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Big Island of Hawaii Weather - February

Mild is the weather word to describe late winter on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is ideal for doing everything from sightseeing to enjoying a variety of land and water sports. With rain showers common on the windward coast, they can occasionally get in the way of a day at the beach or on the golf course. But the sun shines most days, especially on the leeward side of the island, inviting visitors to try some of this paradise’s most enticing activities such as snorkeling, eco touring, kayaking, biking and exploring the wonders of the rainforest and the volcanic landscape. Special events in February celebrate Hawaii’s rich cultural diversity and opportunities to taste its bountiful foods.

February Weather Report -

The Big Island of Hawaii has an assortment of topographical features that result in many microclimates. Another factor affecting the weather is an area’s direct exposure to trade winds. The windward (eastern) coast is generally wet and humid, and a scarcity of precipitation on the leeward (western) side produces an arid environment.

The average February temperature range in Hilo, on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is 63ºF (low) to 79ºF (high). February is a wet month, with an average of 9.94 inches of rain. That abundant rainfall causes the humidity to be high and provides a perennially lush landscape. Average wind speed is 7.7 mph. Sea surface temperature averages 72ºF.
At Kona, sometimes called Kailua Kona, on the western side of the island, the temperature range is 66ºF - 82ºF. Rainfall is only 1.2 inches and humidity is usually low.

February has a variety of interesting special events on the Big Island of Hawaii-

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival -

With spring arriving early in Hawaii, the appearance of beautiful blossoms on the cherry trees is something to celebrate. Scheduled for February 2, 2013, the annual festival starts with the Japanese tradition of hanami, viewing the historic cherry trees at Church Row Park. It continues at various venues with activities that include a quilt show, multi-cultural performing artists, martial arts exhibitions, craft and cooking demonstrations, and food samplings. Lots of local craft and food booths are onsite.

Big Island February Event - Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival
image source http://www.cbfhawaii.com/

Hilo Chinese New Year Festival -

Downtown Hilo is the place to be on February 9, 2013. The annual event welcomes the lunar new year with lion dancers meandering through the streets. Kalakaua Park is festival central, with vendors selling food, arts, crafts, and Asian and Hawaiian gifts. Lots of cultural information is always available, as are demonstrations of martial arts and calligraphy. Entertainment is nonstop. Other features include free food tasting and lots of interesting things to do just for kids.

Big Island February Event - Hilo Chinese New Year Festival
image source http://www.honolulumagazine.com/images/2010/Aug10/Masters/IolaniLuahine2.jpg

UH Hilo International Nights -

Cultural diversity is celebrated on campus each year with a two-night sight and sound spectacular. Set for February 22 - 23, 2013 at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, the public can purchase tickets for these entertaining shows that feature song, dance, drumming and much more. Performers from a variety of places that range from Pacific islands to Peru, India to Ireland always present an enjoyable program.

Big Island February Event - UH Hilo International Nights
image source http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~isa/gallery/2008/InternationalNights_2008/images/samoa_146.jpg

Grow Hawaiian Festival -

A great time to visit the Amy Greenwell Botanical Garden in Captain Cook is during this annual festival. Scheduled for February 23, 2013, this event celebrates Hawaii’s bountiful flora and foods grown on the islands. Attendees can watch cooking and cultivation demonstrations, learn about native plants and local lore, and listen to live music. Hands-on activities for all ages like poi pounding and special fun things to do for kids make for an enjoyable afternoon.

Big Island February Event - Grow Hawaiian Festival
image source http://www.bishopmuseum.org/media/2011/pr11011.html

Best bets for mild February weather activities on the Big Island of Hawaii -

Although the calendar still indicates winter, life on the Big Island of Hawaii in February is in full bloom, at places like the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, at the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens and all across the island. The first time visitor can experience the island’s wide array of natural attractions and leisure activities, and enjoy Hawaiian hospitality and great food at a spectacular luau such as the Gathering of the Kings at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast. Veteran visitors can return to the beautiful beaches and other sites that hold a special place in their heart and also tackle many tasks like riding a zip line over the rainforest canopy and other adventurous challenges on their bucket list.

With winter winding down, February is a great time to hop on a boat and take a whale watching tour. Since humpbacks are in the area only until spring, this is prime time to observe these mesmerizing mammals before they head north. Another shipboard activity to consider is a sport fishing trip to catch and capture on camera some huge marlin and ahi tuna. Snorkel and scuba enthusiasts would like the excellent clarity and visibility of the warm waters off the Kona Coast. Kayakers can tour Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument. Other opportunities on or above the water include stand up paddle boarding (SUP), surfing, jet skiing and parasailing.

Golf on the Big Island’s gorgeous greens is great. The only caveat is the weather, which can be rainy on the eastern (windward) side of the island. But the sun usually returns rather quickly, allowing anyone with a multi-day stay to tee off at the attractive Hilo Municipal Golf Course. With a more secure weather forecast, a round at Waikaloa, Mauna Lani or Hualapai - all on the west coast - might be the way to go.

Volcanoes National Park and especially its active Kilauea Volcano are not to be missed. Take a guided eco tour and see the crater, caldera, steam vents, lava tubes and much more. Or, hop in the car and go on a self-guided tour. If time is short, an airplane or helicopter tour provides an awesome perspective and a great photo op.

Vacation Planning Tips:

With schools closed in many U.S. cities for Presidents Week, Hawaii is a popular winter vacation destination each February. Make sure to book accommodations early to get the best rates and amenities at the desired location. Also make reservations for popular island tours, luaus and Valentine’s Day dinner at fine dining establishments in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bring along personal sports gear and shoes that are appropriate for the kinds of activities on that things to do list. Many sites such as the more remote areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are quite rugged, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes that are slip resistant are recommended. Of course, a rain jacket or poncho always comes in handy in Hilo and environs. And while casual clothes are fine for daytime activities, anyone expecting to take advantage of the exciting evening entertainment in the bigger cities should pack a nice outfit or two for a night on the town.

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

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