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The Two Conflicting Winds of Kawaihae

July 12, 2012

The conflicting winds of Kawaihae. (NPS Photo by Park Ranger Joon So)

From the days of the old, Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaii has been known for two conflicting winds: the Mumuku wind from the uplands, and the Naulu wind from the sea. Visitors to  Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site daily experience these conflicting winds and can testify to the age-old Hawaiian observation: Na makani paio lua o Kawaihae. “The two conflicting winds of Kawaihae.”

As well, the newly installed weather station at the park has also been providing scientific data that appears to justify this saying:

Wind rose from the weather station at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, showing strong “conflicting” winds from the east and west over the past month.

Click here to see the latest weather observations from Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site! 


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  1. Local knowledge of climate and winds contributes to building of a Visitor Center at Puʿukohola Heiau National Historic Site : Pacific RISA – Managing Climate Risk in the Pacific

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