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Here in Hawaii, we experience all four seasons in a single day. But for the most part, our annual season is defined by the wind and rain that come with each change of weather and the microclimates created by each island’s topography. For example, Big Island residents know how important it is to have an extra blanket or two during winter cold spells. That’s because the state’s central highlands get some of the country’s most extreme temperatures–from below freezing to 130 degrees F in just a few hours. The result? Our other islands don’t often see snowfall, but they do see a lot more thunder and lightning than places with similar climates elsewhere in the United States.
Weather in February in Honolulu, Waikiki, and the Big Island
The Big Island’s Kona Coast is famous for its year-round tropical weather. But that doesn’t mean it’s always warm and sunny. The Kona region is a microclimate that experiences some of the state’s most extreme weather, from freezing temperatures to 120-degree Fahrenheit days. During winter, Kona also experiences the occasional “Kona storm”–which is basically a hurricane without the name. The weather in Honolulu and Waikiki is a bit milder, but it’s still important to bring a jacket. As the ocean water cools off, the trade winds start to pick up, bringing cooler temperatures to the city. It’s a different story on Kauai, where February is the middle of winter. You can expect average daytime temperatures in the mid-80s, which makes it a great time to visit.
February Weather in Kauai, Molokai & Oahu
February is Kauai’s driest month of the year, and it’s the best time to experience the island’s tropical weather. The average daily temperature hovers around 80 degrees, and the humidity is at its lowest. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Hawaiian stargazer–a type of butterfly that only emerges during the winter months. Molokai’s weather is similar to Kauai’s, but with slightly cooler temperatures. The average high is about 80 degrees, and the low is around 68 degrees. It’s peak tourism season on Oahu, which means you should plan ahead and book your accommodations in advance if you’re planning on visiting.
February Calendar of Hawaii Events
Chinese New Year – Celebrate the Year of the Pig at the 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza, February 2nd – 4th. Hawaii International Film Festival – The annual film festival takes place in late October and early November, but the festival’s signature Waikiki Beach Film Festival takes place in early February. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – The 5th annual festival takes place February 15th – March 4th and features an impressive lineup of local and international chefs. Ironman Hawaii – If you’re a triathlete, mark your calendars for the annual Ironman Hawaii Triathlon on February 22nd.
Weather in March in Hawaii
The weather in March depends on where you’re vacationing in Hawaii. If you’re on the Big Island, expect a bit of a drop in temperature but nothing too extreme. Temperatures in Honolulu and Waikiki are a bit milder, but rain is still likely. If you’re on Kauai or Molokai, expect average temperatures in the low 80s and sunny skies. We hope this month-by-month guide to weather in Hawaii has you ready to pack your bags and head over for a tropical getaway. Whether you’re adventuring on the Big Island, relaxing on Kauai, or enjoying sunny days in Honolulu, you’re sure to have an amazing time.