Kona Plant Life At 700 Feet
Flora Biodiversity: Located over 2,300 miles from the nearest continental shore, the Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated group of islands on the planet. The biodiversity of the native plants and animals that live in the Hawaiian islands is stunning, diverse and beautiful. On the northern and eastern sides of the Hawaiian islands are expanse and luxuriant rainforests which contain a profusion of species of trees, shrubs, birds, and insects. The eastern side of the islands has the highest rainfall totals.
The southern and western sides of the Hawaiian islands are places that lie in the rain shadow of the mountains and may receive just a few inches of rain a year.
The Kona Climate: The temperature is consistent year-round, providing an extended growing period for plants.
Plant Life At 700 Feet Elevation: Just so you know, there are over 2,200 flowering plants (half of which are alien to the islands) and there are over 750 ‘other plants; (a third of which are alien) – this totals to over 3,000 plant species in Hawaii. Scientific studies estimate 800 of native Hawaiian plant species listed as endangered.
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Kona Annual Precipitation: Annual precipitation in some areas can reach 400 inches. This is because the trade winds drop their moisture on up-sloping hills and mountainsides, as they move from east to west. Click here for the current Kona weather 10-day forecast.
While parts of Kona receive as little as eight inches per year in some locations, plant diversity is clear. Higher elevations, say, over 1,500 feet receive much more rain than sea level. Thus, the slopes of Hualalai are typically ‘greener’ as you increase in elevation.
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