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Mineral Localities in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands frequently evoke a vision of “Paradise on Earth,” a mysterious garland of isles in the Pacific Ocean graced with a natural beauty unparalleled throughout the world. What the Hawaiian Islands do not generally evoke, however, is the thought of a treasure trove of minerals. In this article we highlight some of the important mineral resources of Hawaii and their locations and accessibility, presenting this information in a traditional geological context.

The article consists of three parts: a general description of the Hawaiian Islands and how their geography and geology have enabled the formation of their minerals, a brief overview of the minerals that occur in Hawaii, and a list of mineral localities of historic and current interest. Some localities can still be accessed by field collectors; unfortunately, many localities reported earlier (e.g., Manhoff and Uyehara 1976) are now inaccessible due to urban development. However, there are still localities to entice the collector who is willing to take the time and expend the effort to look carefully and go off the beaten track. 

 

Dr. Eric Heinen De Carlo is a professor in the Department of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Bryan Swoboda travels the world shooting films for BlueCap Productions. He has made it his mission to put on special events for the children of Hawaii introducing them to the mineral world

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