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Most People Have No Idea You Can Do This One Unique Thing In Hawaii

Did you know that you could visit 10 out of the world’s 14 climate zones without leaving the Hawaiian Islands? According to the Koppen Climate Classification System, the most commonly used method for identifying and defining global climate zones, Hawaii is home to a majority of the world’s major climate zones. And even more impressive – you will find ten of the fourteen total climate zones on just one island: Hawaii Island.

That so many of the world’s climate zones can be found on a small and isolated island chain such as Hawaii – and all of them on a single land mass with a mere 4,028 square miles – is intriguing to say the least.

This revelation came in a 1978 report that celebrated the 20th anniversary of Mauna Loa Observatory, and while the research has not since been duplicated, it is still a pretty fun trivia fact. The ten climate zones of Hawaii Island are listed below, as well as the area in which these zones can be found.

Aren’t we lucky to call such an absolutely fascinating – and environmentally diverse – place home?

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.