Warm air, refreshing breezes and mild ocean temperatures make August an ideal time to visit Oahu. Whether one’s desire is to explore the rich ecological treasures offshore or in vast areas of pristine rainforest, or to simply stretch out on the sand and soak up some Hawaiian sunshine, the possibilities of pleasant things to do is boundless. With rain chances slim, nothing should get in the way of a fun day outdoors. Great places for surfing, scuba diving, fishing, golfing, tennis and other water and land activities are close by. Outstanding restaurants and great shopping in Honolulu and many other Oahu communities offer lots of options. Among the special event offerings in August are some that celebrate Hawaii’s rich native culture, its diversity and the wonderful world of music.
The weather conditions often vary considerably on the island of Oahu. With the trade winds out of the northeast and a mountainous region in the middle of the island, places along the windward coast such as Kailua get more rain and are usually cooler in August than areas on the leeward coast.
The temperature range for Honolulu on the southeastern coast of Oahu in August, the warmest month of the year, is 74ºF (low) to 88ºF (high). One of the driest months of the year, August rainfall averages just .93 of an inch. August is one of the windiest months of the year in Honolulu, with an average speed of 12.8 mph. August humidity averages 61%. Pacific water (sea surface) temperature averages 80ºF.
At Kailua, the temperature range is 67 - 82ºF. Rainfall averages 2.10 inches.
Every August, over 400 vendors and almost 40,000 attendees flock to the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibit Hall & Arena in Honolulu to be part of a gigantic festival that celebrates a wide range of products that are proudly made in Hawaii. Everything from soup crackers to macadamia nut cookies, designer doggy shirts to elegant earrings and much more are showcased by the artists, bakers and craftsmen who lovingly produce their wares in the islands. Some of the most popular features of the festival are the musical performances, food samples offered by many vendors and cooking demonstrations presented by some of Hawaii’s top chefs. The 2012 festival is scheduled for August 17 - 19.
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The accomplishments of the man who brought Hawaiian surfing and other ocean water sports into prominence in the 20th century, Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku, are celebrated each August with a huge festival. On August 18-26, 2012, Waikiki’s waters will be the place where surfers, swimmers, surf polo players and other sportsmen gather to compete and raise money for the wonderful work done by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. Among the other events that will delight spectators are the lei-draping ceremony at the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Kuhio Beach, an outrigger canoe wave surfing exhibition, a beach volleyball tournament and the Hawaii paddleboard championship. Food booths on the beach are part of the customary plan. The Great Hawaiian Luau held at the Waikiki Aquarium on Saturday night is always a big success.
Some of the best slack key guitar artists gather at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu each August to wow the crowds of fans with their virtuoso performances. The festival also features a variety of Hawaiian foods, crafts and exhibits. The event is scheduled for August 19, 2012.
The Greek community invites everyone to celebrate its rich culture and delicious cuisine each August at the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. On August 25 and 26, 2012, gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita, baklava and moussaka will be on the menu. Vendors will be selling fishermen’s hats, worry beads and bottles of olive oil. The bands will play lots of traditional bouzouki tunes; people will enjoy some Greek beer and ouzo; everyone will dance and have a great time.
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"Ka Himeni Ana" Hawaiian Music Competition - This annual event at Honolulu’s historic, beloved and beautifully restored 1922 Hawaii Theatre is scheduled for August 25, 2012. The songs presented by duos and larger groups are all sung in the Hawaiian language and are accompanied by the soft, acoustic sounds of ukuleles, guitars and upright basses. For anyone who enjoys traditional singing and sweet vocal harmonizing, this event is a real treat.
First time visitors should definitely put some unique places and activities that have made Oahu famous at the top of their things to do list. A visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial brings history to life. Participation in a luau is an opportunity to share the warmth, culture and traditional cuisine of the Pacific islands. A ride in an outrigger canoe is a great way to experience the waves and get a sense of how people traveled from island to island many years ago.
With warm, dry weather always in the daily August weather forecast, dozens of water and land sports are fun options. Parasailing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and kite boarding are very popular. For those with a need for speed, waterskiing and wave running across a jet ski course on Manunalua Bay get the adrenaline going. Golf courses and tennis courts with million dollar views of the Pacific are all over Oahu. Biking, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding at various locales are great for both novices and those who have enjoyed these leisure time activities for many years.
Fishing charter boats and sightseeing excursions depart from various ports. In August, anglers have a good chance of hooking some yellow fin tuna and blue marlin. Pleasure cruises include short excursions in glass bottom boats to see the colorful tropical fish. Trips along the coast to watch the sun set and enchanting evening cruises that offer an excellent view of Diamond Head, a delightful dinner and live entertainment are very popular.
Fans of water parks should definitely check out Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii in Kapolei. Giant slides, a long lazy river and lots of things to do geared toward kids make this park a family favorite. For those fascinated by sea creatures, a trip to Sea Life Park in Waimanalo to see the sea lions, dolphins, rays and others who live in the deep is worthwhile.
With summer winding down and families with kids trying to take advantage of their last vacation days before school starts up again, it is important to book August accommodations early. It is also a good idea to use sunscreen often and wear sunglasses to protect the skin and eyes. Visitors should bring along their favorite lightweight, light-colored casual clothes and beachwear. For those special evenings at nightclubs and fancier restaurants, a nice outfit or two and coordinating shoes and accessories are important to pack.
Anyone exploring the rainforest, climbing along a waterfall or getting close to the extinct volcanic crater should bring along comfortable shoes that offer lots of grip and good foot protection. For those who decide to spend lots of time in the sun, remember to keep hydrated and always have a bottle of water nearby. Visitors to the wetter (windward) side of Oahu should put a plastic rain jacket or poncho in their pocket or backpack for any sudden rain shower that might pop up.
Interested in visting Oahu in September? See our September Oahu weather report and our list of Oahu activities and events in September
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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