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Big Island of Hawaii Weather - December

Warm days perfect for a game of golf or for exploring wondrous rainforests and underwater treasures greet the visitor to the Big Island of Hawaii in December. The sun shines brightly on enticing retreats like Hapuna Beach, where swimming, body boarding and volleyball make for a fun day at play. From whale watching to catching the fish of a lifetime, the possibilities for exciting things to do are endless. December special events are full of holiday spirit and highlight Hawaiian culture, great food, fine entertainment and new year revelry.

December Weather Report -

The tall mountains, surrounding warm waters and trade winds give the Big Island of Hawaii a variety of weather conditions. The topographical features greatly influence the temperature and precipitation, sometimes causing snow to fall at the summit of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in winter. The areas on the windward (eastern) coast are wetter and get abundant December rain. Those on the leeward (western) coast are less humid and receive little rainfall. The average December temperature range in Hilo, on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is 65ºF (low) to 79ºF (high). December rainfall averages 11.6 inches, enough to provide consistently high relative humidity. Average wind speed is 7.2 mph. Sea surface temperature averages 73ºF.
At Kona, often called Kailua-Kona, on the western side of the island, the temperature range is 68ºF - 83ºF. Rainfall is rare, measuring 1.7 inches for the month. Humidity is usually low.

December is packed with seasonal special events on the Big Island of Hawaii -

Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade -

On the first Saturday in December, the holiday season officially begins in Waimea with a big parade of brightly lit vehicles and floats. Set for December 1, 2012, the parade goes along Mamalahoa Highway and ends at Waimea Park. Vendors selling tasty treats, hot cocoa and other refreshments are on site. Post-parade festivities include a photo op with Santa.

big Island December Event - Waimea twilight Christmas Parade
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Holualoa Music & Light Festival-

The winter holidays are welcomed by Holualoa Village each year with an evening tree lighting ceremony and a big celebration on December 1, 2012. Art gallery and gift shop owners invite everyone to browse and enjoy complimentary snacks, holiday treats, Kona coffee and other beverages. Live music, Santa arriving in a convertible and lots of lights around the library and landscape really make the season bright.

Big Island December Event - Holualoa Music and Light Festival
Image source http://www.holualoahawaii.com/

Christmas at the Fairmont: Dining with the Chefs -

An exquisite evening of fine dining and enchanting entertainment that benefits culinary education programs awaits guests at this holiday celebration. The annual fundraiser for tomorrow’s top chefs is scheduled for 5:30 - 8 pm on December 8, 2012 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast. The evening features 20 of the island’s best chefs and confectioners, jazz performances under the stars and a live auction. Since sellouts are common, buy tickets in advance.

Big Island December Event - Christmas at the Fairrmont Dining with the Chefs
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Lava Mochi Pounding -

Mochi Pounding- An endearing Japanese tradition of preparing rice cakes by pounding the cooked sticky rice with wet mallets is said to bring good luck in the coming year for all who partake. The public is invited to this annual event at Wailea Village Akiko's Buddhist Bed & Breakfast in Hakalau that begins with building a fire at 6 am on December 29, 2012. Attendees can purchase lunch, enjoy Hawaiian entertainment and participate in crafts and calligraphy activities.

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations -

Many hotels, resorts and restaurants have special dinners and/or parties. Some have fireworks and some have ball or balloon drops. All have countdown clocks, loads of party favors, midnight toasts, lively music and lots of adult beverages. Among the more famous are the festivities at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, the Fairmont Orchid and the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Anyone just wanting to get a glimpse of the pyrotechnics and skip the party should check out the area near the Four Seasons Resort Hualapai (Kona).

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Best bets for warm November weather activities on the Big Island of Hawaii -

An endless array of enticing things to do in November makes the Big Island of Hawaii a top vacation destination. From rainforests full of exotic flora and fauna to sun-kissed beaches and bays that offer an assortment of exhilarating water sports, visiting this island paradise can be the experience of a lifetime.

Although showers are common, days that are complete washouts are rare. The weather should not interfere with hitting the fairways of the island’s gorgeous golf courses. Some of the more notable links in Kona and on the Kohala Coast include the Hualalai Golf Course, the Kona Country Club, the Mauna Golf Course and the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Each course has its own charming setting and challenge.

The island has beaches with sand and features to suit each swimmer, surfer and sunbather. Hapuna Beach, on the Kohala Coast, has light sand, crystal-clear water, fantastic views of ancient volcanoes and lots of room to spread out. Swimmers, snorkelers and boogie boarders love this place. Mauna Kea Beach (Kauna'oa Bay) has lots of palm trees and soft white sand. The abundance of sea turtles, parrotfish and other interesting creatures along its rocky (southern) side make it a favorite for snorkeling.

Among the other interesting things to do are whale watching, fishing, eco touring and visiting the volcanoes. Take a boat tour to see the humpback whales and spinner dolphins not far from the Kohala shoreline. Hop on a fishing charter and go after some marlin and mahi mahi. World Botanical Gardens in Hakalau has a tropical rainforest, fascinating Kamae'e Falls, magnificent wild orchid and other exotic plant displays, nature trails, a canopy zip line and spectacular views of the Mauna Kea volcano. Other volcano adventures include hiking along the Kilauea Iki Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and visiting the Mauna Kea Summit in the evening to get an awesome look at the planets and stars.

Shoppers visiting during Thanksgiving week should take advantage of Black Friday deals. Most big box stores and popular malls like Hilo’s Prince Kuhio Plaza have special sales on great holiday gifts. The Keauhou Shopping Center near Kona has lots of smaller shops, and restaurants ready to refuel bargain hunters before another round of intense shopping.

Vacation Planning Tips:

Book accommodations early to get the best deal at the desired location. Also, reservations for Thanksgiving dinner - especially the Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel - should be made in advance.

Lightweight casual clothes are suitable for most activities all month. On the occasional rainy day, a light jacket or rain poncho should be enough to stay dry. Those who have plans for more formal dining or evening entertainment should bring along some fancier outfits and accessories. Anyone exploring some of the more rugged and remote areas should wear shoes that protect the feet and provide a good grip.

Interested in visting the Big Island in January? See our January Big Island weather report and our list of January activities and events on the Big Island


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