"Waialeale" Waialeale Tip by furioso

Waialeale, Kauai: 1 reviews and 1 photos


Favorite thing: Waialeale ("Rippling Water"), with a height of 5,148 feet (1,569 m), is a dissected (eroded) dome that is part of a central mountain mass which includes Kawaikini (5,243 feet [1,598 m]), the island's highest peak, immediately south. Waialeale is located at the southeastern edge of an extinct caldera that is now a plateau called Alakai Swamp. Shrouded in clouds, Waialeale is one of the world's wettest spots. Over a period of 32 years the average annual rainfall was 460 inches (11,685 mm), the highest in the world. In 1982, 666 inches (16,916 mm) of rain were recorded on the peak, establishing an official record. Only a few miles away, however, the rainfall drops dramatically to only 10 inches (250 mm) a year.

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  • Written Dec 18, 2002
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