Yes, it’s rainy season in Hawaii, but it’s no big deal!

A rainbow crests over a beach in Hawaii

Okay yes, it is rainy season in Hawaii, but it’s really not a big deal. When you plan your vacation, you probably take into consideration the natural phenomena that might interfere with your comfort. There are non-skiing areas where heavy snow is inevitable. There are hurricane belts and tornado regions; rainy seasons and times of draught; places that flood and parch.

In Hawaii, the “rainy season” is all winter long, but it occurs in spurts with plenty of sunshine interspersed. Some winter season weather in Hawaii seems to be wetter than others. For example, we had a spell a couple of years ago where we went practically 40 days and 40 nights with constant rain. Last year it was pretty dry the whole winter with very little rain or problematic whether. You may have been hearing lately that we’ve had some inclement weather this year. So far this year (Dec. 2008) it’s been kind of a mixed bag, we have had a few days of continuous rain as a couple of weather fronts moved over the islands. Even during periods of bad weather in Hawaii, especially in the winter, it’s not nearly as severe as the weather in the cold in other parts of the country.

The national news has been reporting during President elect Obama’s Hawaii vacation that over the weekend Oahu experienced a weather-related island-wide blackout. This blackout they believe was caused by a lightning bolt which hit one of the main power plants and triggered an island-wide blackout. As a result practically the entire island had no electricity for up to 17 hours. While things can happen during your vacation, we don’t think that kind of scenario will ever happen again in our lifetime. That was one of those freak kind of accidents that will surely never be repeated.

We’ve had severe weather in the past just like anywhere else,including hurricanes, and we get minor earthquakes occasionally. The state is prepared. Currently, the state Civil Defense uses a World War I-era artillery battery in Diamond Head Crater that was converted into a state emergency operations center in the 1970s. Now, there are plans for a larger, modernized emergency center near Diamond Head that could withstand a Category Four hurricane or a powerful earthquake, comfortably accommodate dozens of representatives from state and federal agencies in one control center and run on a generator for at least 15 days.

I tell a lot of visitors when they come to Hawaii in the winter season that they may get a few raindrops but it’s really not a big deal because there’s always something to do indoors and you never forget your in Paradise and remember without rain there are no beautiful rainbows.

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