On Paradise Mountain

Subject: Mauna Kahalawai
Maui, Hawaii
Rising more than a vertical mile out of the sea, the sloping peak of Pu'u Kukui is the highest in Mauna Kahalawai on the island of Maui. In addition to its stunning ocean views, this is among the wettest spots on earth: Pu'u Kukui is drenched by an average of 386.5 inches of rain per year (compare that to Seattle's 36 annual inches), saturating the soil and draining relentlessly into the watershed area and nature preserve below.

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