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Hawaii’s microclimates

Each island has a dry southwestern side and a wet northeastern side, and thus climates can range from hot, arid desert to cool, drenched rainforest. The drier southwestern areas are rainier in summer; northeastern sides see more rain in winter. To complicate matters, mauka regions (mountain side of the island) are cooler—three degrees colder per 1,000 feet—and rainier than the makai (near the ocean) regions.

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