Approximately six million years ago the island of Kaua'i breached the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the product of centuries of volcanic buildup from the Pacific tectonic plate passing over an area now known as the "Hawaiian hotspot". The oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is home to over 67,000 people and numerous exotic wildlife, including 48 endangered species. Near the center of the island are Kaua'i's famous peaks: the towering Kawaikini (5,243 ft) and its sibling Mount Wai'ale'ale (5,148 ft). While technically the shorter of the two, Mount Wai'ale'ale fosters one of the wettest climates in the world, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches on its leeward side. Runoff from this area forms the Waimea River, a source for Kaua’i’s many scenic waterfalls and chief sculptor of the Waimea Canyon, dubbed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific."
This handmade 13.5" x 13.5" x 2” artwork attempts to capture the story of Kaua’i’s geological formation: beginning beneath the ocean and rising up to meet the sky. Fifteen bathymetric and topographic layers detail the dynamic isle in stunning detail, all housed in a solid-wood frame and finished with an engraved brass plaque. Each piece from the Lithos Project is handmade, and a portion of every sale goes back to the National Parks Service. Purchase one today to commemorate a trip, celebrate your home, or treat for the map-lover, explorer, or dreamer in your life.
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