Hanauma Bay was formed approximately 30,000 years ago during the Honolulu series of volcanic eruptions in the Hawaiian Island Chain. This amazing landscape took it shape as the violent explosions of gasses and magma made their way up from the bottom of the ocean. The resulting caldera was formed as fine volcanic ash from the explosions finally settled and cooled creating the tuff cone that we see today. In addition, after thousands of years of ocean erosion, one side of the caldera collapsed allowing ocean water to fill the space and create the bay.
The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is open to the public from 6:00am to 6:00pm HST, six days a week. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays. For additional information about the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, please visit their website http://hanaumabaystatepark.com.