Rainy days in Hawaii- what to do

Last month, My Vacation Lady had honeymoon clients in the Big Island and Kauai during Hurricane Lane.  Luckily, they were safe but at the same time, wanted to be able to get out and explore the 2 islands that they were so excited to see.

Marriott Beach Weather Station

Marriott Beach Weather Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While hurricanes are very rare in Hawaii, it does rain so what is there to do on rainy days in the Hawaiian Islands?

Maui

We were in Maui last year during a rainy day and we went to Lahaina town.  Believe it or not, the location where it is situated, usually protects Lahaina from heavy rains.  We shopped, wandered around and did the Atlantis Submarine Tour.   We also saw the Maui Ocean Center which has over 60 exhibits.  If you can’t swim with the sea life on a rainy day, walk thru their clear acrylic tunnel to see sharks sting rays and loads of tropical fish swim around you.

Oahu

There are tons of things to do in Oahu on a rainy day.  Shopping of course is a biggie but if you want to take in some history and culture, Oahu has some great museums to visit on a rainy day.  The Honolulu Museum of Art focusing on Asian Art as well as American and European works.  The Bishop Museum was once designed to hold Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s personal family heirlooms but now holds the worlds largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts. History buffs will enjoy the Pacific Aviation Museum or the Iolani Palace.  Take a tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Palace in the Nuuanu Valley.

Big Island

If you’re in Hilo, check out the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and don’t miss the planetarium exhibits.  Sample some wines at the Volcano Winery.  Watch as cookies are being made and taste some at the Big Island Candies factory and store

If you’re on the Kona side, there are always coffee plantations to visit.  How about visiting the SeaHorse Farm where they raise seahorses.

Kauai

Kauai has 2 museums.  The Kauai Museum in Lihue has some wonderful displays on the Polynesians voyaging to Hawaii up through the Plantation Era.  The Grove Farm Museum is the original house on a sugar plantation from the 1800’s.  You’re going to get wet and muddy on an ATV tour so if it is still operating, why not do it in the rain?

We never anticipate rainy days in Hawaii but they will happen so My Vacation Lady wants to help you make the best of it.  We are Hawaiian Destination Specialists and can help you plan your dream vacation or honeymoon to the Hawaiian Islands.

 

About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.