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Kohala Beaches, Hawai'i

Hapuna BeachThe Kohala Region on the Big Island of Hawai'i contains the the world famous Kohala Coast, and the increasingly popular Waikoloa Resort Areas. It is located in the Northwest portion of the Big Island of Hawai'i, and consists of two distinct geographic areas referred to as North Kohala and South Kohala. North Kohala is the historic birthplace of King Kamehameha I and many historic landmarks remain today near the epic coastline. A dramatic sense of contrast exists in North Kohala, as you reach the northern most portion of the Island of Hawai'i. The rain effect from the Hamakua Region creates distinctly green and lush demarkations as you proceed easterly, and weather changes are common even within the context of a single driving trip.

North Kohala Landsat South Kohala is only moments away from the Kona Region of the Big Island of Hawai'i, and you will be struck immediately with the dramatic effects that an enormous lava desert can impart on the climate and cosmetics of a Region. The last lava flow here cascaded from Mauna Loa in 1859, leaving a large dried river of stone in its wake. The cumulative effect of all the historic volcanic activity in this area, which represents hundreds of square miles of land, and is composed of various darker colored lava rock, creates a meteorological phenomena which repeatedly escalates temperatures in the afternoon sun. This creates a "drying" effect convection, that often generates its own weather system sufficent to keep rain clouds at bay. Only 10 to 30 inches of rain fall in this area per year, which allows vistors a high probability of warm dry weather during their stay.

Kohala Kite SurfingAfternoon breezes are predictable here as well, as the sea air rushes in to replace the warming air rising over the lava desert. This allows beach enthusiasts access to larger waves for Boogie Boarding, Kite Surfing, Surfing, as well as Wind Surfing. If you are planning swimming and snorkeling you wil be very pleased as well. The lack of rain water in these coastal areas provides some of the clearest visibility in the Islands of Hawai'i. Plan your snorkeling trips for the morning to insure the best conditions and smoothest seas.

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