Hawaii's Diverse Terrain Makes For Spectacular Rainfalls

Did you know that ancient Hawaiians had 200 names for rain?

Rather than dreary, gray rainstorms, Hawaiians often enjoy ililani, "an unexpected drenching from a seemingly clear sky."

According to Maui Magazine, Hawaii experiences such rain diversity thanks to the trade winds and vacillating temperatures.

"Our precipitation ranges from lacy, tiptoeing mists to roof-rattling downpours," the magazine says. "It often changes personality from one street to the next."

Below, the many types of ua in Hawaii:

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated incorrectly that ancient Hawaiians had 2,000 names for rain. There were 200.

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