Kauai is known as the garden isle because of it’s lush green cliffs and valleys. Anyone with a green thumb knows that sunshine and rain are two essentials for growing a healthy garden. Kauai is blessed with a nice balance of both.
In comparison to the large resort areas on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island, Kauai does experience a bit more rain. Is that a problem? Not usually and your reward after a rain shower is a beautiful rainbow!
As you plan your Kauai vacation, you’ll probably want to know where the sunniest spots are. This consideration is probably more important in the wetter, winter months, than it is in the significantly more sunny summer months. Here are the major resort areas listed in order of most sunshine.
- Poipu and Waimea on the South is by far your best bet for dry sunny days, as it averages around 35 inches of rain per year.
- Kapaa and Lihue on the eastern side of Kauai would be your second best choice with an average rainfall of 48 inches per year.
- The North Shore (including Princeville and Hanalei) is gorgeous and very lush for a reason, it gets around 85 inches of rain annually. Even though it does get more rain, the North Shore is actually one of my favorite places to stay on the island.
On Kauai is that it’s pretty easy to navigate your way from one end of the island around to the other in just over an hour. So, if you find yourself in a rain shower on the North Shore, just drive around to the South Shore where you’re more likely to find the sun.
If you’ve been to Kauai, please tell us what your weather experience was like.