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Big Island of Hawaii Weather - October

Autumn days on the Big Island of Hawaii are warm and boast lots of sunshine and gentle breezes. While Hilo does get a fair share of rain, it should not interfere with plans to enjoy the island’s rich array of attractions and entertaining things to do. With spectacular golf courses always close by and fertile fishing grounds not far from shore, so much fun can be jam-packed into each day on this enchanting island paradise. Seasonal celebrations lead the list of exciting special events in October.

October Weather Report -

In October and throughout the year, trade winds and geography have much influence on the climate of the various regions on the Big Island of Hawaii. Areas along the windward (eastern) coast are humid and get generous amounts of precipitation. Those on the leeward (western) coast are generally warmer in autumn and get very little rainfall.
The average October temperature range in Hilo, on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is 69ºF (low) to 83ºF (high). Average precipitation is 9.8 inches of rain. Humidity tends to be moderate to high. Average wind speed is 6.7 mph. Sea surface temperature averages 75ºF.
At Kona, often called Kailua Kona, on the western side of the island, the temperature range is 72ºF - 87ºF. Rainfall is a slight .9 of an inch and humidity is usually low.

October is loaded with exciting special events on the Big Island of Hawaii -

World Peace Festival -

This annual multi-cultural celebration that is dedicated to peace and harmony is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 6, 2012 on Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo Bay. The day’s agenda includes guest speakers, music and dance performances, and exhibits. Lots of food and crafts vendors offer an assortment of tasty treats and treasures for sale. Fun and interesting activities for all ages round out the program.

Big Island October Event - World Peace Festival
image source http://www.hawaii-aloha.com/blog/2011/10/10/world-peace-starts-in-hilo/

Oktoberfest -

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay has scheduled its annual fall celebration of beer and brats for October 12, 2012 at Aunty Sally's Luau House. Lots of delicious Bavarian dishes and brews are on tap. Expect to hear some oompah music, see lots of lederhosen, German hats and happy people dancing.

Big Island October Event - Oktoberfest
photo by Richard Crowe source http://hubble.uhh.hawaii.edu/Rotary/Photos/Oktoberfest_2011.html

Big Island Ironman Triathlon Kona -

The Ironman World Championship is one of the most challenging endurance races ever. Now set at a most dramatic site - the Kona Coast - athletes must swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 mile (a full marathon). Spectators who come to the Kailua-Kona event on October 13, 2012 can watch with wonder as the participants jump into the water and then return to Kailua Pier. Others can stake out a viewing spot along the grueling course over blazing lava fields. Most spectators wait along Ali’i Drive to cheer on the exhausted athletes as they cross the finish line.

Big Island October Event - Big Island Ironman Triathlon Kona
image source www.mtcapra.com/ironman-world-championship-a-photo-journal/

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll -

One Sunday afternoon each month, Alii Drive along beautiful Kailua Bay is turned into a pedestrian mall and marketplace. Scheduled for Oct. 21, 2012, the public is invited to enjoy free music performances, watch artists at work and check out the great street booths, shops and restaurants. Traditional island entertainment on the lawn at Hulihee Palace honoring Hawaiian royalty begins at 4pm.

Big Island October Event - Kokua Kailua Village Stroll
image source http://historickailuavillage.com/celebrations/kokua-kailua-village-stroll.html

Halloween -

All across the Big Island of Hawaii, Halloween week each year is full of fun and fright. On October 27, 2012, Ohana Halloween Pa’ina will be held at the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona. Included at this free family event are musical entertainment, vendors and costume contests. There are also many things to do just for kids such as “scary-oke”, “I-Scream” eating contest, waterslides, bouncing castles, and a rock climbing wall. The Aloha Performing Arts Company (APAC) celebrates Halloween each year with performances of the "Rocky Horror Show.” Scheduled for Oct 25-28 and 31, 2012 in their Kainaliu (south of Kailua-Kona) theater, this spooky event always draws a nice crowd of loyal fans. Participation props will be for sale. Dates for many other Halloween events such as the HPA Pumpkin Patch Festival in Waimea and Candyland at the Old Airport Football Field in Kailua-Kona are set in early autumn.

Big Island October Event - Halloween
photo by Pedro J. Ferreira source http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedroferrer/3615212504/

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

People come to the Big Island of Hawaii to experience its unique features that include magnificent beaches and awe-inspiring volcanoes. Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast (northwestern part of the island) is known for its fine facilities and gentle surf, great for swimming and boogie boarding. Its clear water and coral reef at the south end of the beach make it easy for snorkelers to spot a variety of fish. Hilo’s Keaukaha Beach Park is also good for swimming and snorkeling, and is quite convenient for anyone staying in that area.

Getting close to a volcano is a must for first-time visitors. Besides offering a great view of Kilauea’s summit, hiking trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lead visitors to lava fields, petroglyphs, craters, steam vents and cinder cones. Some paths are definitely challenging and geared to adventurers who are physically fit. Others are easy to follow, making them very accessible to wheelchairs and baby strollers. Other possibilities are a helicopter tour and a coastal boat excursion.

Golf and fishing fans find the Big Island of Hawaii to have everything they’re always dreamed of. Captivating courses can be found in a multitude of marvelous settings, from the edge of a rainforest to a cliff overlooking the sparkling Pacific. Opportunities to make the catch of a lifetime can be found in the waters all around the island, with marlin the most likely big fish to get hooked.

A nice break from beach, boating and other outdoor activities or a Plan B for what to do on a rainy day along the eastern coast is a visit to the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, located on the University of Hawaii - Hilo campus. It has fascinating exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a wonderful collection of plants in its native garden, where over 50 species from Hawaii's seaside, plains and other microenvironments are flourishing. Another option is a trip to Prince Kuhio Plaza. This indoor mega mall has Macy’s, Sears, lots of shops and restaurants, and a 9-screen movie theater.

Vacation Planning Tips:

Having the right footwear is fundamental to a successful visit. Anyone exploring rough terrain such as lava fields or rocky beaches where sea turtles hang out should bring along sturdy shoes that provide protection and traction. Although the autumn sun and shimmering surf in Hawaii are wonderful, se sure to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses. Time in Hilo and other eastern coastal (windward) areas usually means an encounter with showers. Be prepared with a rain poncho or jacket.

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

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