Kahoolawe is the smallest of the eight volcanic main islands of Hawaii is . It is located 11.2 kilometers southwest of Maui and southeast of Lana i and is part of Maui County. The island of Kaho olawe (as well as Ni ihau ) is privately owned and can only be entered with permission. There is no permanent population on Kahoolawe.
The island is 18 km long and 10 km wide and has an area of 115.5 km. The highest point is at an elevation of 450 meters of the Pu u O Moa ula Nui on the eastern rim of the crater of Lua Makika. The island is relatively dry because the low increase is little rainfall in the north-east trade can bring. It also lies in the rain shadow of the 3,055 m high Haleakala on Maui. More than a quarter of the island became a saprolithischen eroded base layer.