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Kauai's Unique Micro-Climates

It is important to the visitor and potential property buyer to understand that along the coastline, where almost 98% of people live, the rainfall is only 5-10% of the center of the island. The closer to the ocean, the lower the rainfall.

Kauai may be regarded as a micro-continent - you can travel to different areas of the island and experience the changing weather patterns, from rain forest to high desert. The island of Kauai is regarded by many as the most beautiful island of all Hawaiian Islands, and among the most beautiful in the world. Kauai's 550 square miles offer a variety of microclimates and life styles.

In the center of Kauai is a mile-high extinct volcano, Mt. Wai'ale'ale, one of the rainiest spots on earth at over 400 inches each year. This creates spectacular waterfalls and rivers which cascade down the steep sides of this and many other extinct volcanoes, visible mostly from Princeville, Hanalei, and the North Shore. This high rainfall is exclusive to the center of Kauai, several miles from the coastal areas, because of the mountaintop micro-climate.

Click on the underlined areas in this box for more information about that micro-climate.

Kauai Monthly Rainfall
Main Geographic Areas

  • North Shore
    Kilauea, Princeville - 3-4"
    Hanalei, Haena, Wainiha - 5-7"
  • Eastside - 2-6"
    Anahola, Kealia, Kapaa, Wailua
  • Downtown - 2-6"
    Hanamaulu, Puhi, and Lihue, our county seat
  • South Shore - 3-4"
    Koloa, Poipu, Lawai, Kalaheo
  • Westside - 1-3"
    Port Allen, Hanapepe, Ele'ele, Waimea, Kekaha, Mana
  • Na Pali - 6-7"
    Na Pali (literally, 'The Cliffs,' in Hawaiian), the State Parks around Na Pali and Waimea Canyon, most of the inaccessible-by-road island interior
Kauai Micro-climates weather map

Rainfall Comparison to other Island Resort Areas

  • Oahu - Honolulu 1-4" monthly
  • Big Island - Kona Coast 3-5" monthly
  • Big Island - Kohala Coast 1-2" monthly
  • Big Island - Hilo 5-12" monthly
  • Maui - Wailea 3-4" monthly
  • Maui - Ka'anapali 1-4" monthly


Kauai Weather statistics courtesy of the University of Hawaii, gathered over many decades (Univ. of Hawaii Press, Atlas of Hawaii, 3rd Ed., pages 56-57).

Donna Rice, Realtor Broker for Elite Pacific Properties, Kauai, Hawaii

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