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Big Island of Hawaii Weather - June

The Big Island of Hawaii welcomes summer with soft breezes, warm air and comfortable ocean temperatures. Rain is rare along the Kona Coast and more likely in the vicinity of Hilo. There are so many exciting things to do throughout the island in June, when the climate is perfect. So whether one’s preference is donning scuba gear and exploring underwater caverns, visiting volcanoes or stretching out on a quiet beach, June on the Big Island of Hawaii will not disappoint. The special events that include fun festivals and a fishing tournament are worth checking out.

June Weather Report -

The Big Island of Hawaii has many microclimates that are dependent on exposure to trade winds and unique topographical features. Regions and cities along the windward (eastern) coast are humid and get substantial amounts of precipitation. Those on the leeward (western) coast get little rainfall, especially during late spring and summer. .
The average June temperature range in Hilo, on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is 68ºF (low) to 82ºF (high). Although June is the driest month of the year, the average precipitation is 7.4 inches of rain. Humidity tends to be moderate to high. Average wind speed is 7.1 mph. Sea surface temperature averages 74ºF. At Kona, often called Kailua Kona, on the western side of the island, the temperature range is 72ºF - 86ºF. Rainfall is a slight .4 of an inch and humidity is usually low.

June is packed with fascinating special events on the Big Island of Hawaii-

King Kamehameha Day Festival -

June 11th is a state holiday that commemorates the unification of the islands in 1810 and pays tribute to King Kamehameha, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Throughout the islands, lei-draping ceremonies are held at statues of the revered leader and so are parades and community gatherings. On the Big Island of Hawaii, the largest celebration is scheduled for June 9, 2012 in Hilo Bay on Mokuola (Coconut Island). The festival features traditional ceremonies, hula performances, music, chanting and Ho‘okuku Pu (seashell blowing contests). The festival market has dozens of vendors who offer lots of delicious dishes and beautiful Hawaiian-made arts and crafts.

Big Island June Event - Kamehameha Day Festival
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Big Island Chocolate Festival-

An annual event that is making its inaugural appearance at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kaupulehu on the North Kona Coast is set for June 8, 2012. The celebration of a true Hawaiian treasure - the cacao plant - will be led by acclaimed chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners, who will give demonstrations and prepare some of the most delicious chocolate concoctions ever conceived. Among the special events of the gala evening are a chocolate taste-off competition, musical performances, dancing, a silent auction and lots of craft beer and fine wine.

Big Island June Event - Big Island Chocolate Festival
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Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival -

After much success on Maui, this annual music festival is moving to the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii for the May 31 - June 3, 2012 edition. For the first two nights, a kickoff dinner and a VIP dinner are scheduled. The main event featuring performances by many Grammy and other award-winning musicians is June 2nd on the oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach, where food and beverages will be available for purchase. On June 3rd, the festive weekend wraps up with a 9-hole Jazz and Blues Tournament at the Mauna Kea Golf Course.

Big Island June Event - Big Island Jazz and Blue Festival
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Kona Kickoff - Hawaii Marlin Tournament -

The annual Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, a highly acclaimed sport fishing competition, starts its yearly quest for the best big game angler on June 23 - 24, 2012. The petite prized catches include ahi, ono and mahi, 10-50 pounds and up. The real reel challenge is to haul in the mammoth marlin, with blue, black and striped varieties weighing in at a minimum of 300 pounds. Spectators can watch the fishing fleet set sail from the harbor at Kailua-Kona each morning at 7 am and cheer for their favorite team when the boats return at 4 pm.

Big Island June Event - Kona Kickoff Hawaii Marlin Tournament
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Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Cultural Festival -

During this annual festival, admission fees to the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, about 23 miles south of Kailua-Kona are waived. The June 29 - July 1, 2012 celebration starts out with a Royal Court and Ho'okupu Ceremony. Each day, different events are scheduled and include Hawaiian music and hula performances, hands-on crafts instruction and demonstrations, games, canoe rides on Honaunau Bay, hukilau (a traditional type of fishing) and many fun things to do for kids. The highlight of the last day is the Hawaiian food tasting.

Big Island June Event - Pu
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Best bets for warm June weather activities on the Big Island of Hawaii

A round of golf at any of the island’s stunning courses is quite a remarkable experience. Designed by some of the top names in the sport, they are sprinkled throughout the island. Several have gorgeous green fairways that are framed with black lava rock and towering palm trees. Some courses are on the edge of the rainforest and others have Mauna Kea volcano as a backdrop, with pheasants, wild turkeys and ducks dotting the lush landscape.

Along the Kohala Coast, taking a tee shot with the sparkling blue Pacific in the distance is simply amazing.

Beach fans have lots of options. For soft sand and mild waves, Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast at the northwestern part of the island is great for building sandcastles, body surfing and playing volleyball. For a touch of drama close to Hilo, the black sand and abundance of sea turtles sunbathing on the rocks at Richardson Beach Park are quite the spectacle and a terrific photo op. For snorkeling and swimming, Hilo’s Keaukaha Beach Park is a top choice.

Charter boats depart from Kona and take anglers out to where the marlin, tuna and spearfish are ready to be reeled in. On the east coast, charter fishing excursions go after ono, mahi mahi, and ahi tuna. Some of them combine fishing with an up-close and very personal experience along the Volcanoes National Park coastline, where lava tubes, sea arches and innumerable sea creatures are the star attractions.

Vacation Planning Tips:

With so many different things to do, it’s important to bring along the personal gear like broken-in hiking boots that will make treks across the varied landscapes more comfortable. If some sophisticated night spots are on the agenda, be sure to pack some fancier outfits and accessories for evening escapades. Anyone visiting the more remote areas in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or similar places should bring along bottles of water to keep hydrated. Visitors to eastern coastal (windward) areas like Hilo should have a rain poncho or jacket.

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

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