Waialeale

Waialeale | Waiʻaleʻale | Mount Waiʻaleʻale

Receiving an average annual rainfall of approximately 500 inches, Waialeale is often referred to as the wettest spot on earth. However “Big Bog” on Maui gets even more rainfall than Waialeale! It’s no wonder that the name Wai‘ale‘ale means “rippling or overflowing water” in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian religious relics made from rocks called heiau have been found on Waialeale, and are believed to be remnants from sojourners making the difficult trek to the top of wet Waialeale to offer gifts to the Hawaiian god, Kane.

Even though it is the second highest point on the island of Kauaʻi, Waialeale is a shield volcano, meaning it lays low to the ground, appearing like a warrior’s shield.

Country: United States

State: Hawaii

Mountain Range: Hawaiian Islands

Elevation: 5,148 feet

Fun Fact: Waialeale is the second highest point on the island of Kauaʻi.

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Mount Waialeale known as the wettest spot on Earth, Kauai, Hawaii | MNStudio

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