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In our opinion, the best time to travel depends not on weather only. It is also important to differentiate between peak travel time or high season and the best travel time for Hawaii.
Do you want to be pushed through Pearl Harbor with thousands of American travelers in bright sunshine and thirty degrees during US Christmas vacation? Or do you want your sailing trip to be canceled due to excessive waves.
In our opinion, temperature, sunshine or rainy days is not the decisive criteria for determining the best time to visit Hawaii. Hawaiian weather is nice year-round, so it is perfect holiday weather for the average traveler. Between May and October, you have a little less rainy days and more hours of sunshine than in winter, but that is not decisive.
Since about 60 percent of tourists on Hawaii come from mainland America and about 20 percent come from Japan, the vacation of the Americans and, to a lesser extent, that of the Japanese are crucial for the costs of accommodation and the number of tourists on the Hawaiian Islands.
If you plan to do some adventures on the sea, you should think about wind and storm, water temperatures and migration routes of the whales.
In the following, we would like to tell you a little something about each month, so you can choose the best travel time for you. Please note, every single one of the Hawaiian Islands has their own special features. For example, the northeast of Maui is tropical and rainy, while the southwest is extremely dry. Kauai’s south is a beach paradise. The area 15 kilometers further to the center of the island is one of the rainiest areas on earth. Read more about it in our Hawaii Highlights.
Our explanations are intended to serve as a reference point and as a decision-making aid. A rock-solid and absolute classification of months as the best travel time is not possible in times of progressing climate change.