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Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

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Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

Is there one particular time of year when we can avoid the crowds, have good weather and get good prices? Or is this asking too much?

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1. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

It depends on what island. They all have their own microclimates and busy seasons. The BI is the quietest of the main islands all year except over Ironman (mid October). The Kohala Coast on the BI has great sunny weather year round but ocean conditions are best in summer and early fall.

Early to mid-May is generally very nice and quiet everywhere. I also like late September but it can be very hot, especially on the BI.

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2. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

"Good," "crowds" ... relative terms. But I can tell you to avoid summer, the week of Thanksgiving, the week before and after Christmas and the week before and after Easter.

Lowest season - September after Labor Day through mid-November, then after Thanksgiving until the week before Christmas. January through March is popular for those fleeing winter - but it isn't as impacted as the holiday periods and summer. Late April through early May is great.

The Islands are strung from north to south, so winter does have an impact on some shores. There are a number of micro-climates on the various Islands. But overall - the weather is wonderful.

Your costs will depend on where you want to stay, what you want to do and what you eat, drink and purchase. There is a great deal of latitude.

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3. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

May is a beautiful time to visit (the earlier in May the better, but definitely avoid Memorial Day weekend), it is somewhat less expensive, and less crowded than summer when kids are out of school (June, July, August).

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4. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

OUR 'best time' is when we have rotten weather at home -- January through March. That's also one of the more expensive times to visit since other snowbirds have the same idea, and it is Whale Season in Hawaii.

Any time mainland schools are on holiday is expensive, even if the weather isn't the best. Christmas is sky-high. (You can get much the same likely-rainy weather in the weeks before Christmas, at rock-bottom prices.)

I'd recommend mid-April through the first week in June for good weather almost everywhere, few kids, and good pricing. September is too hot for me on Big Island (especially if the volcano is contributing vog), but a nice time to stay north on Kauai and Oahu.

"Crowds" would be Waikiki, and to a lesser extent, Lahaina/Kaanapali on Maui. Big Island and Kauai are less-developed than Oahu and Maui. Lanai is very quiet, with only one small hotel and the Four Seasons complex. Molokai? You'll be hoping to see another person on the beach!

Most and best flights will take you nonstop from Dulles/JFK/Newark into HNL. We look for widebody aircraft on long legs and avoid west coast connections (and the 757's). Hawaiian Airlines is the best interisland. We can fly into Honolulu and hop to Maui without leaving airport security if the flights are on a single ticket.

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5. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

Anytime you're feeling good and healthy and want to get away.

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6. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

I haven't been yet, but heard May is an excellent time . . . I think fall would also be good. I know those times are also when I see sales on for Hawaii. :)

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7. Re: Best time of year to visit Hawaii?

We have been in May and it has been awesome....we are going to try late September / October this Time....

Edited: 10:38 pm, June 18, 2013
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