Is March a good time to visit Hawaii?

Today we’re taking a look at visiting Hawaii in March. We’ll review all the important information you need to help you choose when you should go to Hawaii.

Before we jump into the details about Hawaii in March, I want to say that just about anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii. The temperatures are warm and generally sunny year-round. If I found the right flight deal, I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Hawaii in March.

Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island in March

Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island from our visit in March 2008

What’s the weather like in Hawaii during March?

The weather in March is quite nice — especially if you are coming from chilly, winter climates from North America. Daytime high temperatures generally average in the upper 70s  to lower 80s F. You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket to wear in the evenings with an average low in the upper 60s F.

Typically, March isn’t Hawaii’s rainiest month. March rainfall levels tend to be on the medium-high side of the annual rainfall scale. While temperatures are fairly consistent in the resort areas of the Hawaiian Islands, rainfall varies quite a bit between islands and between the leeward and windward sides of each island.

Here are the average rainfall levels for the month of March:

Kauai – 4.61 inches – This measurement is based on Lihue’s averages per Weather.com. Lihue is located on the southeastern side of the island and is not as wet as the North Shore, but not as dry as the South Shore.

Oahu – 2.71 inches – This average is based on Honolulu’s rainfall per Weather.com. North Shore rainfall will be a little higher, while Ko Olina’s rainfall will be slightly lower.

Maui – 2.45 inches – This average is based on Kahului’s rainfall per Weather.com. Kahului is where Maui’s main airport is, but it’s not typically considered a resort area like Wailea, Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua. Kahului’s rainfall tends to be a bit higher than all the resort areas, with the exception of Hana on east Maui.

Hawaii, the Big Island – 1.49 inches – This average is based on Kailua-Kona’s weather per Weather.com. Kailua-Kona is a popular resort area. Further north on the Kohala Coast, the weather tends to be even drier with only about 10 – 12 inches of rain for the entire year! Hilo, on the east side of Hawaii Island, is another story though, with an average of 13.43 inches of rainfall for March per Weather.com.

Lanai – 2.88 inches - This average is for Lanai City in Lanai’s upcountry/highlands, which tends to get much more rain that the island’s sunny, beach resort at Manele Bay.

Molokai – 1.63 inches – This average is for the airport just west of Kaunakakai town. Weather towards the east side will be rainier.

Hawaii-rainfall-chart

I know we just covered a lot of information and data, but I want to highlight that there are plenty of places to stay in Hawaii to minimize your chances of experiencing rain in March. Additionally, Hawaii’s rain tends to fall mostly at night.

Is March a crowded time to visit Hawaii?

I evaluated 2012 and 2013 data provided by Hawaii Tourism Authority, March is one of the most popular months to visit Hawaii. That being said, I have never felt like Hawaii was crowded during our visits in March. The only exception is around spring break for school children and Easter if Easter falls in March. If you are making plans to be in Hawaii during Easter and spring break, I advise you to pre-book any activities and restaurants that you don’t want to miss.

Is March an expensive time to go to Hawaii?

From my experience, you can find hotels deals any time with the exception of holidays. Per our Hawaii hotel trends infographic of 2013 data, some  accommodation costs are on the average to slightly high-side. The highest rates would coincide with spring break and/or Easter.

govisithawaii-travel-chart-2013

 

The other big cost component of a Hawaii vacation budget is airfare, which from my observation tends to fluctuate more than hotel rates. From our experience, we tend to book our trips when we find airfare deals. We check fares on a daily basis. We have found flight deals in March, but not very often. Unfortunately, we don’t have any specific data to point to, but anecdotally, March fares tend to be on the average to slightly high-side.

Are there any special reasons to visit Hawaii in March?

Humpback whales continue their winter birthing and breeding visit to Hawaii in March. These magnificent creatures can really captivate your attention as they surface to breath, splash or breach.

It seems that just about anytime you visit Hawaii there’s a festival or celebration going on somewhere. Hawaii’s top festivals and celebration held in March are as follows:

Oahu – Honolulu Festival 

Kauai – Prince Kuhio Celebration 

Hawaii, the Big Island – Annual Kona Brewers Festival

Have you been to Hawaii in March? How was your experience?


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About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

9 comments

  1. We went to Kauai two years ago in March, and it was great! It did rain a few times very early in the morning, but for the most part the weather was great.

  2. Went to Maui in March 2013, stayed on Kaanapali beach. It never rained while we were there. The weather was great and there were humpback whales everywhere you looked! A mom and calf were 30 yards away from us when we were kayaking! Amazing!

  3. We have been to Maui in May, June, and September (various years).
    We went to Maui in March of 2011. It rained a lot, and not just light rain. There were times that we just sat in our car, waiting for the rain to stop, and one time we were driving down Front St, and it just started pouring, and everyone was running for cover.
    This was also the most crowded I had ever seen Maui. We didn’t get much choice of hotel rooms, because they were all completely booked.
    On the bright side, we did get to go whale watching (although the first trip was canceled, due to weather).
    Flights and hotels were reasonably priced.

  4. i’ve always, often, visited Oahu in Mar. i’ve found the climate very comfortable. early Mar. before the Spring Break crowd begins is wise. on the off chance it might rain it’s sporadic and brief. that being said, for one who loved the visits, so much i moved there, there isn’t a bad time to “go visit Hawaii” ™

    • Awesome Edward! Where did you move to? How has it been living there? It is on our minds to move more and more since we have had the coldest longest winter in my life!

      • Waianae, is the jewel for me. leaving Honolulu the rent prices fall & you discover more of the natural, slower pace & more grateful “Ohana” life style Hawaii is known for. everything one needs is on the single coastal road so ditch the car & the expense. Kapolei offers the upscale amenities. dramatic sunsets every evening. mountains behind you, ocean in front simple endless beauty, i love the west side.

  5. Hi Shelia,

    Big fan of your website! Quoting from this article, “From our experience, we tend to book our trips when we find airfare deals. We check fares on a daily basis.”
    I tend to do just the opposite, I book my accommodations then the airfare. How has that worked for you? Specifically did you have to rethink your resort accommodations to work with your air? Thanks!

    • Hi Nan,

      Thanks for reading Go Visit Hawaii!

      From our experience, unless we’re going to be in Hawaii over a holiday, we’ve always been able to find the accommodations we prefer. The only time we weren’t able to stay at a particular resort was when we were in Kauai last year over Valentine’s Day. We were hoping to stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, but they were sold out.

      We have paid anywhere from $580-ish to nearly $1,200-ish for flights per person. So, whenever we can get flights around or under $700, that usually results in a big savings for us.

  6. Glad to see your website.Hawaiian island is very unique and more attractive.there is a very untouched and natural beauti.In the every morning you can enjoy amazing sunrise.

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