One of the lovely beauties of Hawaii is the trade winds. Almost ever-present, it is the softest of breezes—a kiss—that keep everyone so comfortable, even with relatively high humidity.

Of course the Hawaiians named these NE to ENE prevailing winds long before white people arrived. But we know them as “trade winds” because the English-speaking, ship-sailing, cargo-bearing travelers relied on them for navigation and swift passage in the subtropics.

Trade winds are the most common winds here—90% in the summer and 50% in the winter. When there are no winds at all, the air feels heavy and humid. Then there are the beastly Kona winds, blowing from the opposite direction, and bringing heat, humidity, stormy weather, and/or vog (volcanic fog) to the islands. No surprise, everyone eagerly awaits the quick return of the blessed trade winds.