When a dream wedding, a dream corner of the world, is endangered by an extreme event of nature. In fact, during a wedding at the Hawaii islands, a series of rogue waves up to six meters high hit the guests at a wedding party in Kailua-Kona, on the southern coast of the archipelago.
The waves washed over tables and chairs and hit some guests. According to local sources, the combination of a strong wave and rising sea levels due to climate change triggered the tidal wave.
The complex territory of the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaii are tropical islands, located at a latitude between 23 ° and 18 ° North.
The capital of the archipelago is Honolulu, which is located on the island of Oahu and is the largest city. Other important islands are the Big Island, which has two main airports Hilo and Kailua / Kona and the town of Kamuela / Waimea; the island of Maui, with the Kahului airport and the centers of Lahaina, Wailuku, Hana, and Kihei, and the island of Kauai, with the Lihue airport and the towns of Poipu, Hanalei and Waimea.
Other inhabited islands are Molokai, Lanai, Niihau privately owned and difficult to access. The small islands, mostly atolls, ranging from Nihoa to Kure are also considered part of Hawaii, the island of Midway Island unlike all the others is under direct federal control.
The Hawaiian Islands are among the most isolated emerged lands in the world: they are in fact almost 4 000 km from both the American coast and Tahiti and over 1 000 km from some islands of the Kiribati group. The archipelago belongs geographically to the continent of Oceania.
Almost all of the Hawaiian islands are of volcanic origin. The prevailing hypothesis indicates the presence of a heat spot in the Earth's mantle that causes the formation of underwater and surface volcanoes. The displacement of the Pacific ocean plate explains the fact that islands further to the west are older than those to the east.
The island of Hawaii is the most recent and includes five main volcanoes, the most active of which is Kilauea, followed in the southern half of the island by Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, and by Hualālai.
The other two volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Kohala, are not historically active. Haleakalā volcano, in the eastern half of the island, is Maui's main volcano. The relatively lightly viscous lava of the Havaian volcanoes gives rise to cones with a slight slope and similar in shape to ancient shields; among them are the most well-known so-called effusive volcanoes in the world.
The State of Hawaii has jurisdiction over all the islands of Hawaii except Midway, which belongs to the US federal government.