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:

  • The weather is good in Hawaii throughout the year
  • 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
  • The rainiest months in this city are February, March and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Honolulu (Oahu), Maui, Captain Cook, Hana, Hilo, Kahului, Kekaha, Kilauea, La'ie and Molokai, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Honolulu (Oahu) are July, August, September and October

Annual weather in Hawaii

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

January 58°F to 79°F
1 to 5 days*
February 58°F to 79°F
1 to 8 days*
March 58°F to 79°F
2 to 10 days*
April 58°F to 79°F
1 to 8 days*
May 58°F to 81°F
1 to 10 days*
June 58°F to 83°F
0 to 6 days*
July 59°F to 83°F
0 to 8 days*
August 59°F to 85°F
1 to 10 days*
September 63°F to 85°F
1 to 11 days*
October 65°F to 85°F
1 to 11 days*
November 59°F to 83°F
1 to 8 days*
December 61°F to 81°F
2 to 8 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Hawaii by cities

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Honolulu (Oahu)

Honolulu (Oahu)

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



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

Captain Cook

Captain Cook

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

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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: Diamond Head sur l'île d'Oahu

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 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Hawaii and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Honolulu (Oahu), Maui, Captain Cook, Hana and Hilo, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Average price for flights to Hawaii

A return flight between Sydney and Honolulu (Oahu) is generally cheaper if you go in february ($ 772 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 398 more for your airline ticket to Honolulu (Oahu) if you go in july.

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Where to go in Hawaii?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Honolulu (Oahu)77°F77°F77°F77°F79°F81°F83°F83°F83°F83°F81°F79°F
Captain Cook70°F70°F70°F72°F72°F74°F76°F76°F76°F76°F72°F72°F
island of Hawaii (Big Island)77°F76°F76°F77°F77°F79°F81°F81°F81°F81°F79°F77°F
'Ewa Beach77°F77°F77°F79°F81°F81°F83°F83°F85°F83°F81°F79°F


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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), Maui, Captain Cook, Hana, Hilo, Kahului, Kekaha, Kilauea, and 40 other cities.

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

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