The Hawaiian island microclimates fascinate me. Both Maui and the Big Island offer perfect examples of how rain shadow areas work, each having distinctly different weather on the windward and leeward sides of their respective mountains. Over on the north and east sides of Maui, you can find some of the lushest rain forest you’ll find anywhere. Every single empty patch of ground is covered in plant life and, in the darker areas, every square inch is covered in moss and lichen.
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