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Big Island of Hawaii Weather - September

Early autumn on the Big Island of Hawaii is warm and inviting. While short but frequent showers on the eastern side keep everything green and growing, Kona and other western areas hardly see a drop of rain in September. Exciting activities abound throughout the island, with volcano viewing, golf, snorkeling and fishing some favorites among locals and visitors. The special events calendar for September has lots of festivals for music, native culture and food fans.

September Weather Report -

The variety of microclimates caused by exposure to trade winds and starkly dissimilar topographical features of the Big Island of Hawaii are astounding. The areas on the windward (eastern) coast get considerable amounts of rain and tend to be humid. Those on the leeward (western) coast get little rainfall. Mountainous areas are generally cooler, especially at night.
The average September temperature range in Hilo, on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is 69ºF (low) to 83ºF (high). Average precipitation is 9.9 inches of rain, resulting in high humidity and thick tropical foliage. Average wind speed is 6.8 mph. Sea surface temperature averages 75ºF.
At Kona, sometimes called Kailua Kona, on the western side of the island, the temperature range is 73ºF - 88ºF, which makes September the warmest month of the year. Rainfall is a mere .8 of an inch and humidity is usually low.

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

Hawaii Island Festival -

30 Days of Aloha - An annual, month-long celebration at various locations in Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast has entertainment, shopping, food and many interesting things to do for the whole family. Some of the most popular events on Labor Day weekend are the poke (fish dish) competition, the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala pageant, and the falsetto and storytelling contest. The Kupuna Hula Festival, with its talented teams of senior (women) dancers, is scheduled for September 13, 2012. On September 15, 2012, dozens of horses will march in the Paniolo Parade and Hoolaulea, which turns into a big party at Waimea Park. The celebration includes lots of food, crafts and music.

Big Island September Event - Hawaii Island Festival
image source http://www.hawaiiislandfestival.org/images/stories/hif/pics2009/parade-hoolaulea/parade5.jpg

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival -

Fans of the distinctive slack key guitar flock to the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa in Kailua-Kona each September for this annual music festival. Scheduled for September 2, 2012, some of the top names in this genre will perform their songs that reflect many themes that are traditionally Hawaiian. Soulful renditions of compositions about the ocean, waterfalls, volcanoes and mountains, and native flora and fauna capture the true spirit of the islands. Arts and crafts made by local artisans and food favorites from around the islands will be for sale.

Big Island Septermber Event - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
image source http://www.slackkeyfestival.com/gallery.html

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival -

More than 30 of Hawaii’s best chefs show their stuff at this annual event that takes place on September 21, 2012 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Their goal is to make the most delicious dishes using 100 percent grass-fed pork, beef, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar. Other ingredients are fresh vegetables and fruit that are grown on the island. Guests can sample the tasty cuisine and meet many of the ranchers and farmers who produce some of the best food products in the land.

Queen Lili'uokalani Outrigger Canoe Races -

Each Labor Day weekend, the Kona Coast hosts the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe races. Named for the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the races are scheduled for September 1-3, 2012. The competition attracts dozens of teams of men and women paddlers from the islands, the mainland and around the globe. Thousands of spectators are drawn to the exciting races, especially the 18-mile race of single hull canoes that go from Kailua Bay to Honaunau. The associated weekend events at the Kailua Kona pier include a torchlight parade, live music concerts, paddling clinic, luau and a cultural crafts fair.

Big Island September event - Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race
photo by Charla Photography image source https://www.kaiopua.org./queen-liliuokalani-results.asp

Breadfruit Festival -

The rich culture of breadfruit ('ulu) - a member of the fig family - in Hawaii and the Pacific is celebrated each year at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona in Captain Cook. Scheduled for September 29, 2012 with the theme, "The Breadfruit Festival goes bananas“, the festival features a cooking contest, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, speakers and presentations by cultural practitioners. Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultural activities like Ulumaika (breadfruit bowling) is one of many fun things to do at this festival.

Big Island September Event - Breadfruit Festival
source http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1269888685/breadfruittraditional-roots-and-modern-fruits

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

The favorable fall sea and air conditions give visitors unlimited choices for pursuing their tropical dreams and accomplishing everything on their things to do list. Golf courses on landscapes that range from rainforest to prairie, ocean-facing to those with a spectacular view of volcanoes, are always close by. Beaches come in all colors and have features that make them great for swimming or surfing or snorkeling.

The Kona Coast is a haven for anglers who seek a trophy catch like marlin and spearfish. Animal lovers who want some close encounters with sea life should check out Kealakekua Bay. Its water is extremely clear, and its coral reefs are home to dolphins, sea turtles and assorted tropical fish. Snorkelers, scuba divers and sea kayakers like to spend time in the area close to the Captain Cook monument.

Many people come to the Big Island of Hawaii to see its volcanoes, past and present. Boat and helicopter tours provide a good view and don’t require any hiking. But for a truly moving experience, following one of the trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the way to go. Kilauea and Mauna Loa have been active for many years and are on every first-time visitor’s must-see list. Mauna Kea, the extinct volcano, is also worth exploring. Seeing the ever-changing geological landscape with its lava fields, lava tubes and evolving sea arches is quite the sight.

Vacation Planning Tips:

When visiting beaches with black sand and/or a rocky shore, be sure to wear water shoes that will protect the feet. Rugged footwear is also recommended for exploring rough terrain. Using sunscreen and sunglasses offers protection from the sun’s harmful rays. With so many great restaurants and night spots, packing some fancier outfits is a good idea. Be prepared for some cloudbursts when visiting the wetter (windward) side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Bring along a rain poncho or jacket.

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

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