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Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon Drive
Waimea, Hawaii, 96796

Waimea Canyon
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Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, approximately ten miles (16 km) long and up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep, located on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States.
The west side of the canyon is all thin, west-dipping lavas of the Napali Member, while the east side is very thick, flat-lying lavas of the Olokele and Makaweli Members. The two sides are separated by an enormous fault along which a large part of the island moved downwards in a big collapse.

Waimea is Hawaiian for "reddish water", a reference to the erosion of the canyon's red soil.

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