After reading my article about the best time to visit Hawaii, Daniel asked if hurricane season should be avoided in Hawaii. I thought it was such a good question that deserved its own research and post.
Hawaii’s hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. According to this chart, there have been no hurricanes recorded in the entire Central Pacific region in the month of June and very few in the months of October and November. August and September are the peak months for hurricanes in Central Pacific. Please note that the chart is for the entire Central Pacific and not just for Hawaii.
The first officially tracked hurricane in Hawaii, Hurricane Hiki, was recorded in August 1950. Since 1950, only five hurricanes or tropical storms have resulted in any serious damage to Hawaii. The most recent high damage-causing hurricane to hit Hawaii was in September 1992 with Hurricane Iniki. In August 2014, Iselle made landfall on the southern side of Hawaii Island. With Iselle, there was some flooding and wind damage but thankfully no loss of life. With this data, we can conclude that hurricanes are relatively rare events in the Hawaiian Islands.
For more information on hurricanes in Hawaii, please see:
- Hurricanes in Hawaii – historic data published by the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology
- Central Pacific Hurricane Center – forecasts provided by the National Weather Service
Personally, I wouldn’t be too concerned to plan a visit to Hawaii during hurricane season. Actually, most of our trips to Hawaii have been during hurricane season. How about you? Is Hawaii’s hurricane season a concern for you?
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