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Rain, Rain, Go Away: What to do in Hawaii on Rainy Days


There’s a reason why Hawaii is so lush and green: it tends to rain a lot, especially in the higher elevations. The rain contributes to Hawaii’s extravagant yet simple beauty. Without it, Hawaii just wouldn’t be the same. So, count on having at least a day or two of rain, and plan excursions and activities for those days. There’s still lots to do on rainy days, so get out there and don’t waste a minute!

Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu:

From marine life to coral, you’ll learn everything about the sea in this tribute to the ocean.

Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki:

From majestic tigers to gibbons, experience wild life like never before. Interactive exhibits and shows abound, keeping kids and adults alike happy and busy with plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions.

Ala Moana Center, Honolulu:

Shop till you drop at nearly 300 shops and restaurants selling local fare along with clothing, souvenirs, jewelry and much more. Browse the shops, grab a coffee, and spend a less-than-sunny afternoon taking it easy.

Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie Oahu:

Enjoy plenty of live music, dancing and exhibits that embrace the culture of Hawaii as well as Polynesia. Experience a pig roast at a traditional luau and learn all about the history of the islands.

Oahu Arts Center, Mililani:

Take some classes and workshops or check out the many exhibits focused on celebrating the traditional and contemporary arts.

Glow Putt, Maui:

Who can resist a competitive family game of mini golf? Enjoy this spin on the traditional classic and take in a round of golf in the dark where everything glows neon.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Historic Ford Island:

You’ll be in awe of the two huge hangars and the Ford Island Control Tower that operate as part of the Pearl Harbor attraction on this still-active military base.

Go out to eat in Maui:

There are several spots to grab a bite to eat on Maui. At the north end, head to Mama’s Fish House for local oceanfront dining. In the south, check out Five Palms, while in the west you can’t beat Mala Restaurant. Get panoramic views of the island while eating at Kula Lodge.

Kamuela Museum, Big Island:

Check out this extensive collection of local pieces and artifacts found and preserved by owner Albert Solomon Jr. It takes about an hour to go through it all, and it’s open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Adults will spend $5 and kids 12 and under are just $2. This is an affordable way to spend an afternoon.

Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island:

Fun for all ages, this water park features a train, large pool where you can swim with dolphins, shops, waterfalls, boats, trams, eight restaurants, a spa and golf courses.

Who cares if it’s raining? You won’t be at a loss for what to do in Hawaii, rain or shine. Look to Hoku Hawaii Tours to set something up for you. We have lots of tours available for those rainy days!