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About Hawaii

Weather

Temperatures will be in the high 80's on most days, with light prevailing trade winds from the northeast these are Hawaii's natural cooling winds that prevail about 300 days out of the year. During the evening, temps will drop to the low to mid 70's.

If, by chance, the trade winds are not blowing, or if southerly winds are blowing, temps during the day will climb to the low to mid 90's, and stay in the low to mid 80's at night. Humidity in Hawaii generally averages around 60%, day and night.

Time difference

During the summer, Hawaii is six hours behind New York (Eastern Time Zone), five hours behind Chicago (Central Time); four hours behind Denver (Mountain Time) and three hours behind San Francisco (Pacific Time). In August, the sun rises around 6:00 a.m., and sets around 7:00 p.m.

Rainfall

August is one of the drier months of the year in Hawaii, but the University of Hawaii is located at the entrance to Manoa Valley. Light misty showers are common in Manoa, especially early morning and late afternoon. An umbrella is not a bad idea it will allow you to see the many rainbows which frequent the area when the showers pass, and will give you some shade when the sun comes out again as it always does in Hawaii. Remember, you're in the tropics. Bring lots of sun screen (SPF 50 or similar), shades and flip-flops (slippers, for the uninitiated).

Shopping/Sightseeing

Stores in Hawaii typically stay open until 9:00 p.m. every night except Sunday, when they close a little earlier. Waikiki stores often stay open until 10:00 p.m. every night. Evening also is a good time to take in island entertainment opportunities like the Polynesian Cultural Center. And no visit to Hawaii is complete without a leisurely evening stroll down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki this is people-watching at its very best, in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

Note

August is one of the busiest times of the year for Hawaii tourism. All Waikiki beachfront hotel rooms are already sold out, and most off-beach properties will be at 95-99% occupancy. Be advised that almost every restaurant in Hawaii will be busy in the evening, and reservations at prime eating and entertainment spots may be hard to get. Best advice: plan early and book early.

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