The climate zones in Hawaii are a unique and interesting thing! 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 10 of the 14 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 10 climate zones of Hawaii Island are listed below, as well as the area in which these zones can be found.

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Aren’t we lucky to call such an absolutely fascinating – and environmentally diverse – place home? Did you know that the climate zones in Hawaii were so diverse? Let us know in the comments below!

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Climate Zones in Hawaii

Which island has the most climate zones?

The Big Island in Hawaii has the most climate zones, coming in at eight separate climate zones across the entire island, even such interesting ones as tropical monsoon! It’s actually considered one of the most ecologically diverse places in the entire world.

Would Hawaii be considered tropical or subtropical?

Hawaii is considered a tropical climate, with varying sub climates all across the island chain, and many different ones on each and every island. The Tropical sub zone is called Humid Tropical Climates, and it’s characterized by peak rainfall during winter months. It’s actually one of the only places in the world with this climate zone.

What part of which island in Hawaii is considered the most desirable?

The Big Island has a sub climate on the Kohala Coast, and it gets an average of only 10 inches of rainfall each year. That means that this little spot on the Big Island has the most sunny days out of anywhere in the Hawaiian islands.