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Hawaii Seasonal Activities for Travelers

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No matter what season you choose for your travels to Hawaii, there are wide varieties of activities in which you can participate in and even more ways relax. From spring, to summer, fall and winter, Hawaii is a tropical paradise that always has a surprise around every corner.

Spring – This may be one of the ideal times to visit, as the rainfall lessens with trade wind continuing to bring cooling breezes. Spring typically brings the end of the busy tourist season, so starting around the middle of April and pricing for airfare and lodging generally begins to drop. March is the month where you can attend the Cherry Blossom and Narcissus festivals where Hawaii respectively honors and celebrates Japanese and Chinese cultures and the influence they have had in the Aloha State. If you are traveling to the Big Island, you can time your vacation in coincide with the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s premier hula event, which starts on Easter Sunday each year.

Summer – This time in Hawaii is an even better period for water sports and activities, such as surfing, parasailing and paddle boarding as they offer exciting and fun venues for cooling off from the warm summer sun and occasionally humid weather. The end of the summer season brings with it the biggest of all events in Hawaii, the Aloha Festivals, which is a two-month celebration of Hawaiian culture that spans across the State with around 300 events, including parades, food and dancing. June 11th is when the State of Hawaii celebrates its most beloved king, King Kamehameha, which starts with a parade in Downtown Honolulu and ends at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. The parade features an honorary royal court, elaborate flowered floats as well as the traditionally attired pa’u women horseback riders.

Fall – During this time of year you can enjoy watching, and if you’re qualified, even participating in one of the most exciting displays of human stamina you find. If so, you definitely would want to head out to the town of Kona on the Big Island. Kona is the home of the Ironman Triathlon series now held throughout the world and the Ironman World Championship is typically held in this town during October of each year. If you arrive in the early days of fall, you may be able to catch the tail end of the Aloha Festivals. Fall also has the Hawaii Food & Wine Festivals, considered by some to be the premier epicurean event throughout the Pacific, held on Oahu and Maui during October of each year.

Winter – One of the most popular things for visitors to Hawaii to do is whale watching. Winter is the perfect season for that, as humpback whales traveling from Alaska arrive to give birth to their young. If you are a surfing fan, and plan to visit during winter, you may want to put Oahu on your itinerary as the world’s most prestigious surfing competition, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, is held on the North Shore of the island. Also on Oahu, the world-renowned Honolulu Marathon is held on the second Sunday in December of each year. If you are going to run in marathon, you should definitely do it in Hawaii. Golf lovers can enjoy watching one of the longest running PGA golfing event, The Sony Open, which is held in early to mid-January of each year at the Waialae Country Club.

This is, of course, a mile-high overview of what the Hawaiian Islands have to offer during each season. Rest assured whether you surf its majestic waves, learn about Hawaii’s diverse cultures, view historic site or enjoy a luxurious and relaxing time away from the daily grind, Hawaii has something to offer for everyone during each and every season.


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