Ep 123: Hawaii in the Summertime: Top Activities and Events You Can’t Miss

by | May 23, 2024


Ever wonder what it’s like to experience Hawaii in the summertime? This episode is your ultimate guide to making the most of your Hawaiian summer vacation.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or planning your first trip, this episode has something for everyone. Let’s explore Hawaii together and discover how to enjoy the best of the islands during the summer months.

In this episode, we’re exploring everything about Hawaii during the summertime.

We’ll break down the must-do summer activities, the best local events, and give you tips on how to experience true Hawaiian culture.

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This post gives general info and isn’t legal or authoritative advice. It helps travelers with tips but can’t replace personal abilities, fitness, experience, or local knowledge. Marine activities have risks; assess conditions and follow local laws.

Weather Overview

Let’s start by talking about the weather in Hawaii during the summer. It’s warm and sunny, with average temperatures around a comfortable 85°F.

Summer in Hawaii runs from May to October, offering plenty of daylight to enjoy all the activities the islands have to offer. One of the great things about being in Hawaii during the summer is the cooling trade winds that balance the hot days with fresh, salty air.

These winds make it perfect for outdoor adventures without feeling too hot.

Another advantage of summer is that it’s the drier season. You’ll experience fewer tropical downpours, making it easier to plan and enjoy outdoor activities.

Even if you do get caught in a brief rain shower, it’s usually warm and refreshing.

Top Summer Activities

There’s so much more to Hawaii than just relaxing on the beach. Let’s dive into some of the top activities you can enjoy in Hawaii during the summer.


Hawaii is a snorkeler’s paradise, offering some of the clearest waters and vibrant marine life you’ll find anywhere in the world.

Summer is the perfect time for snorkeling, with calm waters providing excellent visibility. Spots like Hanauma Bay on Oahu and Sharks Cove on the North Shore are must-visit locations.

Remember, if you encounter marine life, keep your distance and don’t pursue them. Capture the moment with your camera, but respect their space.


If you prefer to stay on land, Hawaii offers some top-notch hiking trails. On Maui, the Kapalua Coastal Trail is a family-friendly hike with stunning views.

On the Big Island, explore the trails around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can witness new earth being formed.

Check the park’s Instagram for the latest updates on eruptions and trail conditions.

Historical Sites

A visit to Pearl Harbor on Oahu is a must. This site offers a moving experience, reflecting on the events of December 7, 1941.

The longer summer days give you plenty of time to explore the USS Arizona Memorial and museum exhibitions, making it a day well spent.

Adventure Activities

For adventure seekers, Kualoa Ranch on Oahu’s east side is a fantastic destination. You can go horseback riding, take an ATV tour through the valleys, or zip line through the lush landscapes.

This iconic location has been featured in many famous movies like Jurassic Park, making it a unique experience.

snorkeling in the summer in hawaii

Summer Events & Festivals

Hawaii’s summer is also packed with vibrant events and festivals that showcase the local culture.

Aloha Stadium Hawaii State Farm Fair

Held at the Aloha Stadium, this fair is a must-visit for anyone interested in local agriculture and culinary traditions.

You’ll meet local farmers, check out livestock, and taste incredible produce. It’s a family-friendly event that supports local farmers and families.

Foamtastic Color Fun Run (Kauai)

This fun run takes place in August and is perfect for families. The route is filled with colorful foam stations, music, and food, making it a memorable experience for everyone.

Cultural Festivals

Don’t miss the King Kamehameha Celebration in early June and the Prince Lot Hula Festival in mid-July. These festivals honor Hawaii’s history with stunning parades, hula performances, and traditional Hawaiian music.

We’ve covered King Kamehameha Day in a previous episode, so be sure to check that out for more details.

Made in Hawaii Festival

Held in August at the Honolulu Convention Center, this festival showcases all things local.

From crafts and clothing to unique foods and artwork, it’s the perfect place to pick up authentic Hawaiian gifts and support local artisans.

Packing Essentials

Packing for a summer vacation in Hawaii is all about being prepared for the sun, sea, and everything in between.


Pack light, breathable fabrics like shorts, tees, and swimsuits. Sundresses are great for the ladies, and an Aloha shirt for a night out is a must.

Don’t forget a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings, especially if you plan to visit higher elevations like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Sun Protection

ReefSafe sunscreen is crucial to protect Hawaii’s marine life. Check out our blog post on the best ReefSafe sunscreens, which you can find on Amazon. Also, pack a hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun.


As you can see, summertime in Hawaii is truly special. With warm weather, endless activities, and vibrant cultural events, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re planning to visit Hawaii in the summertime, we hope you have an amazing time. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram at @Hawaiis.Best and share your experiences with us.

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Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy, owner of Hawaii’s Best Travel, is a certified Hawaii destination expert from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. He actively participates in the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as a member and has a strong educational background focused on local culture and sustainability. As the host of “Hawaii’s Best Travel,” a top-30 US travel podcast, Bryan combines his years of experience with valuable insights. He connects with a broad online community, reaching nearly half a million people, and offers a richer, more responsible way to experience Hawaii.