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, but are just as diverse as well.
The Kona Climate: The temperature is consistent year-round, providing an extended growing period for plants. At the 700 feet of elevation, there is a ‘Goldilocks’ zone, high enough that rain is more plentiful than at sea level and more comfortable, cooler temperatures can prevail because of the ‘Kona Lanai.’ It is one of the reasons causing ‘Kona coffee’ to be world famous.
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 of Hawaii 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. But in Kona, you will receive about 20 inches of rain per year.
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Higher elevations, along the slopes of Hualalai, receive more rain, so you have even greater plant diversity.
A video on plants in Hawaii: