Recently, two different friends have asked me when is the slowest time to go to Hawaii. Neither friend likes crowds, so they’d like to take their first visits to Hawaii at a quiet time.
I like to avoid going to Hawaii during the high seasons. That being said, I have been to Hawaii during some peak times (New Years Eve and Easter) and I had fantastic visits. Once again, I have to say that anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii. Some times are just greater than others.
I’d like to mention that the slowest seasons in Hawaii also correspond to the lowest hotel rates and usually better airfare deals. With demand down, hotels and airlines lower rates to entice visitors.
In my article Best times to Visit Hawaii – Weather, Price, Crowds, I provide an overview of some of the slowest times. With this article, I want to expand upon that a bit with more detail. The following months and periods of time are either low or shoulder seasons, making them great times to avoid crowds.
With weather warming up on the Mainland, the “snowbirds” aren’t in desperate need for a Winter warm up.
- the days immediately around Easter when the holiday falls in April
- the last week in April is a known as Golden Week in Japan with three Japanese Holidays in the same week. To escape crowds, you’ll want to avoid Waikiki, during Golden Week as it is very popular with Japanese tourists.
With the mainland weather warming up even more, Hawaii isn’t crowded as mainlanders are content to stay at home with signs of Spring
Exception: Memorial Day Weekend (around the last Monday of May)
June (first week only)
The reason the first week of June is quiet is that most Mainland schools are still in session. The first week is a relatively slow time before the busy summer vacation season begins.
Mainland schools have started their new year, the crowds of summer are gone.
Exception: Before and around Labor Day Weekend
This entire month is a quiet time to visit.
This month is one of the quietest times of the year.
Exception: Thanksgiving weekend around the last Thursday of the month.
Like November, December is very quiet as most Mainlanders are preparing for the holidays. Up until about December 20th, you’ll practically have the islands all to yourself. After that, don’t even think about going to Hawaii is you’re hoping for a very slow time.
- Around December 20th, folks who are flocking to Hawaii to celebrate Christmas begin to arrive.
- The days during and around Christmas
- New Years Eve
In a nutshell, Hawaii is busiest during holidays, when it’s Winter in North America, and when kids are out of school.
Have you been to Hawaii during a quiet period or during a busy holiday? When did you go? What was your experience?