I knew that it is much wetter toward Hana but is there a real line? My Google searches showed nothing.
Last week a friend gave me a copy of a USDA report on Water in Maui County. It was quite interesting to read about our aquifers but that is another blog! As I was flipping through it, I found this map and knew this was the answer. It covers a large area, where an inch (if you click on the photo, you can see the full sized version) is 3 miles. I’ve highlighted the towns of Makawao and Haiku in green. I also tried to draw in Kaupaukalua Rd.
You do see that in a very short distance (about 3 miles) you go from 40 inches of rain a year (dry) to 160 inches (wet). Pauwela Point is about where the 60″ line hits the ocean. And just a short distance away and up the mountain, you get 275″ of rain a year.
It just goes to show that in Maui, you can find most any climate you prefer. When you head upcountry these days, fall is definitely in the air! Get out your sweaters.
I live in Kihei where the average rainfall is 12.63 inches. Sometimes it is 3″ and some years it is 30″. Kihei is very dry and the only time long pants is appropriate is at the Movie Theater!
And to my clients who are closing on their beautiful home this Friday…You are on the wet side. It’s a good clue when no sprinkler system is needed! By my estimates, you get about 90″ of rain a year.