Tired of the 120 degree heat waves in the summer, and the below zero temperatures in the winter? Want a lifestyle that gives you a more balanced approach to temperatures all year through?
Welcome to life on the Big Island. That’s one of the top reasons many choose to retire or have second homes here.
But don’t think living in paradise means won’t have to adjust to the weather. The saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” can even apply to some place as ideal as Hawaii. When you live on the Big Island, its perpetual summer 12 months of the year. And when you’re used to four distinct seasons, with temperatures varying 100 degrees or more in that 12 month period, the concept of having the same weather 365 days of the year can be overwhelming.
If you decide to live in Kona, for instance, the average daily temperature never swings more than a few degrees, day or night. When you’re sitting in a sweltering room without air conditioning, Hawaii’s average 75 degree days can sound wonderful. But will it feel as wonderful when you’ve experienced it 365 days in a row?
For us locals, that’s all part of living the summer lifestyle every day of the year. You’ll get used to it too. And if you want a little change every once in awhile … it’s Hawaii, you can find whatever you are looking for when you’re feeling a little reminiscent of home.
The entire world is made up of 13 climate zones. Hawaii has 11 of them. Each zone has its own distinct weather patterns, temperature averages, flora and fauna. You’ll find the topography consists of high and low elevations, rain, winds, even snow. And being on the Big Island means you’ll have access to most. Take a one day drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see as much snow as you desire. The best part of it is once you’ve had your fill, you can drive home … and enjoy a pleasant 75 degrees once more.
Hawaii has distinct differences in seasons. May to September is summer, while October to April is Winter. Summer temperatures will rise a bit, and the winds will feel a bit warmer. You’ll find different things coming to life, depending on the time of the year. Is it subtle? Yes. But it’s what makes Hawaii unique. And when you have a home here, you can plan for it by incorporating summer and winter plants into your landscape, and enjoy the best of each season for a colorful festival year round.
By choosing to live in Kohala or Kona, you’ll choose to live on the dry side of the Big Island. That means we typically won’t receive more than an inch or two of rain each month throughout the year. When you choose to travel to other parts of the Islands, be prepared for a lot more rain. Places like Hilo get up to 200 inches of rain per year, making it the wettest city in the US. Hawaii is lush; there’s a reason for that. And if you live here, you’ll get used to the rain. It almost always rains for 30 to 60 minutes before it clears and is back to normal once again.
Yes, living on the Big Island may mean a big change for your lifestyle. But right about now, sitting in that 120 degree heat wave, it’s sounding pretty good, right?
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