Warm days and pleasantly cool evenings await the visitor who wishes to start the new year on this island paradise. Oahu’s miles and miles of beautiful beaches and sparkling surf are perfect for fishing, enjoying water sports and escaping from the workaday world. From historic sites like Pearl Harbor to dozens of gorgeous golf courses, excellent restaurants and exciting entertainment options to whale watching and experiencing countless ecotourism treasures, Oahu is loaded with intriguing things to do and see. Sports, culture and community celebrations lead the list of January’s special events.
Since the weather on the island of Oahu is a result of many diverse influences, it is not surprising that its microclimates vary significantly. Weather conditions on the windward coast in places like Kailua are cooler and wetter in April than areas on the leeward coast. Both the trade winds and the mountains play an important part in producing Oahu’s weather.
The temperature range for Honolulu on the southeastern coast of Oahu in April is 68ºF (low) to 83ºF (high). Honolulu and vicinity average 1.18 inches of rainfall in April. The average wind speed is 11.6 mph. April humidity averages 70%. Pacific water (sea surface) temperature averages 76ºF.
At Kailua, the temperature range is 63 - 77ºF. Rainfall averages 5.67 inches.
On the first Friday evening of each month, Chinatown, in downtown Honolulu, welcomes locals and visitors to tour its wonderful galleries, studios and boutiques. The Hawaii State Art Museum on South Hotel Street often hosts concerts and special exhibitions that coincide with this monthly event. Art exhibits are featured at local cafes and restaurants, too. And there are always shopping discounts, live entertainment and after-tour gatherings at some of the trendiest neighborhood bars.
Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games - Kapiolani Park in Honolulu is the venue for this annual gathering and athletic competition. Set for April 6 -7, 2013, the weekend festival features daily parades, craft demonstrations, bands, bagpipers, drummers and colorfully clad Celtic dancers. Vendors selling an assortment of tasty treats, Celtic clothing, musical instruments and jewelry are onsite. A fascinating array of games include caber toss, stone put, hammer throw, tug of war, wrestling, rolling pin throw and frying pan toss.
Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most beloved bizarre food festivals, the humble can of spam is celebrated in a big way each year at this fun event. Scheduled for April 27, 2013 on Kalakaua Avenue, 30,000 spam fans clad in their spam hats and shirts are expected to attend and to enjoy the live entertainment and creative culinary delights that feature spam as an important component of each delicious dish. Anyone wishing to augment their spam-themed collection can buy sporting goods, clothes, crafts, house wares, home décor products and much more at this family friendly festival.
Kailua Road is fun central for this annual event that is scheduled for April 28, 2013. Some of the best dishes and beverages on the island are provided by local restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, cafes, confectioneries and sushi bars. Live entertainment is nonstop. A special kids area has lots of exciting things to do. Anyone looking to buy a beautiful work of art or some attractive handmade crafts should definitely check out the vendor booths at this windward community celebration.
Oahu is home to some of the finest fishing grounds and best beaches in the United States, and the most beautiful golf courses on the planet. Visitors can play all day in this Pacific paradise. And when the sun goes down, options include a banquet fit for a king at a Honolulu Chinatown eatery, a sunset cruise with dancing and delicious island cuisine, and a night on the town at any one of a number of trendy clubs in Waikiki and beyond.
After visiting iconic sites like Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor, and spending a few days on the beach, it’s time to experience the rest of Oahu. Consider a visit to Kualaloa Ranch, about an hour’s drive from Honolulu. It is a world apart from the bustle of the big city and offers an assortment of exciting and safe adventures. One tour is a film fan’s dream, with stops at locations made famous in blockbusters such as Jurassic Park. The jungle expedition tour on a 6-wheel drive Swiss Pinzgauer provides access to areas full of exotic creatures and magnificent plants. An assortment of ATV and horseback tours provide breathtakingly beautiful views of a vast landscape that goes from the mountains to the Pacific.
Kids of all ages might want to check out some spots that are tons of fun. Ride the slides and float along the lazy river at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii in Kapolei. See the scary creatures that lurk beneath the sea, watch the dolphins jump for joy and enjoy all that Sea Life Park in Waimanalo has to offer. Ride the Pineapple Express, see hundreds of hibiscus, and navigate through the twists and turns of the world’s largest botanical maze. Spend a day at the Honolulu Zoo, where there are lots of exotic animals and a nice collection of native flowers and shrubs. Bring along a camera to capture those special moments when a rare bird comes into view. And what would a visit to Oahu be without attending a luau? Two of the most popular are the Polynesian Cultural Center and Paradise Cove productions. Feast on tasty tropical cuisine, enjoy the hula dancing and other engaging entertainment, and take lots of pictures.
When Easter is in April, accommodations for a holiday week stay should be booked as far in advance as possible to assure getting the best price at the desired location. It’s also wise to make reservations early for special tours, tee times and Easter dinner at popular restaurants.
Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen at the beach, on the golf course and wherever shade is at a premium. Bring along some dressier outfits for special evenings out and sturdy, slip resistant shoes for any eco exploring in remote or rugged areas. Have a rain poncho or jacket handy for those April showers, especially when spending time in typically wetter areas of Oahu.
Interested in visting Oahu in May? See our May Oahu weather report and our list of Oahu activities and events in May
When traveling to Oahu consider staying in a private vacation rental. They are usually much more spacious than a hotel room and a fraction of the cost.
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