December Weather Averages for Hawaii, USA

What's the weather like in Hawaii in December

While December offers cooler weather than the previous months of October and November in Hawaii, an average of eight hours of daily sunshine ensures the climate is always very favourable.

Average temperatures in the last month of the year on this tropical archipelago are forecast to reach levels of 24°C on almost every day. While the island enjoys significantly less rain when compared to the previous month of November.

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  • Temperature Temperature 24°C 74°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 26°C 79°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 70°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 87 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 19 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 25°C 77°F

What's the weather like in Hawaii in December

While December offers cooler weather than the previous months of October and November in Hawaii, an average of eight hours of daily sunshine ensures the climate is always very favourable.

Average temperatures in the last month of the year on this tropical archipelago are forecast to reach levels of 24°C on almost every day. While the island enjoys significantly less rain when compared to the previous month of November.

Typically, Hawaii in December will experience an average of 87mm of rain spread over approximately 19 days. But even when it does rain on the islands, the heaviest downpours are usually limited to the highlands, or they fall at night, offering plenty of days for fun.

Peak temperatures in December in Hawaii can reach levels of up to 26°C on average. However, in 1988, Hawaii recorded its highest ever temperature in December, where the thermometer reached an incredible 31°C.

There is no chance of a white Christmas on the beaches in Hawaii, unless you include the whiteness of the sand. However some of the highest summits in the area can enjoy some snow, it just depends how high you are willing to climb.

Even the night times are warm in Hawaii. Average low levels at this time of the year only ever fall to approximately 21°C. And there has never been a temperature under 14°C in all of recorded history.

The trade winds will ensure that, even the nights are still comfortable. And as the sea temperature drops to 25°C in December, those beautiful swells will start to return attracting surfers from all over the world.

As the month progresses the air temperature will start to cool in anticipation of the coldest month of the year in January. But even then, average temperatures still reach a very beautiful 23°C, ensuring there is no bad time to visit Hawaii. 

Hawaii Hotels for December

The Kane Plantation Guesthouse on the Big Island of Hawaii offers picture perfect adult-only accommodation for those that want to get away from the corporate side of the island. Steeped in the history of the original avocado plantation, Hosts David and Michael ensure everything from the grounds of this high quality B&B to the décor and the food are always top rated. Choose to stay in the main building or in one of the luxury out houses. It's a touch of Old Hawaiian paradise, provided by some of the loveliest people on the island. And if the beauty of the views and the breath-taking landscape aren't enough to tempt in the day, just wait until you see this incredible destination at night.

A great way to make the most of your budget on a trip to Maui is to stay at the Aloha Surf Hostel. Popular with surfers and backpackers alike, this budget accommodation offers free tours, free Wi-Fi and free parking to ensure you make the most of your cash. Facilities inside the hostel include a pool table, table tennis, a hot tub and fully functional BBQ all of which are free to use for their guests. But with this value accommodation midway between Ho'okipa and Kanaha beach, every activity possible is taken care of. It's clean, it's affordable and it's a whole lot of fun. From six person dorms to private rooms, the Aloha Surf Hostel has it all.

For a one bedroom suite at the cost of the standard room in Honolulu, make a booking at the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach. Located just one block away from the world famous stretch of sand, this apartment block provides all the amenities of a modern resort, but at prices that are far more affordable. While many of the suites have a fully stocked kitchen, the Wyndham is surrounded by a huge number of places to eat and shop. There are full exercise facilities, a pool and whirlpool tub on site as well as a games room to keep the kids happy. With friendly staff and excellent levels of cleanliness, for value for money and location alone, the Wyndham has everything you could wish for.

Bars and Restaurants

Whilst in Honolulu, it's always worth taking in a show. And one of the best places to do it is at the Fourever Fab Show. As the name suggests, this lively hot spot is dedicated to the Fab Four themselves. Live music from this high quality Beatle tribute act brings back all the best memories of the time, taking you on a journey back to your youth. The atmosphere is intimate, the stars engage with the audience to keep everyone entertained, and even the kids who weren't around the first time enjoy their introduction to some of the best music ever born. Prices are reasonable with dinner packages also available. Just make sure you book. When you see the quality of the entertainment you will realise why the Fourever Fab Show is so popular.

It is no exaggeration to say that many visitors will come to Kauai just to have dinner at JO2 Natural Cuisine. And when you taste the food for yourself, you will soon understand why. From the incredibly standard of service to the innovative presentation and flavour of the food, it is no wonder that celebrities and food critics are often seen taking their seat. Only the finest ingredients and the freshest raw materials are used in every single dish to provide a dining experience that is second to none. From seafood and duck to chicken and fish, every dish is hand-prepared to meet your exact specifications. Make a reservation and enjoy the flavour of exceptional food.

For an alternative way to spend a night in Oahu, head to the summit of Haleakala. The warm December air provides just the right climate for a night time trek and when you get to the top a whole new world awaits you. Star gazing from this beautiful vantage point has now become so popular that there are even organised tours with Maui Stargazing that will make sure you get the best out of the experience. And though there are no beers or fresh cocktails at the top, along with the provided jackets, hats and gloves, the hot chocolate and cookies will keep you warm. Just make sure you dress up in your thickest clothes, though the Hawaiian weather is warm at sea level, when you get up the mountain, everything can change. 

Things to do in Hawaii in December

Though dolphins and whales can be seen from the beach side, it is only with a trip by tour operators such as Dolphin Excursions that you will get up close and personal with these wonderful animals. With their knowledge of all the best spots to find these incredible creatures, take a trip in December and you could find humpback whales breaking through the surface just a few metres from your boat. Or don a snorkel mask at any time of the year and get in the water so that you can swim with native spinner dolphins in their own habitat. Based at Waianae Boat Harbour in Oahu, the tour is open to anyone over the age of four years old, making this a fun day out for all the family.

Take a horse riding excursion with Esprit De Corps Riding Academy, and enjoy all that Kauai has to offer. Their variety of tours and group sizes mean there is something for everyone, and at all levels of ability. Take a one to one tour with a qualified instructor and set the pace and the location for your own adventure. Or join in a more economical group tour, to meet some like-minded friends. Children as young as five or six are welcome on some of the trails, making this an experience for everyone. 

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