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We can all agree that visiting Hawaii is a major decision and choosing the best time to visit is important.

This in depth article breaks out all the key information you need to make the best decision. Weather, festivals, island information, favorite activities and much more.

Feel free to jump right to the section most important to you via the Table of Contents right below.

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When is the Best Time to Go For a Vacation in Hawaii?

One of the main reasons visitors choose to vacation in Hawaii often has to do with the amazing weather the islands experience year-round. Hawaii’s best weather usually happens during a quartet of months – April, May, September, and October.

While sunshine and warm weather are usually the norm during the year, there is a lot of rain during the winter months. Hurricane season starts in June and ends in November, but big storms aren’t always a regular occurrence in the islands. Winter is when surf swells tend to be the largest, particularly on the northern shores of the island.

In the winter, the temperatures range between 26°C (78°F) and 28°C (82°F), on average, while temps during the summer months range between 29°C (84°F) and 31°C (88°F).

The weather tends to be consistently good in April and May, as well as September and October. Hawaii can be visited all year long BECAUSE ANYTHING you WANT TO do here IS NOT limited to certain months.


When to Purchase Airline Tickets


Typically, booking as much as four months ahead of time will help you secure the best rate possible. Try to make your reservations at least six weeks before your trip. Make exceptions for the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the second half of December. During these times, you are encouraged to book your trip once tickets become available, which could be as early as six months before you plan on heading to Hawaii.

If you plan to do some island hoping then Hawaiian Airlines will get you around with the most flight options. If you want to visit the island of Molokai then check out Mokulele Airlines.


When to Make Hotel Reservations for Hawaii


Hawaii’s best family-friendly hotels tend to be heavily booked between July and August, and from late December to early January. You should endeavor to book a reservation several months ahead of time. Since you should be planning your trip a ways out it pays to understand Hotel Point systems.

The Complete Guide To Hotel Check-In and Check Out

Here are 3 of the largest point programs, take a little time to understand them and you could be saving a bundle AND getting elite accommodations along the way.

Aulani – Disney Resort Hawaii

The Best Surfing Time in Hawaii


The best time to surf in Hawaii depends on your skill as a surfer.

The largest waves generally hit the shores from November to March, with the peak times being between December to January. This is when experienced surfers, professionals, and spectators flock to the North Shore of Oahu. Be sure to follow the Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing website for all the latest events, ranking, and weather updates. Those new too surfing should try the island’s South sides during the winter months, or come back during the summer when the waves on the North Shore are calmer in May through September.

Surfboard Racks – Waikiki Beach

When to Go Hiking in Hawaii


There are some amazing places to go hiking in the islands, particularly in Kauai. Although you can hike all year long, during the summer months tends to be the most ideal time to explore, as the trails are drier, and the daylight hours are longer. It can get quite hot in the summer, so if you do go hiking, wear plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated. You should start your hike in the early morning, as temperatures tend to be cooler.


When to Swim and Snorkel in Hawaii


Swimming and snorkeling can be done all year long in Hawaii. Yet the ideal conditions for certain water sports happen between May and September when the waves are a lot smaller, the weather is hotter, and the skies are a lot sunnier. Maui and the Big Island are the best places to snorkel, as their diving areas aren’t as impacted by the East’s trade winds. The least dependable place to go snorkeling in is Kauai, as it rains just about all year long there, minimizing water visibility.

Snorkeling in Hawaii

When to Go Whale Watching

Every year, whales come to Hawaii from Alaska, generally between December and April. You will usually see them between late February and early March, right after the birth of calves. You will spot whales from every island’s coast, but whales tend to congregate near neighboring islands Lanai and Molokai, as well as off the western shores of Maui.

If you want to get really involved you can learn more about NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and really give back to an amazing organization.

Humpback Whale, Maui


When to Watch a Volcano

The Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano has erupted consistently since 1983. It sometimes comes in a lazy flow, while other times, you’ll see dramatic bursts. When trying to decide when you should visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in order to see the eruption, base your decision on the weather. Higher elevation temperatures are between 6°C (44°F) and 11°C (52°F) cooler than sea-level temperatures. Winter temperatures range between an average of 8°C (46°F) and 12°C (53°F). The summer months (from May to September) serve as the most opportune time to visit Kilauea because temperatures are more moderate.


When to Go Fishing in Hawaii

Like most water sports in Hawaii, you can fish year long, yet different types of fish bite at various times in the year, depending on which island you are visiting (with the exception of sharks, which are always present). For the most part, winter brings a lot of bigeye and skipjack tuna, snapper, and striped marlin. You might even spot a whale while out at sea. In the spring, you will see a lot of blue marlins, yellowfin, and mahi-mahi. In the summer, you will see large-size blue marlin and yellowfin, as well as skipjack and ono. In the autumn season, you will see giant trevally, mahi-mahi, various marlin varieties, and plenty of billfish.

Kailua Fishing Boat, Hawaii

When to Go Stargazing in Hawaii

Cold winter temperatures on the Continent often stimulate people into visiting Hawaii in the summertime, which is the best time to visit if you want to enjoy warm weather. For optimal visibility, the greatest time to take in the stars happens to be during the new moon. When utilizing Mauna Kea’s telescopes on the summit, be mindful of elevation; because Mauna Kea is almost 4200m high, the oxygen level there is low. Travelers are encouraged to take breaks when they reach the halfway point and stay-put for at least an hour. In doing so, they will acclimate to the setting. People are discouraged from going up Mauna Kea if they have gone scuba diving within a 24-hour span.

Did you know that the Mauna Kea Visitor Station provides daytime telescopes to view the sun and an array of telescopes for nighttime viewing? The even have a hot water station with hot chocolate for sale in the gift shop. You can drive directly to the visitor station and witness some of the clearest skies in Hawaii.

View from Waimea State Recreation Park, Kauai

When You Can Get a Discounted Rate

You are encouraged to make reservations early on. When scheduling flights, aim for the middle of the week. For the most part, the least expensive rates for hotels and flights are obtained between the spring season and fall season. You will find significantly cheaper rates between late March and the middle of June. An exception is made for the last week of April, which is the peak traveling time for people from Japan, as it is their Golden Week. September to the middle of December is fairly inexpensive in comparison to other months as well, though an exception is made for Thanksgiving week in November. In comparison to winter months, June and July tend to be less expensive, However, those times also come with large crowds – so getting a deal during this particular time is rare.


When to Take an Inter-Island Cruse.

December to March will be the ideal time to see whales from a cruise ship, though this period is the costliest and rainiest time to come for a visit. The ideal time to take a cruise in Hawaii is between the start of Thanksgiving and the middle of December. A large number of boats are available in April, as well as from September to October.


When to Avoid a Crowd

November is the month with the least amount of activity, though exceptions are made for the week of Thanksgiving. From May to June (as well as from September to October) are the best times to bypass the crowds. April is somewhat quiet, though an exception is made for Golden Week and when Easter happens in the first week of April.


When is the best time to go to Hawaii for Weddings

Summer tends to be much drier in comparison to our winter months. As such, scheduling a wedding between May and October means minimal rainfall although Hilo and Kauai always seem to have a bit of rainfall. The hurricane season starts in June and goes on all the way to November, but the storms that happen are rarely catastrophic. If you are planning a destination wedding, the best time to have one would be in May.

If you are planning a beach wedding with just the two of you and the official, be sure to get a permit ahead of time at the State of Hawaii DLNR


When is the Best Time to Visit Each Island?


When You Should Visit Oahu

Waikiki Beach Oahu, Diamond Head

The best time to visit Oahu is in April (with the exception of the last week of the month). May and September are also ideal because these months bring the best weather. October is the best month to get a good rate and miss the larger crowds. The temperatures in Oahu vary between 26°C (78°F) and 31°C (87°F) year-round. The summers (between June and October) are very hot, while the winters (between the middle of December and the end of March) are quite pleasant. In lower altitudes, there isn’t a lot of variance in the weather, which is ideal as this is where most of the hotels and beaches are; inland higher elevations are rainier and cooler.

The rainiest periods of the year are from December to February, while the driest is between June and August. From the beginning of August to the beginning of September, ocean temperatures are warmer, while the middle of January to the middle of April being cooler temps. Monster waves will hit the island’s North Shore from November to March, which is when a number of surfing tournaments take place. Surfers enjoy coming here between March and May, as that is when waves are significantly large, yet our beaches tend to not be as crowded during this time.

Whale season happens to coincide with the high season between December and March, though the flight and hotel room rates aren’t cheap within this time. The low season starts in April and goes on all the way to the middle of June, though there is still the exception for Golden Week at the end of April, which brings big crowds from Japan to Honolulu. You will see fewer travelers and get better rates between September and the beginning of December.


The Best Time to Vacation on Maui

Humpback Whale, Maui, Hawaii

April, May, September, and October are the best times to visit Maui. The daily highs in Maui range between 27°C (80°F) and 31°C (87°F) all year round. It is slightly cooler in the winter and a lot warmer in the summer. The island’s West Coast happens to be sunny, dry, and warm, for the most part, while the rainforest in eastern Maui is moderately cooler. Light rainfall happens overnight or later in the afternoon.

The driest period of the year is between the beginning of June and late October. There may be brief showers which will lighten up between November and March. Ocean temperatures are warmest between August and October. The coldest temperatures are between January and March. The largest surf comes to the island’s northern shore starting in the middle of November and lasts until the beginning of February. Whale watching season and the high season is from December to March (whales typically stay on the island’s West Coast).

During this period, room rates are costliest, and the crowds TEND TO BE LARGER. THE Low season transpires between April to the middle of June, as well as from September to the middle of December. During this time, you can get better rates and see fewer crowds.


The Best Time to Vacation on Kauai

Napali coast kauai
Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

April, May, August, and September are the months when you should visit Kauai, as it has the lowest rates, smallest crowds, and ideal weather conditions. The rainiest island in the state of Hawaii is Kauai, but it has a very distinctive microclimate in comparison to other places in the island chain. It rains regularly in the eastern and northern coasts (Lihue to Princeville).

The island’s southern beaches close to Po’ipu are generally sunnier. The western portion surrounding Waimea Canyon happens to be mostly desert. The island’s central area, Mount Waialeale, receives heavy rainfall. The highest temperatures throughout the year vary between 27°C (80°F) and 29°C (84°F).

The hottest periods start in July and last all the way until October, while the coolest periods happen between December and March. Short rainfalls can happen year-round, though the period between the end of May and the end of September is usually the driest. Ocean temperatures are warmest between early August and late October, and coldest between the middle of January and the middle of April. November to January is when the biggest waves are seen on the island’s North Shore.

Whale season and the high season runs from the middle of December through March; the low season starts in April and ends in early June. It happens again in September and carries on all the way to the beginning of December.


The Best Time to Take a Big Island Vacation

The best time to take a vacation on the Big Island is from April to May, and September to October. Visiting during these times will give you the perfect mix of cheaper rates, fewer crowds, and optimal weather.

The Big Island happens to be twice as large as all other islands combined, and has eight distinct climate zones. A majority of travelers will only be interested in a pair of areas: Volcano and Hilo in the eastern area (where the weather will be muggy, wet, and warm – Hilo happens to be America’s wettest city); and Kailua-Kona, which is in the West coast area.

Temperatures are moderately consistent throughout the entire year. In Kailua-Kona, highs vary between 27°C (80°F) and 31°C (87°F). In Volcano and Hilo, temperatures range between 26°C (78°F) and 28°C (82°F). In each region, it rains the most in March and April. The driest months are between the middle of May and the end of July. Dry and rainy seasons happen at the exact same time, as luck would have it, for each region. Volcano and Hilo endure twice the amount of rain that Kailua-Kona experiences during the island’s wet season. Temperatures in the ocean are just about identical in both regions – the period between August and October happens to be the warmest. The coolest times are February to March.

The best time to go surfing in the West and East shores is in the winter, keeping in mind that waves are a lot smaller on these shores than they are on other islands. The most optimal surfing time starts in December and lasts until February. Whale season coincides with the high season (especially in Hilo Bay and on the Kohala Coast) and starts in late December and lasts until March. The island’s low season starts in April and ends in May. It returns in September and ends in the middle of December.


Travel Seasons In Hawaii

High season (December to March)

Hawaii starts its high season during the Christmas holidays. Hotels, cars, and flights are the most expensive during this time. Lengthier minimum stays are often required by hotels during this time as well. They will ask for higher deposits, and their cancellation policies will quite strict during the holiday season. Rental vehicles may sell out in advance, so you should book early and plan ahead if you are traveling during the peak season.

Low season (April to mid-June; September to mid-December) 

Interestingly enough, fall and spring are Hawaii’s lowest travel seasons. April to the middle of June, and then again from September until the middle of December. There are two exceptions— the final week of April or Golden Week and the week of Thanksgiving. Beyond those two weeks, during the low season, you’ll find lower rates for cars, flights, and hotel bookings, and smaller crowds at attractions and beaches.

Summer (mid-June to August)

Family travel is always popular from the middle of June to the final week of August while schools are out for the summer. You’ll find lower prices during this time in comparison to the winter months. However, attractions and beaches will be much more crowded. You won’t find too many deals in the summertime – in August especially – and the ones that do pop up will happen sporadically.


The Weather in Hawaii Categorized by Month

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Most visitors are not surprised to find warm temperatures in Hawaii year-round. While you might get scattered showers at any time of the year, rainy days are a lot more common during the winter months, November to March. Big storms usually transpire between June and November, which is hurricane season. Light, brief showers happen on a regular basis just about everywhere. Big Island’s Hilo side and Kauai are the wettest areas while the Kona coast on the Big Island and West Maui are the driest and hottest. Surf is rougher and bigger in the wintertime, particularly on the northern shores of the islands.

January weather 

January happens to be one of Hawaii’s coldest months when temperatures can fall to 20°C (68°F) and average around 26°C (78°F). While rain can be sporadic during this time, rainfall averages about 78 mm (3 in) for the month. The North and West Shores of each island can see enormous waves at this time. With ocean water temps around 24°C (75°F) in Honolulu. Evening breezes and cooler temps usually mean dressing in layers if you are visiting significantly high elevations, or in a light jacket when going out in the evening. 

February weather

On average, February temperatures range between 20°C (68°F) and 26°C (78°F), though the rain is somewhat heavier during this time. Huge waves hit the western and northern shores. Clothes that dry quickly and light jackets are encouraged during this period, especially when heading out on a whale-watching excursion. The average temperature is 26°C (78°F), the average rainfall is 90 mm (3.5 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu, on average, is 24°C (75°F).

The temperatures in March are a lot like they are in February, but with much less rain. The larger northern swells are not as monstrous as they are in peak winter periods. Waves in the West are slightly bigger in comparison to the ones more prevalent up north. The average temperature is 26°C (78°F), the average rainfall is 88 mm (3.4 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu, on average, is 24°C (75°F).

March weather

The temperatures in March are a lot like they are in February, but with much less rain. The larger northern swells are not as monstrous as they are in peak winter periods. Waves in the West are slightly bigger in comparison to the ones more prevalent up north. The average temperature is 26°C (78°F), the average rainfall is 88 mm (3.4 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu, on average, is 24°C (75°F).

April weather

Temperatures seem to hold steady between March and April, though there is a significant drop off in rainfall. Dressing in layers is still encouraged, but you can leave rain gear behind. In April, waves on every coast vary between flat and medium, size-wise, and the water begins to warm up. This is ideal for snorkeling. The average temperature is 26°C (78°F), rainfall is 52 mm (2 in), on average, and the water temperature in Honolulu is around 25°C (77°F).

May weather

The month of May happens to be one of Hawaii’s driest and sunniest months of the year. Temperatures rise during this time and waves are still fairly small in many places, which is best for first-time surfers. Ocean temperatures are still quite warm. This period is a great time to come to Hawaii because of the terrific weather conditions. The average temperature is 27°C (80°F), the rainfall averages 38 mm (1.5 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu, on average, is 25°C (77°F).

June weather

June weather tends to be beautiful, dry, and sunny. The surf picks up in June, mostly along the southern shores, although the waves along the northern shores entirely disappear. Ocean temperatures are quite comfortable at this time. The average temperature is 28°C (82°F), the rainfall average is 43 mm (1.7 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu is 26°C (78°F), on average.

July weather

High temperatures remain steady in the month of July, although there is a bit more rain in comparison to June. Southern swells may reach their highest peak and bring in some significant waves. You are encouraged to wear a jacket if you are going to take a tour via helicopter or visit Haleakala Crater. The average temperature is 28°C (82°F), the rainfall averages 57 mm (2.2 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu is 26°C (78°F), on average.

August weather

Usually the highest temperatures for the year are reached in August, while rainfall is significantly low. Surf on the northern shores remains flat, but on the southern shores, swells tend to be quite large. East and West waves also pick up significantly in size. The average temperature is 29°C (84°F), the rainfall average is 34 mm (1.3 in), and the water temperature in Honolulu is 26°C (78°F), on average.

September weather: water temperatures are warmest in September in Hawaii, and waves are either medium or large on every shore. Air temperatures remain steady and hot. It rains heavily in September, but winter rainfall is heavier. The average temperature is 29°C (84F), the rainfall average is 61 mm, and the water temperature in Honolulu is 27°C (80F), on average.

October weather: this is the final truly warm month in Hawaii, and the rain begins to come down harder during this time. Waves situated on the East and South start to subside, while the Western and Northern swells begin ramping up for the winter. An umbrella or rain jacket might be useful when you are visiting around this time. The average temperature is 29°C (84F), the rainfall average is 80 mm, and the water temperature in Honolulu is 26°C (78F), on average.

November weather: this is Hawaii’s rainiest month by far, as it sees three times the amount of precipitation that May and August bring. You are encouraged to take an umbrella with you, and be prepared to spend some time indoors in the event that you experience a downpour. Air and water temperatures remain comfortable. Western and North waves are big, pleasing many surfers. The average temperature is 27° (80F), the rainfall average is 124 mm, and the water temperature in Honolulu is 26°C (78F), on average.

December weather: air temperatures in December reach winter lows and hold steady for the next several months. Water temperatures remain comfortable, but aren’t as balmy. Waves from the South end up flattening out completely, while northern and western surf grows in size. You will start to see whales around this time. The average temperature is 26° (78F), the rainfall average is 87 mm, and the weather temperature in Honolulu is 25°C (77F), on average.

Hawaii Festivals And Events

Hawaii, Hula Dancers

January

Northern Shore Surfing Competitions in Oahu: the prime season for surfing is in January, and a number of different events happen on Oahu’s North Shore. Banzai Pipeline’s Volcom Pipe Pro transpires at month’s and. The Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational also happens in January on Waimea Bay. However, don’t revolve your trip around this event, as it can only happen if minimum wave sizes are apparent. In fact, the event has only transpired nine times ever since it started in the mid-eighties.

Chinese New Year (all islands, including Oahu): this event transpires between the middle of January and the middle of February. While it happens on every island, it is most prominent in the Chinatown area of Honolulu. You will see dragon and lion dancers, impressive fireworks, music, and kung fu demonstrations.

February

The Maui Whale Festival: the Pacific Whale Foundation raises awareness about protecting humpback whales at this event. It takes place throughout the month, the highlight of which is the Parade of Whales that takes place on World Whale Day.

Pow! Wow! in Hawaii (Oahu): this cultural festival features international music and art, gallery displays, live artwork, mural projects, and lectures. It transpires on the week of Valentine’s Day.

Waimea Town Celebration (Hawaii): there are eight individual activity days in this desert town close to the Western Canyon. Some of the events include an ice cream competition and a deconstructed triathlon.

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival (Big Island): a celebration of Hawaiian and Japanese cultural heritage. It involves music, food, feather leis, Hula, origami, tea ceremonies, and more.

March

Kona Brewer’s Festival (Big Island): this event features chefs from as many as 29 different restaurants and 47 different breweries. A hula kicks off this festival before moving on to a homebrewing competition, a fashion show involving trash, and live music.

Honolulu Festival (Oahu): this celebration takes place over the course of three days along the Pacific Rim and Hawaii. Waikiki’s Festival is an exploration of culture by way of dancing, art, and food, all of which culminates in a parade.

April

Waikiki SPAM JAM (Oahu): a SPAM celebration. SPAM is the only food cooked from a can in Hawaii. This remarkable street festival involves chefs from esteemed restaurants that have concocted new recipes to make SPAM with. You will’s see products, crafts, and art all centered around SPAM. The public is welcome to attend this event, though patrons should consider donating a SPAM can to the food bank in Hawaii.

Merrie Monarch Festival (Big Island): this festival transpires over the course of three days and involves a big hula competition, hula shows, an art fair, and a sizeable parade that goes through Hilo. Many events are open to everyone, but you may have to pay for several competitions. Admission is only granted through a mailed-in request.

Hawaii Beer Fest (Oahu): this event features more than 100 Hawaiian craft beers, as well as some from the mainland, and international selections, too. It also includes live entertainment, as well as food from the top restaurants in Oahu. Tickets are usually capped at 2500 and tend to sell out. As such, you are encouraged to obtain yours once they become available.

May

Lantern Floating Ceremony (Oahu): every Memorial day, fallen soldiers are honored at sunset. You can expect 40,000 patrons to float their own paper lanterns, all of which carry messages and prayers into Ala Moana Beach’s coast.

Lei Day (all islands): celebrations happen all across the island on the first of May. You will be exposed to hula dancing, lei competitions, and live musical performances.

East Maui Taro Festival (Maui): this festival happens in Hana town and celebrates the staple food of Hawaii. You can expect to see a pancake breakfast from Taro, poi pounding, a farmers market, and more.

Kauai World Challenge Canoe Race (Hawaii): a rally race spanning 36 miles on outrigger canoes transpires along the Kuwait coast. This race starts at Kapa’a Beach Park before finishing off at Salt Pond.

June

King Kamehameha Day (all islands): a public holiday in Hawaii that honors King Kamehameha the Great, a man that united every Hawaiian island. The event is celebrated all throughout Hawaii. Some common features include floral parades with pa’u riders, and women riding horseback donned in colorful attire. The largest festival transpires on Oahu.

Pan Pacific Festival (Oahu): a yearly event that celebrates Pacific Rim performance, cuisine, and art. More than 100 different performances transpire here, and the festival ends with a themed parade.

Maui Film Festival: this event transpires in the resort area of Wailea and involves panel discussions, film screenings, and fine food, all of which take place on a beach under mesmerizing stars.

July

Honolulu Surf Film Festival (Oahu): a film festival that goes on for a full month. It transpires at the Museum of Arts in Honolulu and celebrates not only the cultural impact, but its surf history, too. Contemporary documentaries, classic short films, and full-length features are abound here.

Koloa Plantation Days (Kauai): historic Koloa is celebrated at this event, which is Hawaii’s first-ever sugar plantation. The environment and community cultures are also celebrated here. Events come in the form of a parade, food, music, dancing, and even a rodeo.

Joy of Sake (Oahu): the biggest sake-tasting festival in Honolulu happens on the outskirts of Japan. The best restaurants in Honolulu serve more than 300 different types of sakes to taste.

Prince Lot Hula Festival (Oahu): a yearly tradition that has been going on for the last four decades. It is the biggest non-competitive event of Hula and showcases dances from a number of esteemed Hula groups.

August

Hawaiian Cultural Festival/Ho’oku’ikahi Establishment Day (Big Island): a celebration of ancient culture from Hawaii. This event is open to the public, however, visitors are encouraged to learn about one craft (at the very least) before maintaining the culture. Patrons are encouraged to choose from various crafts, including lei making and feather standards. Activities include canoe rides, Ho’okupu ceremonies, and food tasting.

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (Big Island): this fishing competition takes place in Kona and is a five-day event. Patrons are welcome to attend the afternoon fish weigh-ins, and can even get their photo taken with the annual “Miss Billfish.”

Na Hula Festival (Oahu): this non-competitive festival has been going on longer than any other event of its type. The event transpires in Queen Kapi’olani Park, and the admission is free.

September

Aloha Festivals (Oahu, every island): a celebration that takes place statewide. Each island has an Aloha Week of their own, with Oahu having the largest one. More than 100,000 patrons are attracted to this extravagant festival. Events that take place here include a floral parade, a royal court re-enactment, and a Waikiki block party – the biggest one held in Hawaii.

Kauai Mokihana Festival (Kauai): this cultural event in Hawaii goes on for a full week. It involves craft fairs, lectures, a hula contest, and musical competition.

Okinawan Festival (Oahu): this event celebrates everything Okinawan, and features lion dancers, food, taiko drumming, dancing, and karate demonstrations.

October

Coconut Festival (Kauai): coconut fruit is celebrated on the Coconut Coast of Kauai. It features a pie-eating contest, coconut cook-offs, and cooking demonstrations.

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (Big Island, Maui, Oahu): these events transpire over the course of several days on a few different islands. Highlights include cocktail scandal history lessons, children’s cooking classes, ramen showdowns, tastings of rare wines, and urban luaus. Tickets for every event are separately sold.

Ironman Competition (Big Island): The biggest triathlon in the world. People can only compete if they qualify first.

November

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (Big Island): Kona region’s arts, culture, history, and coffee are celebrated at this event. Events transpire over the course of an eleven-day span. They happen at miscellaneous spots along the coast and the Kona Mountains. Activities include seminars about coffee science, coffee history and farm tours, gallery installations, and coffee cupping competitions.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (Oahu): a few notable surfing competitions take place on Beaches along the North Shore. They serve as holding periods to accommodate each event. Competitions are held during the day when waves happen to be at their biggest. The event carries on to December.

December

Moku’ula by Moonlight (Maui): a night of ukulele and slack key music that is mixed with discussions and storytelling about contemporary issues in Hawaii. The event transpires on Lahaina’s beachfront. Be sure to bring mats, blankets, and beach chairs of your own if attending.

Festival of Lights (Kauai): you can visit during the event’s opening ceremony. You can also come for the entire event in December if you want to see Kauai’s County Building adorned in lights. All decorations were created by community members that are no longer alive. Ornaments were made from scraps, including bottle caps, soda cans, and toothpicks.

Wailea Village Mochi Pounding (Big Island): this community tradition allows you to make old-fashioned rice cakes. Everybody gets a turn pounding sticky rice, which is done to get some good luck for the year to come. Patrons can get their fortunes read, interact with food vendors, listen to taiko drumming, and much more.

Let us know about your favorite Hawaii visit and what time of year it was. Do you know of a special time for festivals or the best hotels deals? Share your secrets below!