When is the Best Time to Travel to Hawaii?

If you have never been to Hawaii, you may be wondering when the best time to travel is. You may even wonder what the weather is like at certain times of year. This article will go over my personal favorite times of the year to visit and why. I highly recommend checking a local Hawaiian calendar online before you schedule your trip. This will allow you to determine what is happening on the island of your choice before you go.If you hope to avoid the crowds, then consider planning your trip during a time other than the holidays. Many families from the west coast will fly over to the less popular islands during this time. This is most true for the Christmas season. I would like to first point out that there is much confusion about there being a wet/dry season and a high/low travel season in Hawaii. The two assumptions are both true and yet not, from a certain point of view. Let’s see why.SpringLess rain starts to fall on the islands as the trade winds die down to their summer levels, therefore making this the most ideal time to visit. Some people refer to this as the start of the “dry” season. The weather is almost always perfect and in general, this is the best time to find good travel bargains. After the middle of April and the first week of May are often times when most Japanese visitors arrive due to the “Golden Week” holiday in Japan.First we want to point out there is considerable confusion about there being a “wet/dry” season and a “high/low” travel season in Hawaii. The two assumptions are both true and not true; from a certain point of view. Let’s take a look. The water temperature measures near the high 70-degree mark this time of year and the surf begins to die down because the trade winds have started to let up. The best part of the spring in Hawaii is the fresh flowers, vegetation and fruit that can be seen and consumed around the islands.This is such a nice time to visit. The Merrie Monarch festival is held annually and starts on Easter Sunday.SummerUsually, summer is classified as the “low” season. This is because there are lower rates on hotel accommodations and/or rental vehicles. But this “low” season can be a bit misleading because June through August are very popular with travelers. Airline prices usually go up in to late June through July as the demand is higher for seats nationwide. According to tourism authorities on the islands, July remains the month with the most visitors. This makes sense because most families take vacations when their children are out of school. The same rule applies to local children on the island. They usually frequent the same beaches and sites that you want to visit as well.The summer months are the warmest on the island and temperatures can reach the high 90’s. High temperatures with humidity can be unpleasant for travelers who are used to drier climates. The humidity makes the atmosphere feel warmer. Surf is at its lowest point and the rain clouds are sparse except on the windward coast. Hurricanes are rare in Hawaii but when they do occur, they usually do so in the summer months.The last major storm to hit Hawaii was Iniki in September 1992, when it came ashore on Kauai as a strong category 3 (border-line category 4) storm. These large storm systems are, as noted, rare – just be aware they do occur from time to time. Hawaii is a great option for those who don’t want to travel internationally, but still want to enjoy a tropical atmosphere.