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Wai·a·le·a·le

or Wai'a·le'a·le  (wī-ä′lā-ä′lā)
A mountain, 1,569 m (5,148 ft) high, of central Kauai in Hawaii. Its summit is one of the rainiest spots on earth.
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Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is a breathtaking island characterized by tropical rainforests and one of the wettest mountains on earth, Mount Waialeale. Along its stunning beaches is the Napali Coast, where waterfalls crash into the ocean.
Unless you raise pineapples, which consist of 80 percent water, in the shadow of Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai--the wettest or second wettest place on Earth, with 460 inches of annual rainfall--you likely know something about the importance of giving your garden a timely watering.
The helicopter did not.Pilot Dana Rosendal, who grew up on Oahu and has been flying for the company for eight years, got us settled and seat-belted, and we were off, whisking the 17 or so miles across the sometimes-rough Kaulakahi Channel.AoKauai steals all the rain,Ao Rosendal explained.Whereas parts of Kauai bathe in rain (the summit of Mount Waialeale is said to get 400 inches a year), Niihau gets a dozen or so.It was 1863 when Elizabeth SinclairAAEs sons, James and Francis, first saw the approximately 17-by-5-mile island.
6 IT could be worse - you could live on Mount Waialeale in Hawaii, where rain falls virtually non-stop, with an average of 460ins coming down every year.
(In comparison, the annual average for London is a mere 615 millimetres.) Although the town was recently displaced by Mount Waialeale in Hawaii and neighbouring Mawsynram for the title of 'wettest place', its residents are quick to point out how Mount Waialeale's record rainfall falls only over five square kilometres of an uninhabited island in the middle of an ocean, and that Mawsynram maintains no proper or rigorous meteorological records.
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