Dry season ends: E. Hawaii lacked rain while W. Hawaii saw above-average rainfall

A hiker looks over Wai’ale Falls on Monday near the Piihonua Bridge in Hilo. The water flow has been lighter than usual recently. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

The last month of the dry season was emphatically so for the windward Big Island, and the National Weather Service’s only official rain gauge to measure rainfall in double-digits in September was in Kona’s coffee belt, which experiences its rainy season in the summer.