Honolulu Weather

Honolulu Weather


Honolulu has the best weather on the planet. “Perfect” doesn’t begin to describe the brush of silken trade winds against the skin, air and ocean temps usually between 75 and 85 degrees and more than 270 sunny days a year.

Of the eight major Hawaiian Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Oahu’s ideal location produces a tropical paradise unequaled by any other island in the 50th state. The Big Island to the southeast is hotter, Kauai to the northeast is wetter, Molokai, Lanai and Maui to the east are drier.

There are two seasons on Oahu: warm and dry and warm and wet and temperatures rarely vary more than 15 degrees year-round. Summer is April through September with a high of 85 degrees. The winter or rainy season is October through March, producing an average 18.3” of precipitation per year and a high temperature of 78 degrees. Both seasons experience temperatures 10 degrees cooler at night. (Pack a light jacket for the cooler evenings and in case of sudden showers.)

It’s also helpful to know the terms used to describe the coasts of Oahu: leeward and windward. Leeward is the western and southern facing side which is hotter and drier than Honolulu. Windward is the cooler northern and eastern side, the opposite side of the island from Honolulu. Oahu does have its own micro-climates within its interior which range from plains which were once pineapple fields to mountains and canyons to valleys with waterfalls and deep jungle.

Even though the heat does not generally feel excessive in Honolulu, and the summer’s gentle trade winds cool the skin, sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) is a must. The rich honeyed patina of the locals is often contrasted with the lobster-red main-landers who overdo the sun exposure during the first few days. So bring your favorite lotion and carve out a spot on the warm Waikiki sand and relax in the golden glow of paradise.





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