Hawaii in December

May 10th, 2008, 11:20 AM
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Hawaii in December

We are trying to plan a 1 week vacation in December. I have heard that that is the rainy season-does it rain constantly or just briefly in the afternoon? Are some islands less rainy then than others? Should we not got there at all then? Thanks.
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May 10th, 2008, 11:29 AM
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See website http://www.hawaiiweathertoday.com/
Mostly about Maui but will give you an idea about the weather during different months.
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May 10th, 2008, 11:49 AM
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This is a great website. Thanks. It may be too rainy to travel so far. I think we will choose another destination.
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May 10th, 2008, 12:05 PM
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The problem is in December, there are very few places domestically that can guarantee warm weather. Even Florida is iffy because temps could drop into the 60s for highs and thats not beach weather.

It does rain in Hawaii in December, its tropical afterall, but sometimes, if it is rainy on one side of the island, you can drive to another and find better weather.
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May 10th, 2008, 12:30 PM
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Though it is rainy season, most of the rain is on the windward (east) side of the islands & in the mountains. And most of that is passing morning showers.

Almost all of the resorts are in the dry areas on the islands.

This link will show you the areas that get the most rain:

http://www.climatesource.com/map_gallery.html

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May 10th, 2008, 01:42 PM
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Dusty is absolutely correct. We have been to the BI three times in December in the last 4 years. We always stay in South Kona. Have never had a vacation ruined by the rain.
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May 10th, 2008, 01:57 PM
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Dusty is absolutely correct. We have been to the BI three times in December in the last 4 years. We always stay in South Kona. Have never had a vacation ruined by the rain. Showers if they occurred were brief and if it was raining in south Kona, we just drove north to the Kohala beaches--where it is always sunny.
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May 10th, 2008, 03:46 PM
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I moved to Oahu last May. Probably a gross generalization but I feel like it never rains here! Rains at night mostly. That is my take for Oahu anyway.

I have lived in NYC before far more likely to have a week of gray and rain there in December. Only it will be freezing taboot. Enjoyed my time there but so so glad it is a memory.
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May 10th, 2008, 03:49 PM
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I did read about temp going to 65 last December/January burr.

Took a trip home so can't confirm. I did not see it that cold this past winter.
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May 11th, 2008, 03:50 AM
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Thanks everyone. I will let you know what we do.
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May 11th, 2008, 04:32 AM
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During the 2.5 years I lived on Windward Oahu it would periodically rain...while the sun was shining!

The LAST reason not to go to Hawaii in December would be because of the possibility of some rain. This is when we usually go back and have stayed foras long as several weeks and have never had anything ruined by any sort of "constant" rain.

Now, in the Fall, that might be a bit different.
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May 14th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Thanks. So which Islands would you recommend and in particular which hotels. We want to stay in really nice places. Thanks.
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May 14th, 2008, 12:23 PM
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Any of the hotels in Wailea, Maui will be nice. Such as the Four Seasons, the Grad Wailea, the Fairmont.
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May 14th, 2008, 12:24 PM
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I'd avoid the Ritz-Carlton on Kapalua, Maui in December because it is significantly windier and rainier there in the winter.
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May 14th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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Wailea, Maui is arrid. It's also very nice-upscale and beyond, low-density development. You should note that Hawaii gets very busy, and expensive mid-December on.
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Jun 5th, 2008, 04:39 PM
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Okay, so I have two choices...everything else is booked. This is over the Christmas week. The Hyatt in Maui in a regency Club Ocean View room or the Grand Wailea in an ocean View room that costs almost twice as much. Is it worth it or is the Hyatt really nice? What is the Hyatt beach like? Any other suggestions? Should we try a different Island altogether? Thanks.
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Jun 5th, 2008, 04:47 PM
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We've been to several islands for the last two Decembers and have very little rain....light sprinkles at best! Didn't need an umbrella at any time.
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Jun 5th, 2008, 05:54 PM
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The beach at the Grand Wailea is far superior to the beach immediately in front of the Hyatt. The Hyatt is on Kannapali Beach, which is generally a really nice beach, but the Hyatt is built on one end of it about a hotel or three away from where the beach gets good.

If it were me I'd go with the Hapuna Prince or the Mauna Kea(scheduled to reopen in November) in the Kohala area of the Big Island. It always seems to be sunny and warm in that area and the beaches at those two hotels are VERY nice.
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Jun 5th, 2008, 06:19 PM
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billlaaaaay..
Isn't it "The Hotel formerly know as Hapuna Prince"?
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