Honolulu, Hawaii is located just a few degrees below the Tropic of Cancer and has mild weather all year round, which is why people love it so much. The temperature is almost always in the 80’s so it’s never too hot or too cold. There are around 154 rainy days a year but usually showers only lasts for a short amount of time. The driest months are June, July, August and September. December is the wettest month and January is the coolest month, which makes sense because November through March is considered “Winter.” Much of what makes Hawaii so special is the beautiful lush mountains which get the most rain and the mesmerizing clam sandy beaches with crystal clear water which get far less rain: think of the water cycle from science class. The windward side (Kailua, Waimanalo, Kaneohe) of the island gets more rain than the leeward side (Kapolei, Ko’Olina, Waianae) or even centrally located Honolulu. Rain can really, all puns intended, be a damper on your Hawaii vacation. Have no fear Waikiki Trolley is here to help you when you wonder, What to do when it rains in Honolulu.
Honolulu Museum of Art
Avoid the rain and enjoy an indoor activity in Honolulu by visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art on the Red Line: Downtown Honolulu Sightseeing Tour. The Museum has multiple galleries and has been a visitors favorite for over 90 years. With over more than 50,000 pieces spanning the last 5,000 years, from 19th- and 20th-century art to intricate Asian textiles, the Honolulu Museum of Art has something for everyone. Price for admission is $20 and it’s open every day EXCEPT MONDAY. The Waikiki Trolley stops every hour right in front of the Museum.
Now through January 27, 2019 on exhibition is Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era. The exhibition prompts conversations about issues of adaptability, economy, ceremony, and, more important, gets at underlying perceptions about the Hawaiian place in the world at turn of the century.
Rain will definitely affect water conditions and visibility when snorkeling. The Waikiki Aquarium makes for a great replacement for snorkeling and it’s also great for non swimmers. With a mission to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life the experience of visiting the Waikiki Aquarium is as fun as it is educational. Almost all of their exhibits are covered and in an air conditioned building. There are two exhibits outside; the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat and Edge of the Reef hands on experience.
The Waikiki Aquarium is on the Green Line: Scenic Diamond Head Sightseeing Tour. The Trolley stops every 35 minutes. Kahala Mall is also on the Green Line and is a great place to shop and play.
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is open every day, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (December 25). You can explore the Hawaiian Hall to learn about multiple realms of Hawaii. If you are into science you can discover the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center featuring exhibits that are interactive and immersive.
The Bishop Museum is on the Purple Line: Pearl Harbor Sightseeing Tour. The Waikiki Trolley stops every hour and 10 minutes. Most people spend between 2 and 4 hours here.