The Big Island of Hawaii is home to almost all of earth’s climates. I’ve not been able to find the absolute answer and scale used to scientifically count the number of climates, but I’ve been told that Hawaii has every micro-climate except for extreme cold and extreme heat. Luckily, we don’t need to be scientist to appreciate the contrasts of all the environments of Hawaii.
I’ll kick of the new series of Hawaii in contrasts with fire and ice. We get the fire from the active lava flow of Kilauea Volcano and the ice from the snow capped summit of Mauna Kea.
Fire at the active lava flow at Waikupanaha near Kalapana
Ice at the snow capped cinder cones at near 14,000 feet above sea level on Mauna Kea