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June 2, 2023updated Jun 19, 2023

When is the Best Time to Visit Hawaii?

Throughout the year, the islands host a variety of events that mix Polynesian and Japanese traditions.

By Silvia Pellegrino

With its sandy white beaches and idyllic weather, Hawaii guarantees an unforgettable vacation. It is often on every traveler’s bucket list and for good reason since its luxury establishments and endless activities make up for a relaxing and picturesque destination.

Since the pandemic, the state has seen its ultra-luxury real estate increase at an unanticipated rate. Throughout the year, the islands host a variety of ceremonies and events that blend Polynesian and Japanese traditions. But where to go first?

There are eight main islands in Hawaii, even if visitors are forbidden to visit the natural paradises of Niihau and Kahoolawe to preserve their ecosystems. The remaining six islands, Hawaii Island, Lanai, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Oahu, have very different offerings but they all share one thing: their breathtaking beauty. Even if counterintuitive, all these islands are the perfect winter destinations.

Natural beauty, though, is not the only factor to keep in mind when booking a trip to Hawaii. Whether a tropical adventure or intimate luxury are the aim of the vacation, different times of the year are recommended. But when exactly is the best time to visit Hawaii?

[See also: When Is the Best Time to Visit New York?]

Spring

Beautiful rainbow after a storm in Hawaii
Spring months are the wettest times in Hawaii / ©Shutterstock

March is one of the wettest months on the islands. Despite this, March through May are pleasant months in Hawaii, with temperatures ranging between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring may be the best time to visit Hawaii because, if properly planned, one may avoid crowds.

There are several different events to choose from at this time of year. During the Honolulu Festival, the State Capitol recognizes the blending of cultures in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Educational activities and traditional dance performances give an in-depth awareness of the state’s diversity.

The Prince Kuhio Festival, on the other hand, honors Prince Kuhio, the first Hawaiian representative in the United States Congress and the man who united the Hawaiian islands together. The festival includes canoe races, music, dance, and a royal ball.

And if you want to explore the islands in style, what better way to tour the roads of Hawaii than in a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster convertible? Consider heading to Maui Roadsters in Kihei to book the ultimate road trip.

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Summer

Honolulu skyline, including the Diamond Head Volcano and hotels on Waikiki beach
Summer offers some of the hottest and driest weather in Hawaii / ©Shutterstock

During summer in Hawaii, the average temperature is around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is also the least amount of rainfall. Because of this and the numerous activities offered, the summer season is the second busiest after the winter.

The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in June is an annual event during which famous chefs and tourists may enjoy four days of uninterrupted gastronomic pleasures. In July, the Hale’iwa Arts Festival takes place on the North Shore, with an array of activities from storytelling to singing. 

But what better time of year to take in the beauty of the ocean? Consider heading to Royal Hawaiian Catamaran in Honolulu, where you can lease a private yacht for $650 per hour.

Surfing and Hawaii go hand in hand. If you’re looking for something new and exciting, this is the activity for you. All of the instructors at Keawe Adventures have years of experience and can teach you can surf on the North Shore.

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Fall

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter on the Big Island, Hawaii
During the fall months, you can book a luxury helicopter tour in Hawaii / ©Shutterstock

Fall is one of Hawaii’s rainiest seasons. But if you want to avoid the crowds, October and November may be the best time to visit Hawaii.

The annual Hawaii Film Festival, held in Honolulu in November, showcases the works of filmmakers in contemporary Asian, Pacific and North American cinema. It’s also well worth visiting the Kona Coffee Festival (Hawaii’s longest-running food festival) where you can enjoy endless activities including live entertainment, farm tours and coffee picking.

And, if you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience, consider booking a luxury helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. During the trip, an Airbus EC130 “Eco-Star” helicopter will fly from Waikiki to Kona, providing low-level views of the shoreline and even the Madame Pele volcano before landing at Laupahoehoe Nui on the Kohala Coast for a unique photo and film opportunity besides a 1,200-foot waterfall.

Winter

Mele Kalikimaka Sign Made of Wood Blocks on Display in front of Honolulu Hale, the Mayor Office, as part of Honolulu City Lights runs annually
The Honolulu City Lights Festival is one of the main festive events that take place in Hawaii during winter / ©Shutterstock

Despite the fact that the temperatures are substantially lower and the weather is more unpredictable with regular downpours and showers, the winter season in Hawaii is the busiest for travelers.

The Christmas season is especially magical, thanks to seasonal festivities like the Honolulu City Lights or the yearly performance of The Nutcracker. Every year, the Hawaii Theatre organizes holiday shows, and the Christmas Festival of Lights Boat Parade offers breathtaking views.

However, due to the unpredictable nature of the weather, it is equally wise to prepare indoor arrangements. Spa Halekulani in Honolulu, one of Hawaii’s most expensive spas, is an excellent choice on a wet day. This spa only provides the best treatments, such as hot stone massages and traditional Hawaiian massages including the Lomi Lomi, as well as a salon experience with beautiful haircuts and styling.

When it comes to food, the Vintage Cave Club is one of the most exclusive venues in town. The restaurant features the greatest Wagyu cuts and provides set meals of 10 or 12 dishes for $300 per person. For those who love seafood, the gourmet eatery has a 25-course traditional Sushi Kaiseki meal.

[See also: The 9 Best Restaurants in Hawaii]

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