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Big Island of Hawaii Weather - July

Summer days on the Big Island of Hawaii are filled with sunshine and wonder. Warm ocean water makes exploring the mysteries of the deep in undersea caverns and experiencing close encounters with turtles and other friendly sea creatures so inviting. From riding zip lines through the rainforest to photographing the volcanoes and majestic mountains, there are so many exciting things to do. The special events calendar for July offers a fine assortment of patriotic and cultural celebrations.

July Weather Report -

Surrounded by warm tropical water and divided by high mountains, the weather on the Big Island of Hawaii varies from region to region. Exposure to trade winds and topographical features account for the drastic differences in precipitation. The areas on the windward (eastern) coast are humid and get lots of rain in July. Those on the leeward (western) coast get hardly any rainfall.
The average July temperature range in Hilo, on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is 69ºF (low) to 83ºF (high). July rainfall typically averages 10.8 inches, a sufficient amount to result in high relative humidity. Average wind speed is 6.9 mph. Sea surface temperature averages 74ºF.
At Kona, often called Kailua Kona, on the western side of the island, the temperature range is 73ºF - 87ºF. Rainfall is scarce, measuring .6 of an inch for the month. Humidity is usually low.

July has a variety of patriotic and cultural special events on the Big Island of Hawaii -

Hilo Bay BBQ Cookoff -

Hilo Bay BBQ Cookoff - The best barbecue cooks from around the islands come to Hilo Bayfront each year to compete for the state championship. Scheduled for July 3-4, 2012, the masters of the grill will conjure up their best beef brisket, chicken, and pork, and hope that they will win a trophy and bragging rights. Poke and chili contests are also on tap. Delicious dishes created by these pit bosses will be available to the public. The event showcases products that are grown and raised in Hawaii.

Big Island July Event - Hilo Bay BBQ Cookoff
Image source http://www.b97hawaii.com/Hilo-Bay-BBQ-Cook-Off-2011/10266497?&imageGalleryXRefId=2380843#imgXR

Fourth of July Parade and Celebration - Volcano Village -

The day’s festivities start out each year with a big parade from the Volcano Post Office, along Old Volcano Road to the Cooper Center. Expect to see lots of antique cars, bands, horses, floats, fire engines and marchers in everything from street clothes to patriotic costumes. At the end of the route, there are food and craft booths, games and music and dance performances.

Big Island July Event - 4th of July Parade and Celebration Volcano Village
image source http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2011/06/20/volcano-news-%E2%80%94-youre-invited-to-the-4th-of-july-parade/

Family Fourth - Queens’ Market Place -

Known for the big way it celebrates holidays, the Queens’ Market Place shopping center in Waikoloa always has a fabulous, fun-filled July 4th for all who attend the festivities. Entertainment ranges from carnival games to balloon sculpting, and features Zoo Choo train rides and lots of things to do for the whole family. In the evening, there is a patriotic band concert and fireworks show at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Big Island July Event - Family 4th Queens Market Place
image source http://damontucker.com/2011/06/26/schedule-for-july-4th-at-the -queens-marketplace-at-the-waikoloa-beach-resort/

Hawaii Volcanoes Cultural Festival -

The rich and varied cultures of Hawaii are celebrated each summer at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the Ka‘u District. Scheduled for July 14, 2012, the event, also known as the Kilauea Cultural Festival, features performances by renowned Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers, and lots of local food and handmade crafts. Attending demonstrations that showcase the art of lei making, Hawaiian canoe building, weaving and gardening are among the many things to do at this popular event.

Big Island July Event - Hawaii Vocanos Cultural Festival
image source http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/festival2009.htm

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

The island has everything that singles, couples and families would want in a vacation paradise. From golf on a meticulously manicured course that faces the Pacific to miles and miles of beautiful beaches that range from snow white to the blackest lava, there are so many enticing things to do in so many exotic settings.

Nature lovers and kids of all ages should consider a visit to Panaewa, on the outskirts of Hilo. It is the only natural rainforest zoo in the United States. Among its most popular residents are the birds that include species from around the islands like the Hawaiian hawks (ios), nenes and gallinules, and lots of parrots from around the globe. Some of the other fascinating creatures on exhibit are the iguanas, turtles, tropical squirrels, monkeys and sloths. Picnics are encouraged, and the variety of palms, orchids, water lilies and other plants provides a nice assortment of botanical subjects ready to be photographed.

A must for most visitors is a close encounter with a volcano. The most popular path to lava country is a hiking trail. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 30 miles southwest of Hilo and 96 miles southeast of Kailua-Kona, there are over 150 miles of hiking trails. Some are wheelchair and baby stroller accessible and as easy as a walk in the park. Others are very challenging. Among the rewards for making the journey are magnificent views of Kilauea’s summit, lava fields, craters, steam vents, cinder cones, petroglyphs and the fauna and flora that thrive in this rocky terrain. Other ways to experience the awe-inspiring volcanic landscape are to take a helicopter tour, a coastal boat excursion or an escorted bus tour.

The Pacific is full of fish and full of opportunities to enjoy water sports. Charter vessels sail from various ports on the east and west coast and allow sport fishermen and fisherwomen to make the catch of the century. A photo taken with a huge tuna or marlin preserves that wonderful memory forever. For fun in the sun and waves, parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing and kayaking are good choices. The best place and time to enjoy kite surfing is on Hilo Bay in the afternoon, when northerly winds usually provide ideal conditions.

Vacation Planning Tips:

Since July is the time that many families with school-age children come to the Big Island of Hawaii, it is wise to book accommodations as early as possible and avoid disappointment. While casual clothes and footwear are great for most days, bring along some fancier outfits and accessories for nights out on the town at clubs and swanky restaurants. If exploring some of the more rugged terrain is on a things to do list, be sure to pack some shoes that are sturdy and provide good traction. Time spent on the wetter side of the island requires some lightweight rain gear.

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

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