South Shore or North Shore …You Be the Judge
In all the other Hawaiian islands all of the tourist hotels and most of the vacation rentals are on the south shores of the Islands. Kauai is unusual in that there are resorts on both North and South Shores. On the North Shore, most of the vacation rentals are clustered in Princeville, and on the South Shore Poipu is the only resort area.
To help visitors to Kauai we have put together the following comparisons between these two main visitor destination areas.
Average Solar Energy in Kilowatt Hours/square meter/day Month Princeville – Poipu Ratio
Thus on average Poipu area receives 22 % more sun year-round than the Princeville area. The difference is especially noticeable during the months of June and July. These are the months in winter when the trade winds are strongest and bring a lot of rain to the north shore while the south shore stays dry. In terms of temperatures, the difference in sunshine typically translates to about five degrees higher average temperature in Poipu during winter and 3-5 degrees during the summer. The trade winds without their rain keep the temperatures in Poipu at comfortable low eighties as you can see from the above table