Waimea Canyon, Kauai


Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

By Grand Canyon standards Waimea Canyon may seem rather puny, but by Pacific island standards it’s gigantic.  Yes, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles/446 kilometers long, 18 miles/29 kilometers wide, and some 6,000 feet/1,800 meters deep, but Waimea Canyon is still impressive.  Waimea Canyon measures 10 miles/16 kilometers in length and is half as deep as the Grand Canyon — 3,000 feet/900 meters.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Besides, Waimea is actually green.  The Grand Canyon can’t make that claim.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

It’s also black, brown, and red — black from the lava basalt that created the island, brown from exposure of the basalt to the elements, and red from the iron in the basalt that has since succumbed to erosion and oxidization.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Here’s an example of Waimea Canyon really showing its colors:

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

And now for today’s photo gallery of this magnificent canyon.  Click on any image below the bring up the slide show.

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