The Hawaiian Island’s volcanic mountains combined with the pleasant trade winds create such a diversity of climates. As we’ve share with you before, each island has a wetter windward side and a drier leeward side.
As you plan your Hawaii vacation, you might want to find the best places to stay to avoid rain, particularly in the rainier, winter months. That being said, there’s a good chance that rain will not put much of a damper your vacation, even in the winter. We’ve been to Hawaii in all seasons and have rarely had rain create any vacation issues.
So where are the best places in Hawaii to avoid rain? We’ll list those resort areas by island. Here are the top resorts in Hawaii with 20 or less inches of rain per year. (To put 20 inches of rain in context, compare it to the annual amount of rain that your city or region receives per year.)
Maui – The best sunshine is on West and South Maui. (See more details about where to stay on Maui for the best weather.)
- Kaanapali (Lots of hotels including a Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, Westins, Honua Kai Kaanapali Beach Hotel and many more condo resorts.)
- Lahaina (Several smaller locally owned hotels are here.)
South Maui – gets less rainfall than West Maui, making it a better bet for sunny days. When we go to Maui in the wetter, winter months, we try to stay in South Maui.
- Kihei (Mostly condo rentals are here.)
- Wailea (This posh area includes a Fairmont, Four Seasons, Marriott, Grand Wailea, Andaz Maui that are all oceanfront. There are also a number of condominium/villa resorts.)
Oahu – Basically the southern and southwestern end of the island is the driest.
- Waikiki Beach (Many, many hotel options here)
- Kahala Beach (Kahala Resort is the one and only option.)
- Ko’Olina (Disney Aulani, Four Seasons as well as a Marriott Residences timeshare.)
Big Island – The Kohala Coast is super sunny year round where it only receives around 10 inches of rain each year. The Kohala Coast is probably one of the best bets for places to stay to avoid rain in the state of Hawaii.
- The resorts at Waikoloa (Marriott and Hilton are the major hotels here. There’s a number of condo communities, too. Of the condos, we really love Hali’i Kai resort.)
- The resorts at Mauna Lani (Mauna Lani Resort and the Fairmont plus some villas/condos are here.)
- The Kohala Coast Prince resorts included the Mauna Kea Resort and the Hapuna Prince Resort
Lanai – This smaller island only has three total hotels with one of them situated on the sunny southern end. That would be the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay.
Kauai — what about Kauai? – We place a question mark by Kauai because this island gets more rain than the other islands, where Most of the resort areas experience more that 20 inches of rain per year. Most of that rain falls in the winter months. That being said, we’ve gone to Kauai in February and enjoyed many sunny days. Here’s an article on where to stay on Kauai for the best weather.
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