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96790 KULA HI
Kula is a district of Maui, Hawaii, that stretches across the “up-country”, the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā, from Makawao to Ulupalakua. Most of the residential areas lie between about 500 to 1,100 m (1,800 ft to 3,700 ft) in elevation. The district has traditionally been where full-time residents prefer to live, as distinct from the generally hotter and busier, more tourism-oriented towns near sea level, such as Kihei and Lahaina.There are many micro-climates created by the combined effects of elevation, rain shadow, and land contour. Much of the west slopes of East Maui are dry or semi-desert due to a rain shadow effect: the prevailing trade-winds are from the north-east and east and Kula is in the “shadow” of these winds. At the higher elevations and at night, especially in winter, temperatures dip into the 40’s or high 30’s. Frosts are virtually unknown except at much higher elevations (7,000 ft or 2,100 m) on Haleakala.
There is a distinctive weather feature known as the “Maui vortex”. A wind vortex forms as the trade-winds pass around the north-west corner of Haleakala (over Pukalani) and blow southward down the central valley of Maui over Maalaea Bay and then circle back up-slope over Kihei bringing a “lei of clouds” late most mornings over Kula. Around sunset, the downward breezes from the summit wipe out these clouds.
INCOME:The income per capita is $38,740, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $74,403.
POPULATION:Estimated zip code population in 2011: 8,331
Zip code population in 2010: 8,065
Zip code population in 2000: 6,690