Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): What a difference a couple of miles makes - rainfall on Maui

What a difference a couple of miles makes - rainfall on Maui

What a difference a couple of miles makes - rainfall on Maui

Last Thursday was our Upcountry Realtor Caravan, in Kula Maui.  Kula is on the dry side of the island, up on the slopes of Haleakala.  I was driving up from Huelo in Haiku which is on the wet or windward side of the lsland.  In Haiku we are blessed with 50-75 inches of rain or more each year, in a fairly even handed distribution.  Some would even say it rains every day in Haiku.  To see both locations within a short time really makes you appreciate the differences in climate and weather on this small island.  This was a distance of only 20 miles!

Due to the fact that our landscape is dominated by a 10,000 ft high dormant volcano, our weather patterns are formed by this huge obstacle to the flow of air over the Pacific Ocean.  Moisture laden clouds pile up on the windward slopes leaving a vast rain shadow on the far side which is where Kula spreads out.  Kula experiences very little precipitation for most of the year, and what little rain it gets usually comes in one or two months.

To make it easier to understand I'm just going to show you in pictures, all of which were taken on the same day within just a few hours.  

The green ones are taken in Haiku Maui and they show a landscape that is naturally green from rainfall, with no irrigation.

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landscape in Huelo Haiku Maui Hawaii 96708 

landscape in Huelo Haiku Maui Hawaii 96708

The brown ones are taken in Kula Maui, and you can see the dry ground that lacks rainfall.

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the landscape in Kula Maui HI 96790

the landscape in Kula Maui HI 96790

What a dramatic difference of climate in only 20 miles!  If you have ever lived on an island you can appreciate this.  We have almost every microclimate on earth right here on one small island.  If you're thinking of moving to Maui, it's nice to know you can pretty much pick the climate you want.  Where do you want to live on Maui?



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Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • October 11 2010 12:06AM


So beautiful...It must be awesome to live in Hawaii.

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Nice pics Georgina,

It shows what you say like you could never say it.

Love Maui,

Thanks for showing your knowledge and showcasing the Island.


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) over 8 years ago


That is what we love about Hawaii and especially Maui.  We are hoping to visit again in the near future.  We really love the Wailea area. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago

Hey thanks for the quick comments... I'm glad you all like love Maui.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

You may think I am crazy; but when I was a child I watched a Bogie movie where he and his friends were prisoners on an island that had a volcano. Well as stories go the volcano exploded and they went up into the mountains to save a priest and orphan children. Long story short the priest and children got on the last boat out of there and they decided to die with their friend who was pinned under a large tree. Scared me to death!

Every since then I have been afraid to go to an island. Galveston is okay because in my dumb mind I feel like I can get back to the "main land". But the more I see of your island I understand it is very, very big...maybe one day I will be able to go there and not feel anxious.


Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 8 years ago

I remember in Maui, there was one spot along the road where it would be raining all the time. But in less than 2 minutes time, I'd drive into and out of it back to the beautiful weather Hawaii is known for.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Georgina, it is an amazing difference in just 20 miles!  Mother Nature is very interesting! 

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 8 years ago

Sussie you crack me up!  If you come to Maui I promise I won't let the volcano erupt while you're here.

Craig - I'm guessing that spot is on the road to Hana, or maybe it's in Haiku!

C-Team - thanks for dropping in!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

I was in Maui a few weeks ago for a wedding- so much fun and so beautiful

Posted by Andy Kress (Rental Solutions Oahu) over 8 years ago

That has always been an amazing thing to me.  How much difference in weather the islands can experience from one side to the other!  I think it is the Big Island that has extremes in rainfall of 4'' to 440 inches.  Or perhaps it is Kauai.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 8 years ago

Great pictures, makes me to go back there! Also have to make an input . I have seen the Most beautiful rain bows sometimes more than two at the same time.

Posted by Paul Walker, Scott AFB IL Area Realtor (Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

That is really an amazing comparison! I love your photos! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

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