Hawaii Weather: When is the best time of year to go to the Hawaiian Islands?
Hawaii is one of the worlds premier beach and adventure destinations as it has year round perfect weather.
Temperatures in Hawaii
Hawaii weather is warm all year round with daytime high temperatures ranging from 78F in the “colder” months to 88F in the hotter months. Evening low temperatures range from 65F in the cooler months to 75F in the warmer months. Hawaii’s close proximity to the equator means that Hawaii weather is tropically warm and consistent throughout the year.
Many travelers come to Hawaii for sunshine and warm weather. Typically December, January and February are the coolest months, while July, August and September are the warmest months. November and December are very popular times to travel to Hawaii. In general, November through March is considered to be the rainy season. From June to October is also very popular as these are the summer months with the highest temperatures and least rainfall.
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Rainfall and the Rainy Season
In General, The months of April – October tend to have less rain than the months of November – March which tend to have more rain.
Keep in mind that even rainfall during the wet season most likely will come in brief downpours.
The following chart shows how the average rainfall varies by month and by Hawaiian Island.
- The Big Island line for Hawaii Island is based on rainfall levels at the Kona airport. Hilo rainfall levels are significantly higher.
- Maui rainfall data is based on levels recorded at the airport in Kahului. Kahului is not considered to be one of Maui’s major resort areas like Wailea, Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua. Rainfall tends to be a bit higher than all the major resort areas, with the exception of Hana on east Maui. Note that rainfall levels on Lanai and Molokai will most closely match their neighbor island of Maui.
- Oahu rainfall data is based on records kept at the Honolulu airport. These levels will closely mirror Waikiki Beach. Though, Ko Olina will be drier and the the North Shore usually gets more rain than Honolulu.
- Kauai rainfall levels are based on data kept at the airport in Lihue. Compared to Lihue, Kauai’s North Shore receives more rain, while the South Shore is drier.
- Overall June is the driest month in Hawaii, while December is the wettest month.
Hawaii weather can vary between locations each island.Each Hawaii island boasts its own micro-climate depending on where you stay. There are also cooler temperatures at higher altitudes, for example at Maui’s Haleakala Crater.
The island weather is very much influenced by the trade winds which generate windward and leeward regions. In general, the north and east facing coasts tend to get more rain than the south and west-facing coasts.
Shoulder Seasons: Avoiding the Crowds
There’s a lot to be said for traveling in the lingering shoulder seasons and quieter off seasons. They present the perfect opportunity to explore a destination without, well, everyone else. Traveling in the shoulder seasons, in months like March and April will net you great savings in flights and hotel accommodations and less crowds. You will still get gorgeous Hawaii weather.
There are so many viable options to choose from in this single, beautiful archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. We want to help you narrow down your choices by spotlighting our favorite islands this year. Maui.
Plus, Hawaii’s multiple islands make the location even better. Each Hawaiian Island offers amazing options for a luxury resort escape or a Hawaii cruise vacation. (Docking at multiple islands during one sailing, cruises can provide even more room for destination diversity and exploration).