Believe it or not, there are actually days in Hawaii warranted for wearing winter clothing – boots, scarves, the whole gamut. It can get pretty chilly, especially if the wind’s blowing. But it’s not necessarily that we have to wear those warm garments but rather, because we choose to. It’s a nice switch from the usual slippers, shorts and tank combo we’re so familiar with, plus – many ladies can attest to this – winterwear is so much more fashionable!

If you’re planning a trip here during the months of November, December and January, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a light scarf or rain jacket. Both won’t take up much room in your suitcase; boots, on the other hand, might be too clunky to pack. You might want to consider packing something warm if you’re visiting Haleakala or Mauna Kea. Both volcanic peaks are so high in elevation that temperatures can be in the 40s and 50s. Not to mention, the wind factor!

And while we may not get snow (except for on Mauna Kea), we do get rain during these months. Unlike Washington or Oregon, where it may rain all day for days at a time, Hawaii’s rainy season varies. There could be light showers during most mornings and evenings, while the middle of the day might be overcast and cloudy. Other days could be completely sunny but with h3 gusts of wind. You just never can be sure, so it’s best to be prepared.

I remember several years ago, when it rained for nearly 40 days straight. That was very unusual for Hawaii. And as a result, roads flooded, rivers overflowed and most beaches closed due to sewage spills. Some people resorted to stand-up paddle boards as a way of getting around. And who could forget the hail! The weather can get pretty “wild” out here!


  1. Hehe….winter clothing being a long sleeve tee and light jacket, but rarely a parka! Funny enough the coldest day I remember on Oahu was the morning I moved to the mainland…we actually did put on our jackets and were amazed how just simple breathing could be seen in the air….

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