Known by early Polynesian settlers as Kau and Ho'oilo, Hawaii has two main seasons. Read our guide on Hawaii’s seasons to ensure you book your trip during the best time to visit Hawaii and Hawaii's Disney Aulani.
Best Time to Visit Hawaii
Imagine a tropical paradise, rich with lush green mountainscapes, some of the world's best beaches, stunning coastlines, active volcanoes, and an abundance of coconut trees. Hawaii’s mild climate makes exploring this archipelago of Pacific islands an inviting destination to explore year-round: hike to the top of Diamond Head, play a few rounds on some of the best golf courses in the world, road trip in a convertible with the top down on the Hana in Maui. Hawaii is one of Earth’s greatest playgrounds.
While the real answer is that there’s no bad time to go, the best time to visit Hawaii is during the summer, when festivals are in full swing, the beach is at its warmest, and the days are at their sunniest.
The summer months and Christmas holidays are the most popular time to visit which is when Hawaii sees a spike in visitors. Flights to Hawaii and hotels are charged at a slightly higher premium and availability is at the lowest. To avoid crowds and to save a few bucks, travel during low season, which is April, May, and September through November.
Cheapest Time to Visit Hawaii
The beginning and end of Hawaii’s summer months (April/May and September/October), also known as shoulder season, sees less visitors and lower prices.
Hawaii Climate - Weather Through The Year
When Hawaii’s climate is consistently mild year-round, there’s no wrong time to plan your visit to the islands.
The warmest months of the year are during Hawaii’s summer months, May to October, which averages about 29C. Hawaii’s winter months, November to April, are also Hawaii’s wet season and slightly cooler with daytime averages of 25C.
Keep in mind that depending on which island you’re visiting, results may slightly vary. Hawaii is home to 11 climate zones (of the 13 that exist worldwide) which means each island has its own unique micro-environment.
On the Big Island, the climate ranges from tropic to sub-Arctic, which means you can go skiing on Mauna Kea and then bask in the blazing sun on the beach after. On Kauai, Mount Waialeale is wet and rainy, while nearby Waimea Canyon - the Grand Canyon of the Pacific - is almost a desert. Oahu and Maui have steady warm tropical weather, unless you’re on the Haleakala summit which often sees snow in the winter.
Island to island, weather patterns are generally caused by trade winds. When high pressure air systems reach the windward side of the mountains, the air rises and creates clouds and rain. This means the leeward side of the mountain tends to be drier.
Aulani Hawaii - Disney’s Hawaii Resort & Spa
The magic of Disney is alive in Hawaii. The Aulani Disney Resort & Spa, less than an hour from Honolulu in Ko Olina, is an enchanting oceanfront paradise on Aulani Beach. The Hawaii-inspired resort features a saltwater snorkelling lagoon filled with schools of colourful fish and coral reef to explore, pools, a teen spa, hula dancers, Disney characters, dining options, and movie nights under the stars.
Aunty’s Beach House Kids Club
For the menehune, kids ages 3 to 12 can play while the parents are away. At Aunty’s Beach House, a 5,200 square foot state-of-the-art supervised kids club, the little ones enjoy storytelling, movies, Hawaiian arts and crafts, costumes to dress up in, and more.
The only private snorkelling man-made lagoon on Oahu, the Rainbow Reef is a 3,800 square foot on-site reef. Kids and parents can safely snorkel with the marine life and spot the colourful fish.
Ka W’aa Luau
The quintessential experience in Hawaiian hospitality, no trip to Hawaii should be had without a luau. The Aulani’s Ka W’aa luau is an evening for the whole family to enjoy. Kick the night off with traditional activities like flower arranging, or get a temporary kakau tattoo. Feast on a buffet dinner, and then feast your eyes on an exhilarating performance that brings Hawaiian history and culture to life.
And for the adults, there are also plenty of amenities to enjoy for a relaxing grown-up stay at the Aulani in Hawaii:
Wailana Beachfront Infinity Pool
Far from the excitement of the main pool, the Wailana pool is a tranquil sanctuary tucked away in a private corner of the resort grounds. The adults-only pool is 1,500 square feet and conveniently adjacent to the full-service Wailana pool bar. It’s the perfect spot to find some calm and sip on cocktails. If whirlpools are where you wish to be, you’re in luck. Soak in one of five whirlpool spas that overlook the ocean, two of which are adults-only.
Laniwai Full-Service Spa
Indulge with a spa day at the Laniwai. Indulge in spa treatments, an outdoor hydrotherapy garden, sign up for a salon service, and keep your fitness goals on track at the state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Ko Olina Golf Club
The championship 18-hole golf course, touted by Golf Digest, is just a swing away for golfers of all skill level to enjoy.
The ‘Ōlelo Room Lounge
Live Hawaiian music serenades the patio of the ‘Ōlelo Room lounge. Sample the cocktails and traditional island appetizers at the Hawaii language-inspired upscale lounge.
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