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|Date:||9/19/2014 3:38:22 PM
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|Dear Pepper and Jamaica
Put on your swim sutes or rain gear
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.
OK, every one needs to get a raincoat from the equipment tent and another box lunch from the food tent.
That’s because we are going to the wettest place on Earth and it is also on Hawaii.
Mt. Waialeale on Hawaii's Kauai Island is the rainiest and wettest spot on the planet with an average of over 472 inches or 39 feet (12 meters) of precipitation each year. In 1982, 666 inches (16,916 mm) of rain were recorded on the peak, establishing an official record.
Only a few miles away, however, the amount of rain drops dramatically to only 10 inches (250 mm) a year. The name Waialeale in Hawaiian means “Rippling Water”.
This mountain is only 5148 feet (1569 m) high. It is the second highest spot on Hawaii. We were at the highest spot yesterday.
Deep faulting and water erosion have carved canyons in the mountain’s flanks. Three valleys radiate northward: Wainiha, Lumaha‘i, and Hanalei. To the west is Waimea Canyon—Hawaii’s “Little Grand Canyon,” or the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
The focus of a nearly 1,900-acre (750-hectare) state park, Waimea Canyon is some 16 miles (26 km) long and 1 to 2 miles (1.6 to 3.2 km) wide and is as much as 3,600 feet (1,100 m) deep.
Precipitation at Mount Waialeale supplies numerous waterfalls (the largest of which is the 800-foot [245-m] cascade of Waipo‘o Falls), sending down rushing streams on all sides to feed the only navigable rivers in the state.
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