore Biodiversity website. Two common snakes are the sea snake and the Island Blind Snake. In addition, many snakes are illegally smuggled into Hawai... Read More »

How many islands& atolls comprise the Hawaiian islands?

Hawaii's eight main islands--Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau--make up 99 percent of its land mass. Of these, Hawaii is the largest, Kahoolawe is uninhabited, and Nii... Read More »

How many islands make up the Hawaiian Islands?

There are nine main Hawaiian islands and an additional nine Northwest Hawaiian Islands, for a total of 18. If the various rocks and islets in the area are also included, there are as many as 130 is... Read More »

How old are the Hawaiian Islands?

Hawaii is an archipelago of islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for its four largest ones. Kauai is the oldest, formed as a volcano about 5 million years ago. The volcanoes on Oahu, Maui and Hawai'... Read More »