This site contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mauna Loa (4,170 m high) and Kilauea (1,250 m high), both of which tower over the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruptions have created a constantly changing landscape, and the lava flows reveal surprising geological formations. Rare birds and endemic species can be found there, as well as forests of giant ferns.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|viii||To be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features.||All|
|Hawaiʻi Tropical Botanical Garden||2019||45.7km||site_ao|
|Waiānuenue (Rainbow Falls)||2019||35.4km||site_ao|
|Kona Coffee Living History Farm||2019||83.5km||site_ao|
|Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm||2019||104.1km||site_ao|
|The Painted Church||2019||80.2km||site_ao|
|Keahole Point Blowhole||2019||104.8km||site_ao|
|Algae Growing Ponds||2017||104.6km||site_ao|
|The Raëlian UFO Religion’s Galactic Embassy in Hawai’i||2017||8.6km||site_ao|
|Kaluakauka (Doctor’s Pit)||2017||58.6km||site_ao|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.