Best Time To Visit Hawaii

Most people often wonder when the best time to visit Hawaii is. They want to know the weather patterns, when they can get the best deals and so many other things. All these are very relevant questions. The following information will help in answering all these queries.

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The Weather in Hawaii

In Hawaii, the official rainy season starts in winter, which is from November to March. However, most people usually find that the rainy season means nothing in Hawaii. The truth is that it rains almost every day on the different islands regardless of what time of the year it is. However, it often drizzles and heavy downpour only happens once in a while. This is one of the main reasons why the islands in this region are so lush and beautiful.

The weather in Hawaii can be best described by the micro-systems within each island. Different parts receive more rainfall than others. This is because of the prevalent trade winds that blow from east to west. The good thing is that it rarely rains for days at a time. The leeward, or southern and western sides of all the islands are normally warmer and bit drier. The windward, or eastern and northern sides tend to be cooler and wet. An excellent example of this is the big island of Hawaii called Kona. It is located on the leeward side and receives a mere 5-6 inches of rainfall a year.

Hilo Island, which is located on the windward side, receives more than 180 inches of rainfall each year. This makes it the wettest city in the United States. In fact, you will most likely see rain and a rainbow appearing amongst the mountains when you are seated on a sunny beach on the south or west shore. Simply put, if you are a weather person, you could say that it is mostly sunny in Hawaii, but with a little bit of mountain showers. This would be an ideal assessment of Hawaii’s weather patterns.

If you watch the local news in Hawaii, you will most likely notice that the weather segment comes on for just a couple of minutes at the end of every newscast. This is because it’s usually predictable most of the time. The main point is that as far as the weather goes, it’s always a good time to visit Hawaii. The odds are in your favor that the weather will be great. However, the hurricane season in Hawaii officially starts from June to November. The last hurricane to cause major destruction on Hawaii occurred back in September 1992. It was called Iniki and it damaged Kauai.

The Temperature in Hawaii

The average temperatures in Hawaii are between 24 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius. In the winter, it can drop to lows of 18 degrees Celsius. During the summer, the highs can be around 32 degrees Celsius. The Mauna Kea, which is one Hawaii’s big islands, receives some snow on its summit.


When it comes to Hawaii’s temperatures, there are certain considerations that should be taken into account because of its high elevations. The Mauna Kea has an elevation of 13, 770 feet. Temperatures there can get to lows of 4 degrees Celsius. In addition, people can ski and snowboard on the big islands’ summit.

Another example is the Haleakala Crater on Maui. It has an elevation of 10,023 feet and temperatures there can reach highs of 32 degrees. The Kokee State Park on Kauai tends to get quite cool. Its high elevation usually results in temperature lows of around 45 degrees. You should keep all keep this information in mind if you intent to visit Kauai, Maui or the other Big Islands. Apart from them, the temperatures in Hawaii do not vary a whole lot.

Water Temperatures

Water temperatures in Hawaii are usually 23 degrees Celsius all year round. However, in the summer, it can get close to 27 degrees Celsius.

Daylight Hours

Another good thing about vacationing in the tropics is that the daylight hours don’t change too much between summer and winter. Hawaii’s longest and shortest days are around 13 and a half hours and 11 hours respectively. When you compare this to the 14 and a half hours and 10 hours for Southern California, you can actually see the benefits.

The Prices in Hawaii

The high season in Hawaii is usually between mid-December and mid-April. During this period, the flights and accommodations are usually more expensive. The summer months also tend to be quite busy because most kids are on holiday. The time for you to get great deals is during April, May, September, October, and in some cases November.

Special Events

There are also some special events that you must be aware of if you want to get a great deal.

  • The last week of April and during the start of May is referred to as Golden Week in Japan. Most businesses are closed during this time and the island usually receives a huge portion of Japanese tourists.
  • The annual Pro Bowl tournament in Hawaii starts at the beginning of February and is held on Oahu. This is usually the week after the Superbowl. A huge number of people come for the games and end-up making a vacation out of it.
  • The Honolulu Marathon, which takes place on the 2nd Sunday of every December, is also held on Oahu.
  • The Merri Monarch Hula Festival is normally held the week after Easter in Hilo.
  • The Ironman Trithalon World Championships take place on the 2nd Saturday of October. It is a yearly event and is held on the Big Island of Kona.
  • At the beginning of January, the PGA Tour starts off with the Mercedes Open on Maui.
  • The Sony Open comes soon after the Mercedes Open.
So When Is The Best Time To Visit Hawaii?

If you want to get the best deals, you should probably go during the months of April, May, September, October or November.

If you want to get away from the cold, harsh conditions of your area, the best time to visit Hawaii would be January or February.

If you want to spend a relaxing summer with the kids, then the best time would be summer.

The good thing about Hawaii is that the weather is usually great all year round; it all depends on what kind of vacation you want to have.