Wintertime in Hawaii

Wintertime in Hawaii is a no-brainer for most visitors from frosty climes.  Escape the frigid temperatures, the blizzards, and the short days with a trip to the Aloha State.  Although milder than the rest of the year, a Hawaiian winter is far-cry from most—temperatures in the lower 80s, warm waters, and a constant relaxing breeze.  Mahalo.

What makes winter in Hawaii special though is that it’s peak season for so many activities.  The famed North Shore of Oahu, home of the dangerously beautiful Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay, records nearly 30-foot high swells daily from November to March.  Champion surfers take advantage of this clockwork phenomenon and compete at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, starting November 12th and rip some waves for over a month! The beaches of the North Shore buzz with excitement over the winter.  It’s the perfect time to practice in the coves and inlets—just maybe you’ll be ready to compete before your flight home.Winter in Hawaii also marks the passage of the humpback whales through the main islands.  Seeking warm waters, they are best seen breaching on Maui’s western beaches.  Take a stroll along the beach, or venture out onto a shallow sandbar to see hundreds of whales—some up to 45 feet long—gracefully cruising by.  Of course, if you want to get closer, you can always join a whale-watching tour, guided by a local expert.And let’s not forget about the enchanted holiday season where Santa arrives on a surfboard and the streets of Waikiki are adorned with colorful festoons. A must see in Honolulu during the holiday season is the electric lights holiday parade which winds its way through downtown from Chinatown to city hall. The parade begins at 6 pm and includes marching bands and brilliantly lighted floats. The end of the parade at Honolulu Hale (City Hall) marks for opening of the Honolulu city lights celebration and display. The display in open until 11 pm daily.

Winter brings out the best in the Aloha State; come experience the magic for yourself!

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