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Sunny Kohala Coast


The driest and sunniest area of the Island is found on the Kohala Coast. Home to the Kohala Resort Area, the sunny Kohala Coast gets an average of just 10 inches of rainfall per year, making it the most popular part of the Island for vacationers! This area has the highest number of sunny days in the entire state of Hawaii! The trade-off for this dry sunny weather is that there tends to be more wind here. As the lava fields heat up during the day, air from the ocean rushes in and creates convective afternoon breezes.

A huge benefit of the weather and terrain in this area is that the water around the Kohala Coast is the calmest and clearest water in the state! You’ll find the best beaches here as well, some of which have been consistently rated as Top 5 in the US, making this the best place for water sports and activities.

The Kohala Coast has been cultivated with much more greenery than other areas on the West side of the Island. Tropical gardens fill the resorts, and many tropical plants grow around the pristine beaches. There are several golf courses in the resorts as well, each boasting their own beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding area.

The Kohala Resort area is made up of three main resorts: Mauna Lani Resort, Mauna Kea Resort and Waikoloa Beach Resort. All three have their own unique accommodations, amenities and features. Luckily, with them being close by to one another, it’s easy to explore all three during your visit, regardless of where you choose to stay.

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