Hawaii: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Find the very best time to go to Hawaii from seasonal averages in many locations like Niihau or Molokai on this page.

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When is the best time to go to Hawaii?

The undisputed paradisiac image of the Hawaiian islands is welcoming all year long; choosing a time that is more conducive than others is having unlimited possibilities. Actually, everything depends on the preferences of the tourists or visitors. Some travelers prefer to relax in Hawaii during the winter, from December to February. Not only can they get away from the prevailing cold in their country, but they also have the opportunity to attend the most prestigious surfing competition, which is held in December. This competition is know as the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Classic. The waves can effectively reach at least 6 meters high. Between late March and early April is when the largest competition of Hula is held, a cultural event that is popular with tourists and takes place throughout the Merrie Monarch Festival. During this period, Hawaii sees an increase in crowds of cultural discovery enthusiasts who have also come to enjoy the perfect weather for sunbathing. In the months of July and August, underwater visibility is just perfect. With calm seas, this is a renowned time for both underwater diving as well as the practice of windsurfing.

So, when is the best time to go to Hawaii? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Hawaii, the weather is good everywhere in January, February, June, July, October and December
  • The weather is good all year in Honolulu (Oahu)
  • On average, the warmest months in Honolulu (Oahu) are May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • December is the wettest month in this city
  • The cities with the best climate are Honolulu (Oahu), Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau, with good weather at least 11 months a year

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Hawaii for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
good to perfect* Hawaii in january
good to perfect* Hawaii in february
tolerable to perfect* Hawaii in march
tolerable to perfect* Hawaii in april
tolerable to perfect* Hawaii in may
good to perfect* Hawaii in june
good to perfect* Hawaii in july
tolerable to good* Hawaii in august
tolerable to good* Hawaii in september
good to perfect* Hawaii in october
tolerable to perfect* Hawaii in november
good to perfect* Hawaii in december

When to go to Hawaii by city

Honolulu (Oahu)

Best time to go to Honolulu (Oahu)

The best months to go to Honolulu (Oahu) are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

island of Hawaii (Big Island)

Best time to go to island of Hawaii (Big Island)

The best months to go to island of Hawaii (Big Island) are january, february, march, april, june, july, august, october, november and december.

Kahoolawe

Best time to go to Kahoolawe

The best months to go to Kahoolawe are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Kauai (Garden Isle)

Best time to go to Kauai (Garden Isle)

The best months to go to Kauai (Garden Isle) are january, february, may, june, july, september, october and december.

Lanai

Best time to go to Lanai

The best months to go to Lanai are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.


Climate and Weather in Hawaii

The Hawaiian archipelago has a pleasant subtropical climate throughout the year. There are two main seasons, the summer and the winter while the weather is delightfully refreshed by the continued presence of trade winds.

Hawaii : Makapuu Beach

The Hawaiian Climate During the Summer

Also called “Kau” on the Hawaiian archipelago, summer extends between May and early October. This is known as the hottest and sunniest season of the archipelago. The weather is particularly beautiful on the west coast, as in both Honolulu and Kahului which are located in the Islands of Maui. On the contrary, the north-eastern coast is much less sunny. In addition, rain showers the area regularly throughout this period. Beware though, because summertime is also known as hurricane season within the Hawaiian archipelago, however rare these may be.

The Hawaiian Archipelago Climate During the Winter

Also known as “Hooilo” in Hawaii, winter is the coolest and most humid season in the archipelago. The climate in Hawaii throughout this period is marked by frequent and very heavy rainfall. The weather is also cloudy, though the sun manages to appear every day. Note that during the winter, there are also a few tropical storms. Further note that on the Island of Kaua'i, one can find what is known as the wettest area on the planet along with the famous Mount Waialeale.


Temperatures and rainfall in Hawaii

On these 2 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Hawaii and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Honolulu (Oahu), island of Hawaii (Big Island), Kahoolawe, Kauai (Garden Isle) and Lanai.


Map of Hawaii

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cities in Hawaii (Hover over the icons for more information on the weather)

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Is this weather information for Hawaii reliable?

Climate data for Hawaii has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Hawaii allows us to determine the average for each month in Honolulu (Oahu), island of Hawaii (Big Island), Kahoolawe, Kauai (Garden Isle), Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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