If you’ve been following the weather reports, then you’ve probably heard that Hawaii has been pretty socked in by rain. There have been some incredible thunder and lightning storms, not to mention electrical storms, high winds, and heavy rain throughout Hawaii’s islands. But should this display of wet weather steer you away from having a great vacation in Hawaii? Absolutely not. Visitors need to remember why Hawaii is as desirable of a location as its name implies. Tropical rainforests, lush scenery, verdant hillsides, all this green beauty comes from someplace… it comes from the rainfall, particularly the amount of it.
There have been flash flood alerts for the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai, and Kauai, with forecasts predicting more rain, but also some sun sprinkled in there as well. Temperatures will be in the mid to high 70’s during the day and dropping only to about 66 degrees at night. With all the rain, usually water conditions are not ideal for swimming or snorkeling, but if you’re traveling to the islands to catch some surf, you may be in luck. Because winter months typically bring good waves to the north and west shores of Hawaii, you may find some decent surf during these rainy days. But please, always use caution and your best judgment when paddling out.
For this weekend, the island forecasts has been mostly rain, but some sunshine will be breaking through the gray. This past week (or two) of heavy rain has definitely impacted the islands however. Although it is not uncommon for flash flood warnings to pass through the news channels, locals do become more cautious while on the roadways. Slippery conditions and hydroplaning are potential dangers while driving, as well as deep puddles, hidden, large potholes, and heavy traffic. So if you can get away with staying off the roads during heavy rain, we definitely recommend it.
So here’s the good news: Rain in Hawaii is not cold rain. It is a warm, tropical shower that can sometimes feel cleansing and refreshing. So don’t think that just because it’s raining in Hawaii that it will be a cold vacation. Also, it is rare for the sun not to come out at least once a day in Hawaii, despite stormy weather. You can usually catch a glimpse of sunshine at some point during the day, even if it is a break in the clouds for a quick view of a colorful tropical sunset. So chances are, you won’t be completely void of the sun during your Hawaiian vacation.
And while some sides of the islands are known to be drier and sunnier (usually the west sides), you don’t need to turn into a sun worshipper to find fulfillment on your vacation. There are plenty of activities, museums, tours, and fun things to see and do to complete your relaxing vacation, even if it is raining. So don’t get too down on the wet weather reports in Hawaii, because honestly, the locals here are doing just fine. It’s just another day in paradise for us! Rain included!
Many people who travel to the islands never want to leave and decide to move here. This week we asked our Facebook friends if they ever had the same ideas about moving to Hawaii and got some interesting answers which we share today on our show. For the most part if you really want to come here you can make it happen you just need to make sure that you’re prepared for the higher cost of living with a good job and housing accommodations.