Wet and Dry

When I initially started looking for places to live in Hawai’i, I put all of my focus on the island of Hawai’i (often referred to as “the Big Island”). A year ago, when I spent a week and a half on Kauai, I fell in love with the island, but opted to look elsewhere for a more permanent home since I had already seen much of what Kauai has to offer. Now, I’m making an assumption here since I can really only speak for three of the eight (main) islands, but I think each island has wet and dry places. The Big Island, which again, I spent a lot of time looking for an apartment on, seems to be divided right down the center by it’s volcanic mountains. Kona is the main city on the dry side in the west and Hilo is the main city on the wet side on the eastern shore of Hawai’i. I’m told that the mountains separating the two are such a barrier that the weather isn’t the only thing that is affected – apparently it’s nearly impossible to hear a Hilo radio station in Kona. You gotta love the power of nature.

So the Big Island has wet and dry spots, well Kauai does too. While vacationing there, I remember being told that Kauai was home to THE wettest spot on earth, receiving well over 400 inches of rain annually. Thankfully, our condo was not built in that particular spot which happened to be more centrally located on the island. But on the rainy days, all we had to do was hop in the car and drive a few dozen miles south to get away from the moisture.

Here on Molokai the story is similar to the other islands. One end of the island receives quite a bit of rainfall while the other, where my town is, remains relatively dry. In fact, as I wrote about in a previous post, we’ve only really had one good rain here since my arrival two months ago.

Now, since the extremes of this island are so, well, extreme, I figured each section of the island deserved its own post, but here are two photos to wet your appetite. 

The dry:


The wet:Image

I like the balance created by the sun and the rain, it’s a nice metaphor that is easily applied to life. Balance is key. Also, since moving here, I have yet to take either for granted. I enjoy each piece of this island knowing that it could be snowing and well below freezing if I was somewhere else in the world.

One thought on “Wet and Dry

  1. Very interesting post. I wonder if there is a wide transition zone between the wet and dry or is the change from one to the other more abrupt. It must be interesting to have both ecologies so close to each other.

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