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Polynesia

Range TypeArchipelago
Highest PointMauna Kea (13,796 ft/4205 m)
CountriesUnited States (69%), French Polynesia (12%), Samoa (12%), Kiribati (2%), Tonga (2%), Niue (1%), American Samoa (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area9,337 sq mi / 24,182 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent3,443 mi / 5,541 km North-South
4,274 mi / 6,878 km East-West
Center Lat/Long19° 35' N; 155° 26' W
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Map of Polynesia
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.

Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Polynesia.
Australia-OceaniaLevel 1 (Parent)
         New GuineaLevel 2 (Sibling)
         Lesser Australian RangesLevel 2 (Sibling)
         Great Dividing RangeLevel 2 (Sibling)
         New ZealandLevel 2 (Sibling)
         MicronesiaLevel 2 (Sibling)
         MelanesiaLevel 2 (Sibling)
         PolynesiaLevel 2
                 HawaiiLevel 3 (Child)
                 Central PolynesiaLevel 3 (Child)
                 SamoaLevel 3 (Child)
                 Southern PolynesiaLevel 3 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Polynesia

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange3
1.Mauna Kea13,7964205Hawaii
2.Mauna Loa13,6794169Hawaii
3.Puu Poliahu13,6314155Hawaii
4.Pohaku Hanalei12,4233787Hawaii
5.Steaming Cone11,7873593Hawaii
6.Puu Keonehehee11,560+3523+Hawaii
7.Dewey Cone11,4053476Hawaii
8.Haleakala10,0233055Hawaii
9.Haleakala Wilderness High Point9680+2950+Hawaii
10.Kilohana96682947Hawaii
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange3
1.Mauna Kea13,7964205Hawaii
2.Mont Orohena73522241Southern Polynesia
3.Mauga Silisili60961858Samoa
4.Mont Ooumu38881185Central Polynesia



Photos of Peaks in the Polynesia

Mauna Kea

The summit area of Mauna Kea is a rocky moonscape of talus and scree, ascended by a road to service the numerous telescopes near the summit (1993-12-04).
Haleakala

From the summit of Red Hill, the vast crater of Haleakala sprawls out below to the east (1998-11-17).
Puu Kukui
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Walking the boardwalk toward Pu'u Kukui, Maui (2010-12-01). Photo by Ken Jones.
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Kilauea
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View from of the crater Jaggar museum overlook (near Kilauea summit) at night (2014-05-12). Photo by Jason Curtis.
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Kaala

The highest point on Oahu rises above sugarcane fields from the North Shore (1993-12-09).
Lanaihale
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The island of Lanai and Lanaihale, its highest mountain, are practically the same thing (2010-12-04). Photo by Ken Jones.
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Mount Tantalus
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Bamboo grove on way to Mount Tantalus (Pu'u Ohi'a) (2010-08-21). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Pu'u Piel
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Looking generally west across the Kahana Bay at Pu'u Piel's northeast ridge (2010-08-28). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Nounou Ridge

Nounou, or Sleeping Giant, is a low ridge on the lush eastern side of Kauai (1993-12-07).
Kohelepelepe
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The standard route to Kohelepelepe is an abandoned inclined railroad track - a narrow gaged track with over 1000 railroad ties at abt 30" spacing (2010-08-18). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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