Restless sea off Puna-Ka‘ū


The kai hohonu of Puna and Ka‘ū is very choppy and full of whitecaps, and Ka Lae O ‘Āpua is bounded by white breakers on all sides; surf pounds the coastal areas of Keauhou-Kapāpala in Ka‘ū. Strong trade winds pass over the east rift zone of Kīlauea and accelerate, interacting with deep tropical heat coming from the southeast. Here is visible the last/first ahupua‘a of Puna, ‘Āpua, with Ka‘ū beyond.


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