Spring break is on the horizon and for many destinations, whether or not the temperature has fully moved into summer mode is an unreliable variable. However, on the Big Island of Hawaii you can count on balmy days and warm ocean waters. Whether you’re aligning a trip with spring break dates or are simply seeking a warm weather destination filled with exciting activities for a spring escape, the Kona area of the Big Island will deliver. This spring Kona visitors guide will help you turn your spring dreams into reality!
Spring Weather in Kona
Temperatures in Kona during spring hover steadily in the low 80s, creating a predictable warmth for your days at the beach. Evenings tend to dip into the low 70s, so it is a good idea to pack a light jacket for cooler nights. Rather than adhering to a four-season year, Hawaii is generally viewed as having a wet season and a dry season. The wet, or rainy, season finishes up in March, just in time for plenty of sunshine for your spring getaway. Spring in Kona sees plenty of blue-sky days and warm temperatures that are perfect for a variety of outdoor adventures!
Spring Events Near Kona
An acclaimed hula competition, the Merrie Monarch, is held yearly in April. This renowned weeklong festival brings in competitive hula dancers from throughout Hawaii and from further abroad. In addition to the hula competition, the festival also includes an arts fair, cultural demonstrations, additional hula performances, and a parade that showcases the cultures of Hawaii.
If you will be vacationing in late spring just before summer hits, there are also a couple of notable events held at the beginning of June. Music lovers will want to check out the Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival which brings in award-winning musicians from around the world for this event. Take the chance to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history if your visit to the Big Island falls in step with King Kamehameha Day, a state holiday that commemorates the king who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795. Make your way to North Kohala, the king’s birthplace, for a series of events that include leis, hula, chants, history, and music. Kona also hosts a special King Kamehameha Day parade that includes over 100 riders on horseback adorned in the flowers and colors of the different Hawaiian Islands. The event also includes a music and art festival.
Top Things to Do in Kona in Spring
With plenty of warm days and sunshine to go around, spring is the perfect time to enjoy all of the outdoor activities the Big Island is so well known for. Hit the beach, play a round of golf, explore volcanic terrain, go stargazing… The options are nearly limitless!
The arrival of spring brings with it the tail end of whale watching season. From November to March or sometimes April, humpback whales enjoy the warm waters of Hawaii before heading back to Alaska. If your spring getaway to Kona falls at the beginning of spring, be sure to check in with some of the boat tour operators in Kona to see if booking a whale watching excursion will be an option. Getting up close and personal with these impressive creatures which tend to average around 50 feet in length is an unforgettable experience. If you’ve missed whale watching season, boat excursions are still well worth it, with sightings of spinner dolphins and green sea turtles still providing plenty of excitement!
Get your spring break tan at one of the best beaches in Kona, from which you will have plenty to choose. From quiet bays perfect for stand up paddle boarding to fun waves meant for boogie boarding and surfing, you will find many options for both relaxing and playing along Kona’s shores. In addition to golden white sand beaches that provide the perfect photo backdrop, you will also find exotic black and green sand beaches on the Big Island.
Make the most of spring by booking some of the top things to do in Kona during your stay. Book a tee time on one of the area’s renowned golf courses, where the terrain and weather provide an ideal day on the green. Thrilling adventures such as ziplining, ATVing, and horseback riding are fun ways to explore the island’s interior, proving there is much more to Hawaii than world class beaches. And you won’t want to miss out on the many taste testing options at coffee plantations located just outside Kona!
Kona Spring Vacation Rentals
Whether out exploring the island or relaxing in the luxury of your vacation rental, your spring vacation is sure to be remembered when using our Kona visitors guide. Our Kona vacation rentals offer upscale interiors, full kitchens, and onsite amenities such as swimming pools and hot tubs. Start dreaming of all things spring and contact us to book your rental today!