Waialeale


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Waialeale,

peak, Hawaii: see KauaiKauai
, circular island (1990 pop. 51,177), 549 sq mi (1,422 sq km), 32 mi (52 km) in diameter, N Hawaii, separated from Oahu island to the southeast by Kauai Channel. Lihue (1990 pop.
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, island.
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"We used to operate at a loss during the last few months of the year," says Waialeale. "Now, we are moving all year round.
For example, the windward side of Mount Waialeale, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, has the highest average annual rainfall on record: 460 inches.
They had met before over the past three months, but never without their two most prominent members, Walter "Freckles" Smith and Sonny Waialeale. Smith's Motor Boat Service Inc.
Built in the 1920s, they lace the canyon area to siphon runoff from Mount Waialeale's catch basin, the Alakai Swamp (a broad, green plateau on the canyon's northeast rim).
Suffused in its legends of menehunes, the little people who could build walled fish ponds in one night, or so it was said-to say nothing of the Menehune Ditch, an aqueduct that archaeologists insist was created before the Hawaiians arrived ftom Polynesia-it was happy in the knowledge that its valley at Hanalei was the birthplace of rainbows, that Mount Waialeale, bulging under the green carpet to a height of 5,080 feet, was the wettest spot on earth, spewing waterfalls from every pore to keep this island a verdant paradise.
6 IT could be worse - you could live on Mount Waialeale in Hawaii, where rain falls virtually non-stop, with an average of 460ins coming down every year.
From wherever they lived, family members came to Makaweli, seat of their 51,000 acres of triangular abupua'a running from the top of Mount Waialeale through jungle, pasture, cane lands and West Kauai coastline, and a detached rectangle on the North Shore.
6 IT could be worse - you could live on Mount Waialeale in Hawaii, where rain falls virtually nonstop, with an average of 460ins coming down every year.
Others, like Obayashi Hawaii's 203-unit Waialeale Estates subdivision above Kapaa, and Hanapepe Cliffside--a 188-home project by the state Housing Finance & Development Corp.
JDH-built projects include the 485-home, 315-condominium unit Piilani Village planned community in Kihei, developed by Baldwin Malama, and Obayashi Hawaii Corp.'s 206-home Waialeale Estates affordable-housing project on Kauai.
Mount Waialeale is said to be the wettest spot on earth, and nearby Waimea Canyon was described by Mark Twain as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Ohbayashi Hawaii Corp., another longtime player entered the local market nearly 20 years ago and recently finished selling its latest development, the 240-unit Waialeale Estates affordable-housing project on Kauai.