Let’s look at the details you need to know when considering a June vacation in Hawaii. June is certainly a nice time to visit Hawaii.
What’s the weather like in Hawaii in June?
June’s weather is usually quite pleasant. Daytime high temperature average in the low to mid 80s F. Nighttime temperatures only dip into the lower 70s F. On average June is the month for the least rainfall levels. Overall, June typically offers some of the best weather of the year for Hawaii.
Here are the average rainfall levels by island for the month of June:
Kauai – 1.61 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 – 0.46 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 – 0.20 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 – 0.42 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 7.37 inches of rainfall for June per Weather.com.
Lanai – 1.61 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. Data sourced from Weather.com.
Molokai – 0.63 inches – This average, per Weather.com, is for the airport just west of Kaunakakai town. Weather towards the east side will be rainier.
In June, Hawaii’s ocean temperatures are certainly good for swimming and other ocean sports. For more information, see our article on Hawaii ocean temperatures.
Though not necessarily weather-related, it’s worth mentioning that daylight hours are practically maximized in June and July. If you are planning long hikes or sight-seeing trips, you’ll have more daylight hours than compared months around winter.
Is June a crowded time to visit Hawaii?
With summer vacations starting in June, this month is starting to be one of the busier months of the year — not the busiest, but a bit more than average per our analysis of Hawaii visitor arrival data from 2012 and 2013. The first half of June tends to be less crowded than the second half of the month. This trend is due to the timing of the end of year for schools. With the school year ending, more families are traveling to Hawaii towards the end of June.
We have been to Hawaii in early and late June on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii, the Big Island. Even with June visitors arrivals being a bit above average, we never felt like the islands were crowded.
Is June an expensive time to go to Hawaii?
Per Hawaii hotel cost trends, June accommodation rates start out being about average. Then, as more folks are starting their summer vacations as the month progresses, rates increase along with the demand. Likewise, the better airfare rates are typically found earlier in the month.
Are there any special festivals or reasons to visit Hawaii in June?
The major Hawaii festivals typically held in June are as follows:
- Oahu – Pan-Pacific Festival
- Maui – The Maui Film Festival and Kapalua Wine & Food Festival are Maui’s top two festivals in June.
- Kauai – Kauai Hula Exhibition
Beyond the major festivals, you might find other celebrations during your June visit by searching the Events tab under the Vacation Directory (currently on the sidebar) on GoHawaii.com.
So, is June a good month to visit Hawaii?
In summary, June weather is typically excellent. In early June the accommodation rates and crowds are down. A June vacation, particularly in the first two weeks of the month, gets our seal of approval.
This article about visiting Hawaii in June is part of a series of articles to help you choose the ideal time for a Hawaii vacation.
Have you been to Hawaii in June? Where did you go? How was your visit?