Hawaii is the rainbow capital of the world
It's no doubt that Rainbows are one of the most beautiful natural phenomena of nature. Rainbows are caused by the reflection, refraction, and scattering of light in raindrops, and the location and climate of Hawaii make it the perfect place to experience rainbows. The subtropical climate of Hawaii and the general weather pattern, dominated by trade winds, lead to frequent rains and clear skies between rains.
Another reason for frequent rainbows is the mountains of Hawaii. which increase the flow of trade winds, forming clouds and producing rain. Without mountains, Hawaii would be a desert with little annual rainfall of 17 inches.
The air on the Hawaiian Islands is exceptionally clean and free of pollution, contributing to the many bright rainbows.
Rainbows play a vital role in Hawaiian culture and are often mentioned in their art and language forms. The names used to describe Hawaiian rainbows are:
- Earth-hanging rainbows (uakoko),
- standing rainbow trees (kahili),
- barely visible rainbows (punakea),
- and lunar arcs. (Aneunue kau po).
If you've ever been to Hawaii, you must have seen one of the many types of rainbows here. And if you have never been to Hawaii it's time to pack your bags.
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