Best time to visit Hawaii

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Best time of year to visit Hawaii

The periods from April to May and September to October are considered to be the best time to visit Hawaii—the islands are not that crowded, the weather is mild and the hotel rates are quite affordable. Spring brings stunning sunsets at Haleakala summit, Lahaina noon phenomenon, and perfect days for a beach vacation. Even though summertime in Hawaii is subjected to storms and lots of families with school kids, it is the best season for water activities like snorkelling, diving with sharks, sailing, and kayaking. Balmy early fall will treat you with exotic fruits and Kona coffee harvest. Yet non-crowded early November is a good time to go surfing, especially north of Oahu island. When the high but rainy season kicks in with first weeks of December, be ready to deal with tourist crowds and to pay a fortune for your stay. However, if you choose December to March for your trip, you should visit the overwhelming Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or go watch magnificent Humpback Whales. Some of the must-attend Hawaii events are Merrie Monarch Festival in April, Lantern Floating Ceremony in May, and Aloha Festivals in September.

28 THINGS TO DO IN HAWAII (MAY 16 - MAY 25)

Lahaina Noon

Lahaina Noon

late May | mid-July • nature

An interesting solar position can be observed in various locations

Beach Season

Beach Season

March–May (all year round) • activity

A time to enjoy the most exotic beaches of Hawaii!

Laniakea or Turtle Beach

Laniakea or Turtle Beach

March–November • nature

A day on the beach with turtles—this is a perfect retreat Hawaiian style

Hiking Mauna Kea

Hiking Mauna Kea

April–November • activity

Do you want to climb the world's highest mountain?

Turtle Town in Maui

Turtle Town in Maui

May–September • activity

A beautiful snorkel location with friendly Hawaiian sea turtles and a variety of colorful tropical fish

Ziplining

Ziplining

all year round • activity

America's first zipline appeared in Hawaii and the activity still remains one of the major attractions on the islands

Haleakala Sunrise and Sunset

Haleakala Sunrise and Sunset

March–May • nature

A magnificent sunrise and sunset at Haleakala summit among volcanic scenery will leave you breathless

Torch Lighting and Cliff Diving

Torch Lighting and Cliff Diving

all year round • activity

A romantic and touching experience on Maui Island, unique to Hawaii

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

April–October • activity

Explore the amazing islands and bays from the water

Luau Party

Luau Party

all year round • activity

A trip to Hawaii isn't complete without a traditional Hawaiian party

Diving with Sharks

Diving with Sharks

April–September • activity

An extreme Hawaii experience and a great photo opportunity

Spring and Autumn Surf Season

Spring and Autumn Surf Season

March–May | September–November • activity

Spring season in Hawaii is a good time to enjoy waves and master your surfing skills

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

May–September • activity

Explore picturesque lagoons, tunnels, reefs, and underwater canyons of the Hawaiian Islands​

Green Sand Beach (Papakōlea)

Green Sand Beach (Papakōlea)

all year round • nature

Relax on the amazing sand of Mahana Bay, on one of the four green beaches in the world

Weeping Wall or Blue Hole

Weeping Wall or Blue Hole

all year round • nature

The waterfalls are so much like tears pouring down green cheeks of Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest spots on Earth

Plumeria Blossom

Plumeria Blossom

April–August • nature

Plumeria flowers have become a symbol of Hawaii. Don't miss their beautiful bloom season

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

April–October • activity

Hawaii is one of the best destinations on Earth for snorkeling. The underwater life here is simply fantastic​

Lychee

Lychee

May–June • food

Try this sweet and juicy fruit with a short harvesting season

Jacaranda Tree Blooming

Jacaranda Tree Blooming

late April–mid-May • nature

A beautiful spectacle of Jacaranda trees blooming along the Haleakala slopes on Maui

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

March–November • nature

If you've ever longed for a tropical paradise, Hanauma Bay is the place of your dreams

Pineapple

Pineapple

March–July • food

A delicious fruit that grows in many backyards in Hawaii

Manta Ray Night Dive

Manta Ray Night Dive

year round (best time: May–September)  • activity

Did you miss the feeling of winning in a lottery? Swimming with these fantastic animals will give you one!

Sailing and Cruising

Sailing and Cruising

April–October • activity

Be prepared for some wave turbulence when cruising the Pacific

Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

April–October • nature

A Hawaiian Stonehenge on Oahu island

Crater Rim Drive

Crater Rim Drive

all year round • activity

A stunning drive through Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing

May–September • activity

Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where you can still catch a 50 kg yellowfin tuna

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

May–September • activity

A real Mecca for kitesurfers and windsurfers where surfing is a way of life

Surinam Cherry

Surinam Cherry

September–November | March–June • food

It doesn't look like a cherry at all, but the sour taste is somewhat close to one

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Aloha Festivals

Aloha Festivals

on holdSeptember 2021 • event

A dynamic celebration of Hawaiian culture and Aloha spirit

Billabong Pipe Masters

Billabong Pipe Masters

out of rangeDecember 8–20, 2020 • event

One of the most stunning and dangerous surfing competitions

Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii

Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii

out of rangeMay 31, 2021 (Special Television Broadcast) • event

A touching Buddhist custom attracts thousands of participants in Honolulu

Merrie Monarch Festival

Merrie Monarch Festival

out of rangeJune 24–26, 2021 (online) • event

One of the most colorful cultural events in Hawaii held to honor King David Kalakaua

Aloha Freedom Festival (50th State Fair)

Aloha Freedom Festival (50th State Fair)

out of rangeJuly 16–August 1, 2021 • event

The new festival replaces the state fair, offering plenty of local character

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

out of rangeall year round (best in November–March) • activity

A unique opportunity to see a volcano at work!

Okinawan Festival

Okinawan Festival

out of rangeSeptember 4–5, 2021 (virtual) • event

The largest ethnical event on the archipelago

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeJanuary 27–February 16, 2021 (mostly online events on selected days) • event

A street party in Honolulu with lots of great food, fun activities, and amazing fireworks

Ironman World Championship

Ironman World Championship

out of rangeOctober 9, 2021 • event

Try yourself in one of the world's toughest races and prove that you really are made of ​steel. Notice, it's by qualification only!

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

out of rangeDecember 8–20, 2020 • event

Hawaii's top surfing competition for the best surfers in the world. A spectacular show for visitors!

Maui Film Festival

Maui Film Festival

out of rangeDecember 11, 2020–January 3, 2021 (virtual event) • event

Watching a movie right on the beach under a starry tropical sky. Sounds like a great festival experience,rig​ht?

Moloka'i Hoe

Moloka'i Hoe

out of rangeOctober 10, 2021 • event

A popular and authentic Polynesian sport of canoe racing with hundreds of ​teams participating

Kamehame​ha Day

Kamehame​ha Day

canceledJune 11 • event

Time to commemorate the birth of the legendary king who united the Hawaiian islands

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangemid-January–early March • nature

Japanese brought the cherry trees to Hawaii along with hanami tradition

Great Pumpkin Festival

Great Pumpkin Festival

out of rangeOctober 23, 2021 • event

Don't miss this event if you want to feel the real American Halloween atmosphere

Kona Coffee Blossom or 'Kona Snow'

Kona Coffee Blossom or 'Kona Snow'

out of rangeFebruary–March • nature

Witness the unique "Kona snow" of Hawaii during the blooming period of coffee trees

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

canceledMay 29–31, 2021 • event

Flower shower, floating lanterns, and other events to commemorate fallen heroes

Skiing and Snowboarding Mauna Kea

Skiing and Snowboarding Mauna Kea

out of rangeFebruary–March • activity

It's not a joke. You really can ski and snowboard in Hawaii

Moanalua Valley Trail to Haiku Stairs

Moanalua Valley Trail to Haiku Stairs

out of rangeJune–October • activity

This staircase has nothing in common with a Japanese poetry genre

May Day (Lei Day)

May Day (Lei Day)

out of rangeMay 1 • event

Lei is not just an accessory. This element of Hawaiian culture even has its own holiday

4th of July

4th of July

canceledJuly 4 • event

Fireworks and celebrations all over Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island

Winter Surf Season

Winter Surf Season

out of rangeNovember–March • activity

Hawaii is a surfer's paradise, especially in winter when it becomes a dynamic global surfing hot spot

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

out of rangemid-November– early May| best January–March  • nature

A spectacular and moving show of whales with their calves cresting and breaching around your boat​​

Kona Coffee Harvest

Kona Coffee Harvest

out of rangeAugust–February • activity

Try one of the world's most famous coffees and participate in its harvesting by hand

Apple Bananas

Apple Bananas

out of rangeJune–October • food

Forget your supermarket bananas. Taste Hawaiian apple bananas for the first time

Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor Day

out of rangeDecember 7 • event

The historical site of Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island​, where the US was attacked by Japanese forces in 1941, has a lot to offer visitors

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeDecember–February • nature

Hawaii is home to a number of rare birds and a great number of seabirds

Kona Surf Film Festival

Kona Surf Film Festival

overJune 1, 2019 • event

If you think that movies and surfing belong to different worlds, think twice and head to the Kona Surf Film Festival

Ohi'a'ai or Mo​untain Apples

Ohi'a'ai or Mo​untain Apples

out of rangeJune–October • food

Try these exotic Hawaiian fruits which are absolutely delicious

New Year's Eve in Honolulu

New Year's Eve in Honolulu

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

An exclusive opportunity to be among the last people on Earth to welcome a New Year

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeOctober–mid-November • event

Don't miss out on fun fall activities when you are in Hawaii

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

out of rangeOctober 1–2, 2021 (Island of Hawaii) | October 7–10, 2021 (Maui) | October 14–24, 2021 (Oahu) • event

Wash the scrumptious Hawaiian dishes down with some fine vibrant wine

Ginger Bread Village

Ginger Bread Village

out of rangeDecember • event

A lovely Christmas tradition in a tropical paradise

Mango

Mango

out of rangeJune–October • food

There are over 60 varieties of mango in Hawaii

Ka Moloka'i Makahiki Festival

Ka Moloka'i Makahiki Festival

unconfirmedlate January 2021  • event

A great occasion to learn more about Hawaiian traditions and culture

Avocado

Avocado

out of rangeSeptember–April • food

Even though avocado is not native to Hawaii, it's widely used in modern Hawaiian cuisine

Soursop

Soursop

out of rangeJanuary–April | June–August | October–November • food

This strange looking fruit is great for smoothies

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12, 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in vibrant street celebrations on Maui

Rambutan

Rambutan

out of rangeOctober–March • food

A colourful and hairy fruit very popular in Hawaii

Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu Marathon

out of rangeDecember 13, 2020 • event

26.2 Miles in Paradise—this marathon has to be remembered

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