How Hot Does It Get in Kaanapali?

Nestled in Hawaii, Kaanapali place enjoys a tropical climate and can get extremely hot some months, and (relatively) very cool in other months, usually ranging between 66 °F to 87 °F on average.

Depending on what month you travel to Hawaii determines what you need to pack in your suitcase to stay comfortable on your vacation.

Read on to find out everything you need to know for your visit to Kaanapali.

Silhouette of two palm trees at sunset on Kaanapali beach, west Maui, Hawaii

What is the Hottest it Gets in Kaanapali?

The highest temperatures in Kaanapali average out at about 90.14 °F, during the sweltering month of August. Like elsewhere in the United States, the heat continues into the month of September, with a typical high of 86.9 °F.

July is also a summer high with temperatures up to 86 °F.

Not as bad as say, the desert, but still not as cool as the peaks of the Rockies, of course. Luckily, ocean breezes should help keep even the most heat intolerant relatively cool. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen!

What is the Coldest It Gets in Kaanapali?

February is the coldest month throughout the year in Kaanapali, with a maximum average temperature of 73.9 °F and an average low of approximately 70.9 °F.

January can also get cold in Kaanapali, with an average high temperature of 82.4 °F.

Still t-shirt weather for most visitors, but if you may want to consider packing a light sweater or flannel for those cooler Maui nights.

Does it Snow in Kaanapali?

Rarely does it snow in Kaanapali compared to other parts of Hawaii like Haleakala.

Average snowfall in Kaanapali is zero inches per year, compared to the 28 inches of snow average throughout the United States each year.

Kaanapali does record precipitation—of course—but you can expect more rain than snow or hail or sleet, and it rains in Kaanapali, on average, 143 days per year.

No need to worry about packing gloves.

Is Kaanapali Windy?

Generally from around May 26th going up to September 10th is the windy season in Kaanapali, averaging wind speeds above 13.5 miles per hour, which is great on those sweltering summer days.

August tends to be the peak of the windy season, though July is also fairly windy, with above average wind speeds of 15.4 miles per hour.

Whereas, October is the least windy, falling in the non-windy season between September 10th and May 26th.

If you’re planning a New Years trip to the island then you’re in luck. January is the quietest month (as far as wind is concerned) with wind speeds averaging 11.6 miles per hour.

What Time Of the Year is the Best to Go to Kaanapali?

Ideally, the best time of the year to visit Kaanapali will depend on what you intend to do. The weather is excellent for visitors all-year-round so long as those visitors know how to work with the weather.

If you are planning to do a lot of outdoor activities, warmer months between early November and mid-September are best. And, the island tends to be less crowded, thereby lowering overall costs of a trip. 

But, if you’re more interested in the beach or lounging by the resort pool then rainless days are certainly preferable. The best time of the year to visit Kaanapali then is sometime between late May and early October.

January, February, and April are the most comfortable months to stay in Kaanapali, according to most people. On the other hand, August and September are the least comfortable due to the extremely hot temperatures.

What to Pack for Kanaapali’s Weather?

Packing the right clothing and gear in Kaanapali eliminates the hassle of rushing to an ABC store at the last minute. This way, you will spend more time enjoying your vacation.

Make sure you pack for the season! Don’t assume the weather is always balmy just because you’re headed to a tropical island. It can get windy and rainy and even cool just like elsewhere.

Packing for Summer or Hot Weather Months

  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Sweatshirt
  • Beachy dress
  • Swimsuit
  • Sandals
  • Hiking sandals
  • Water shoes
  • Snorkel gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Floppy hat
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Water-proof phone case

Packing for Winter in Kaanapali

The winter season in Kaanapali is cooler and rainier. Be prepared!

In addition to what you may pack for the summer season you may also want to pack…

  • Pants and shoes
  • Beachy wear like shorts
  • Rain gear including waterproof clothes and shoes
  • Waterproof bag
  • Binoculars

What is the Water Temperature at Kaanapali Beach?

Between May and December the temperature rises above 78 °F, making these ideal months for a swim. Whereas in August the temperatures can hit near hot tub levels of 80 °F, and since August is the hottest month you’ll likely want to keep yourself near the water to keep cool.

Whereas, in March temperatures can sink as low as 75 °F, just below the ideal temperature for a backyard pool.

Keep in mind that October is the most humid month, while February is the least humid. Either way, the Kaanapali Beach is a great way to keep yourself refreshed.

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