One of the questions we are asked most frequently is when to plan a Hawaii vacation. Obviously everyone’s needs are different, but having said that, here’s our unequivocal answer. With the end of summer already in sight, autumn in Hawaii – our favorite season, will soon be upon us. With it comes Hawaii deals, no crowds, exceptional weather and days that are slightly cooler and shorter. As the sun more angled, the light makes everything in Hawaii even more beautiful.
1. Hawaii Travel Deals valid for Late Summer and Fall from $199
For as little as $199 one way, including tax, you can fly Hawaiian Airlines this summer and fall between west coast cities and the Hawaiian Islands. This isn’t just for the west coast either. There are flights from Phoenix, Minneapolis, Boston and New York – all at great prices starting August 8.
2.Fewest Visitors in Hawaii
The peak summer travel season officially ends August 7. From then on you will find the best deals of the year for airfare, accommodations, and activities. There will be fewer visitors in the islands. You can have beaches all to yourself, find less traffic, plan spontaneous activities and walk up to favorite restaurants without reservations. In a word, it’s idyllic.
3. Hawaii Weather in Late Summer and Fall
Annual Hawaii rain usually occurs twice. The first is sometime in November or December (the other is March or April). So you have plenty of time to visit before then and even select areas to stay or play that are typically wetter at other times of year. That’s more great news for those planning a Hawaii vacation this fall.
Other than occasional tropical storms, the rain pattern is mostly away from the beach, in what is called “mauka” or mountain based showers. These are generally brief and occur at any time, though often at night.
The mauka showers are an aspect of our prevailing trade winds (Hawaii’s air conditioning), and cross the islands from the northeast to the south west, leaving the south and west sides generally warmer and dryer.
So while our mountains and valleys receive rain, it generally remains dry at the coast. This is typical of Hawaii’s micro climates.