In an archipelago
like the Hawaiian Islands
the water between islands
is typically called a channel
here are the channels between the islands of Hawai i, arranged
from southeast to northwest.
Alenuihāhā separates the island of Hawai i and the island of Maui.
maximum depth of this channel is 6100 feet (1900 m).
Alalakeiki Channel separates the islands of Kahoʻolawe and Maui.
Alalakeiki means "crying baby."
Ke ala i
kahiki channel is the channel between Lāna i and Kaho olawe. It literally means "the road to Tahiti"; if one
takes a bearing off of Kealaikahiki Point on Kaho olawe while in
the channel and heads directly straight, one arrives, more or less,
In practice, however, Polynesian navigators
probably did not quite ply a straight route to Tahiti.
Au au Channel
Au au Channel is one of the most protected areas
of ocean in the Hawaiian Islands, lying between Lāna i and
Maui. The channel is also protected by Moloka i to the
north, and Kaho olawe to the south.
The depth of the channel
reaches 108 feet (33 m).
Au au channel is a whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands. Humpback whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the northern hemisphere winter months in the protected waters of the channel.
'Au'au translates to "to take a bath" referring to its calm
The middle of the 'Au'au channel off Lāhainā is known as the
filled with whalers when Lahaina was a capital for that industry,
Lahaina Roads were later adopted as an alternate anchorage for the
main U.S. Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor. In the planning for
the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had hoped that the Pacific
Fleet still utilized Lahaina as an anchorage as ships sunk in the
deep water there would have been unrecoverable. However, Lahaina
was not utilized, and the bulk of the fleet remained moored in
Pearl Harbor. The Roads are still a common moorage for oceangoing
cruise ships and naval vessels of many flags, including the U.S.,
whose crews enjoy liberty on the mainland.
The Pailolo Channel
separates the islands of
. Although the
channel is only about 8.4 miles at its shortest point, it is one of
the windiest and roughest in the Hawaiian Islands.
Pailolo translates to "crazy fisherman" referring to the typical
sea surface conditions and who would attempt to navigate
Kalohi Channel is the stretch of water separating
Lāna i and Moloka
Depth of water in this channel is about 260
feet (79 m). This is one of the less treacherous channels between
islands in the archipelago, although strong winds and choppy sea
conditions are frequent. Kalolohia beach
Lāna i coast is also known as "Shipwreck Beach" because of a wreck
on the reef
Kaiwi Channel (also known as the Moloka i Channel)
separates the islands of O
ahu and Moloka i.
Maximum depth is 2300 feet
(701 m). There are annual paddleboarding and outrigger canoe paddling
traverse this channel.
Kaulakahi Channel separates the islands of
Niihau and Kauai.
Kaiolelewaho Channel separates the islands of
Kauai and Oahu.