When most people hear the word “Maui,” they don’t think of a scene like this. But all of the Hawaiian islands have a similar geographical division in which the prevailing winds bring tons of rain to the east and north sides, while the west and south sides are very dry. Since every island is actually a volcano, each one has a tall peak that blocks the moisture-laden winds from reaching the opposite side.
In fact, the word “kona” in Hawaiian means “leeward” — it refers to the dry side of the island, the side protected from the winds.
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