The terrain on Hawaii's Big Island changes quickly, as does the island's weather. No other Hawaiian island has the same climatic diversity as the Big Island. In some parts of the island, there's almost no rainfall for the entire year, and the terrain reflects that fact. However, in other locations like Puna or Hilo, it rains almost every day, creating the lush tropical growth that Hawaii is known for. In order to take advantage of everything that the Big Island has to offer without getting shut out by torrential tropical rains, it's helpful to research the Big Island's micro-climates and stay in a place where you will have a better chance of enjoying blue skies (spoiler alert: one of those places is Kailua-Kona, where we are located).
The Big Island has a tropical and warm climate year round. The average temperature in Kailua-Kona ranges from the middle 70s in the winter, to the mid-80s during the summer. In higher elevations, such as Waimea, temperatures are often cooler, especially at night. Hilo can also be cooler, depending on your inland location, and Mauna Loa & Mauna Kea can be quite chilly.
If you're planning a Hawaiian vacation and you want to skip the rainy season, the Big Island is an ideal choice. As we already mentioned, Royal Kona is located in an area that receives low rainfall. Winter is rainy season on the island, as the trade winds bring rain-bearing clouds from other parts of the Eastern hemisphere. The Big Island receives most of its rainfall from the end of November through the beginning of March. In the list below are certain island locations and the amounts of rainfall they receive:
- The East side of the Big Island is the one that gets most of the rain, and Hilo is America's wettest city; it receives up to 160 inches of rain each year. This is great for plants - the area is awash in tropical greenery
- but less than amazing for humans, especially those who are there to relax. Expect frequent rains, especially during the night.
- The northern Hamakua coast also has limited tourism, since this area receives 80-160 inches of rain every year. - Volcano's rain totals vary, averaging 60-120 inches of rain per year depending on where you're staying. Nighttime rains are frequent, however.
- Honoka'a and Hawi, on the northern Kohala coast, receive 60-80 inches of rain per year.
- The weather in Kailua-Kona and the rest of the Big Island's Northwestern coastal area is consistent, which is one of the reasons it's a popular vacation destination. Our Resort's location is one of the least rained-upon parts of the Big Island, with mean annual rainfall on the Kailua-Kona coast averaging a mere 22 inches (although the amount increases as you move further up the slope of Mt. Hualalai). This is what makes Kailua-Kona one of the Big Island's "sweet spots" in terms of weather.
- The Waikoloa area offers rather dry weather, and it usually gets less than 20" of rain per year.
- The Gold (Kohala) coast on the Northwestern tip of the island only gets ten inches of rain per year, which makes the area rather arid.
If you would like to experience everything the Big Island has to offer, and do so under a blue and sunny sky, book your stay at Royal Kona Resort today!