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Puu Kukui

Puu Kukui

Puu Kukui is a mountain peak in Hawaii. It is the highest peak of Mauna Kahalawai (the West Maui Mountains). The 1764 m summit rises above the Puu Kukui Watershed Management Area, an 8661 acre private nature preserve maintained by the Maui Land & Pineapple Company. The peak was formed by a volcano whose caldera eroded into what is now Iao Valley. Puu Kukui is one of the wettest spots on Earth and the second wettest in the state after Mount Waialeale, receiving an average of 386.5 in of rain a year. Rainwater unable to drain away flows into a bog. The soil is dense, deep, and acidic. Puu Kukui is home to many endemic plants, insects, and birds, including the greensword (Argyroxiphium grayanum), a distinctive bog variety of `ohi`a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha var. pseudorugosa) and many lobelioid species. Due to the mountain peak's extreme climate and peat soil, many species, such as the ohia, are represented as dwarfs. Access to the area is restricted to researchers