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Our wonderful island is focusing on keeping safe during the Coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 is impacting many of our local businesses, including KONAWEB, but we are happy to be onboard with the required preventive measures. We will not be charging our advertisers until personal movement and travel are deemed safe.
On June 25, 2020, a statewide order from Governor Ige states that you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Hawai'i. Beginning August 1, individuals with a valid negative test up to 72 hours prior to their trip will be exempt from the quarantine.
Be aware that others on your flight may not have opted to test early and may be infected.

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Keep Hawai'i in your hearts, and we will LOVE to see you when the time is right!   -Konabob and Shirley
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Climates

and Rainfall

on the Big Island



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Big Island rainfall Climates vary a lot as you travel around the Big Island. Rainfall, for example, varies from under ten inches a year (desert) to over 300 inches a year (rainforest). The map will give you an idea for the wet and dry areas of the island.

Many of our microclimates are the result of changes of altitude. The higher altitudes of Volcano Village and Waimea can give visitors a respite from the heat of lower altitudes, but the temperature can drop into the 40s and 50s, surprising those who are not dressed for cool temperatures. A sweatshirt and long pants are always good to have on the island, just in case!

Wind is another variable to be considered. Tradewinds typically come out of the northeast, bringing moisture. Not surprisingly, the northeast side of the island has a lot of rainfall, which produces streams, waterfalls and lush vegetation.
The five mountains that comprise the Big Island partially block this flow of moist air, creating dry parts of the Big Island.
Occasionally, wind patterns shift and the "Kona Winds" come out of the south bringing stormy weather to the drier parts of the island.
Finally, keep in mind that there are four areas of the Big Island that are very often windy - North Kohala, South Point, Waimea, and the Saddle Road (including the high altitude Maunakea).

     

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