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Old 10-31-13, 08:20 PM
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Circumnavigating Hawaii

Can anyone tell me which direction would put the wind at my back more often than not while circumnavigating the big island in December?
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Old 10-31-13, 10:11 PM
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WOW! That must be one BEA-U-TI-FUL tour! I am jealous.....someday...someday.

Did a google search for prevailing wind and found this great info!
http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/htmlfiles/we...ir.html#HAWAII
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The terms "windward" and "leeward" apply. In Hawaii, the tradewinds typically blow from the northeast. They're not as consistent during the winter, however. Regardless, the contrast between the windward and leewards sides of the Hawaiian islands is remarkable. Lush and green on the northeastern windward half of each island, and often desert-like on the southwestern leeward halves.

If you're circumnavigating, the direction you ride is unlikely to make much difference insofar as the wind is concerned, so I would ride counter-clockwise so that your view of the ocean is unimpeded by traffic. I rode from Hilo to Kona counter-clockwise after first riding up to Hawaii-Volcanoes National Park. I don't recall any particularly strong winds anywhere.
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I rode counter-clockwise in January (1997) for same reason axolotl mentions - because I was cycling on the ocean side of the road. I also didn't have particularly strong winds, though on different trip cycling from Kona to the Saddle Road, I did have some stronger winds coming from north.
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Originally Posted by Brucegordon View Post
Can anyone tell me which direction would put the wind at my back more often than not while circumnavigating the big island in December?
The trade winds blow nearly year round as mentioned from the NE - more north in the winter and more south in the summer. Occasionally the wind blows from the west which is called a Kona wind. You can't ride around the whole island. There is no road on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. There are hiking trails down into some magnificent valley. The highway on the southeast coast is closed in places due to lava flows but you can ride around them by going up mountain.

The Big Island of Hawai'i is made up of five mountains, two of which are the largest mountains on the planet. They have a big influence on the direction and speed of the wind.

I wrote an article on bicycling the Waimea District, which might be of interest to you.
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Very helpful WF. Thanks a bunch. Are you saying highway 11 (the southeast) is Blocked with lava flows but passable by going up and around? Great blog on CGOAB.
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Yes it's going to be fun Lurch. I'm introducing touring to a buddy. So keeping the days short on distance, tall on rewards.
I've got the "weather undergrounds wundermap app" on my iPad and have been trying to figure out wind patterns for Hawaii. But Axolotl and Mev make a good point. Riding counterclockwise makes for an unimpeded ocean view. Definetely a big consideration. Thanks for the link. That might help me make a decision.

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Old 11-02-13, 12:43 AM
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Thanks everyone. Impressive response time. This seems like a great forum. I could've used it during my global circumnavigation.
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