Best Time to Visit Hawaii

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Hawaii. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Honolulu und Kahului. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Hawaii for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 17 °C to 31 °C
Waves Symbol 24 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.284.13 in (2 – 8 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 24.2 °C (Kahului) and 25 °C (Honolulu)
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Geographical location

Five hours by plane from the Californian metropolis of Los Angeles is the Hawaiian chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Aloha State is 2300 miles from the mainland and is known worldwide as a paradise for vacationers and surfers due to its climate and beaches.

The most famous islands are the main island Hawaii (Big Island) and its neighbouring islands O’ahu and Maui. The 50th state of the USA is a fascinating mixture of Polynesian cultural influences, North American modernity and East Asian bustle.

Geographically, the more than 135 islands of Hawaii belong to Oceania and not to the American continent. Not all islands are actually inhabited, among the largest inhabited islands rank beside the already mentioned also lesser known exotics like Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, Moloka’i and L?na’i.

The 137 islands and atolls cover an area of 10300 square miles, on which about 1.4 million people live. The highest point of the islands is the volcano Mauna Kea with about 4205 meters.

Climate in Hawaii

Stand up paddle surfing on the huge waves off Sunset Beach (Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Hawaiian Islands have a fairly constant warm tropical climate. The temperatures range from 26 °C to 31 °C all year round and therefore fluctuate only very slightly. The months of August and September reach the peak value of 31 °C in Honolulu and are very low in precipitation. Even at night the temperatures drop only insignificantly.

The water temperature of the Pacific Ocean reaches 27 °C around Hawaii in the summer months. The high volcanic areas Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa can get 10 °C in winter, in fact the mountain peaks can even be covered with snow in winter. However, many resorts such as Waikiki on O’ahu rarely reach temperatures below 20 °C even at night in winter.

Typical for tropical areas is usually very high humidity at high temperatures. Due to the gentle trade winds these unpleasant aspects are mostly absent in Hawaii and a very pleasant climate prevails. In the winter months of November to March, precipitation increases on all islands, the heaviest rainfall pours out on the slopes of the mountain regions.

Best Time to Visit Hawaii: Overview

JanuaryJan
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perfect for surfers
FebruaryFeb
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perfect for surfers
MarchMar
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usually Pleasant
AprilApr
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mostly Perfectmostly perfect climate in Hawaii
MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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Peak Season in Hawaii
AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
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perfect for surfers
DecemberDec
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perfect for surfers

When to go to Hawaii?


The climate offers very pleasant travel conditions all year round, which is why Hawaii can be called a year-round destination with only minor restrictions. There is no distinct rainy season, but it can come particularly in the afternoons in each season to short showers. Statistically, the driest months are from May to October.

Accordingly we recommend exactly this period also as best travel time for Hawaii, since the weather conditions are now particularly good and pleasant. July and August are classic high season months during school holidays, especially childless couples should avoid this period if possible. From November onwards, not only is precipitation slowly increasing, but thousands and thousands of”winter refugees” from the USA, Canada and above all Asia are also flocking to the islands.

Especially between Christmas and Easter many hotels are fully booked and the beaches are quite full. If that doesn’t bother you, you will find good conditions for a relaxing holiday even at this time of the year. With island hopping you can connect the most beautiful regions of Hawaii and integrate varied activities as well as numerous excursions into your travel program.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Hawaii) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Honoluluall except January, February, March, and December
KahuluiMay, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Hawaii

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Honolulu

Climate Chart Honolulu
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Kahului

Climate Chart Kahului
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Hawaii

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Hawaii, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Honolulu (Hawaii)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature27°27°27°28°29°30°31°31°31°30°29°27°
Night Temperature19°19°20°20°21°22°23°23°23°22°21°19°
Water Temperature24°24°24°25°26°26°27°27°27°27°26°25°
Precipitation (inch)3.782.723.461.51.220.470.550.590.631.893.233.43
Rainy days757632323567
Hours of Sunshine77889910109876
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Honolulu is 25 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (27.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (22.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Honolulu is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 23.46 inch on 56 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Honolulu.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 9.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.2 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Kahului (Hawaii)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature27°27°27°28°29°30°30°31°31°30°29°27°
Night Temperature18°17°18°19°19°21°21°22°21°21°20°18°
Water Temperature24°24°24°24°25°26°26°26°27°27°26°25°
Precipitation (inch)4.132.872.721.850.790.280.390.470.351.222.63.27
Rainy days867632332478
Hours of Sunshine77889101099877
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Kahului is 24.2 °C.

Warmest month: August (26.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (22.1 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Kahului is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 20.94 inch on 59 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Kahului.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 9.7 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


Hawaii offers a large number of scenic highlights. In Haleakala National Park you can climb the crater of the volcano of the same name and enjoy a wonderful sunrise. The efforts of an early morning hour are rewarded with unforgettable impressions and incredible photo motifs.
You can get a nice impression of Polynesian cultural influence in the Polynesian Culture Center with seven reconstructed villages.

On the island of Maui, Ka’anapali Beach is a dream beach and a wonderful hot spot for snorkelling. The famous “Road to Hana” on Maui is also a real highlight. The highway at the coast belongs to the most beautiful car routes of our earth and is great to travel with a rental car.

Other attractions include the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Wai’anapanapa State Park and Na Pali Coast State Park. Hawaii was strongly influenced by the Second World War. The USS Arizona Memorial in the Pearl Harbor of Honolulu, the capital, is a very impressive sight with a moving history.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Lunch Buffet | Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch | Maui: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater | Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise | Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass | Oahu: Waikiki Beach Atlantis Submarine Tour | Maui: 5-Hour Waterfall & Rainforest Hike with Picnic Lunch |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Honolulu
overcast clouds     overcast clouds, 30.2 °C
Clouds: 90 %       Wind: 11 mph NO
Air Pressure: 1018 hPa       Humidity: 69 %
Last updated: 22nd Aug 2019, 12:18 am
The next days …
21st Aug 201922nd Aug 201923rd Aug 201924th Aug 201925th Aug 201926th Aug 2019
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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USA: Regions

Hawaii is part of the holiday destination USA. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Hawaii: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Hawaii holiday already. Average rating is 4.8 of 5 stars.
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    franck, 39 years old was there in January

    True September since Idyllic sunset with Pleasant temperature and the water for surfing simply super

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Axel, 43 years old was there in March

    21 days on Oahu, Big Island and Maui. It was only one day on Oahu continuously rainy, otherwise mostly blue sky, now and then a few cloud fields. Depending on the location on the respective island, however, the weather can vary greatly. For example, it is rainy in the northeastern part of Big Island and Maui, but beautiful in the south and southwest. This is due to the location of the volcanoes.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Beatrix, 55 years old was there in September

    pleasant warmth, often overcast, often precipitation and quite windy

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Grit, 45 years old was there in February

    …wonderful…back in Hawaii Kauai since 04.05.2017 ????? … simply dreamlike …dreamlike also Niihau?????

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    renate , 60 years old was there in September

    in september the weather on hawei honollulu was mostly very sunny and warm. except a few times cloudy in the evening I look pleasant and there is a light wind .everything is perfect at this time of year. always happy again right away

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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