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Looking towards Mauna Kea volcano from the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory

 Mauna Loa Solar Observtory, with Mauna Kea in background
Photograph by E. Endo
May 12, 2005
Mauna Loa Solar Observtory, with snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano in background.

The Big Island of Hawaii is made up of five volcanoes, Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea.

Mauna Kea means "White Mountain" in Hawaiian and is Hawaii's tallest volcano. It is considered a dormant volcano, but is likely to erupt again. At least 7 separate vents erupted between 6,000 and 4,000 years ago. For information on Mauna Kea, click here.

 Mauna Loa Solar Observtory, with Mauna Kea in background
Photograph by E. Endo
May 12, 2005

 Mauna Loa Solar Observtory, with Mauna Kea in background
Photograph by E. Endo
May 12, 2005
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Updated: 9 August 2005 (pnf)