The Visitor’s Guide to Hurricane Season in Hawaii

As the enchanting islands of Hawaii gear up for hurricane season, kamaʻāina (Hawaii residents) begin their hurricane safety preparations. As a visitor, you should, too — being well-prepared ensures your tropical getaway remains a memorable and safe experience no matter what the weather forecast brings. Whether you've already planned your trip months in advance or you're considering a visit during this time, understanding how to stay safe amidst the natural beauty is manaʻo nui (an important idea). From knowing the best times to travel, to what safety tips and preparedness strategies you should follow once you arrive, the right knowledge and precautions mean you can still enjoy Oahu's breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture while staying safe and sound.


When is Hurricane Season in Hawaii?

Hawaii's official hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, with August being the peak month.

During hurricane season, the islands are more susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes, although severe weather events are relatively rare compared to other regions. However, Hawaii's Office of Public Health Preparedness notes that "tropical cyclones can occur off-season, and storms can happen at any time of year."

Is It Safe to Travel? The Good News: A Hawaii Hurricane is Quite Rare 

Don't let hurricanes deter you from making your trip. They're relatively uncommon in Hawaii compared to other regions, such as the Caribbean or the southeastern United States:

Historically, direct hits by hurricanes are very, very rare, with only a few significant storms — such as Hurricane Iniki in 1992 — causing substantial damage. While the risk exists, it's generally low and it's safe to travel to Hawaii. All you need to do is stay informed and prepared.


Hawaii Hurricane Safety Tips

Don't let hurricane season in Hawaii deter you from taking in the breathtaking mountain vistas and sunswept beaches of Oahu. It's all about thinking ahead and being prepared — and you reading this guide means you've already taken the most important step of staying informed:

  • The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) always has the latest information on storms and other emergencies that could affect your Hawaii vacation
  • Keep up-to-date with local weather forecasts and alerts from trusted sources such as the National Weather Service's local Hawaii storm reports and local news channels like KHON2 and KITV4 
  • Download a reliable weather app for real-time updates
  • Sign up for local emergency notification systems for each island you visit during your Hawaii vacation:

Beyond staying informed, you also want to:

Finally, if a hurricane makes a rare appearance while you're in Hawaii, be cautious after the hurricane passes. Avoid flooded areas, downed power lines, and debris. And of course, listen to local authorities for updates on when it is safe to venture out.


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Hurricane season or not, the Waikiki Resort Hotel is your safe, conveniently located home away from home. Not only are we centrally located near all of the best sights and sounds of Waikiki, but our world-class amenities and experiences — including free hula classes and ukulele lessons — mean Hawaiian fun is always in season (even during hurricane season).  Book your stay at the Waikiki Resort Hotel online or call us at 1-800-367-5116 to see why our location, friendly staff, convenience, and amenities give us top ratings among our guests.