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Experience Autumn on the Hawaiian Islands

Gather Vacations
| Hawaii, Travel Guide

Planning autumn travel to Hawaii offers visitors a menu of exciting things to do and destinations to explore. With its many colorful hidden gems, the Hawaiian Islands create more than a memorable experience when traveling to the Aloha State.

Autumn Weather

In the Northern Hemisphere, September, October, and November is considered to be autumn. In Hawaii, summer runs from May to October, and the winter months run from November to April. What this means is travelers can expect exceptionally excellent weather for their autumn travel to Hawaii.

The high temperature in September, for example, is about 85 degrees. October averages 84 degrees as a high temperature and around 75 degrees for the low. November high temperatures average in the mid to low 80-degree range and can get cooler in the evening with temperatures dropping to the lower 70s to upper 60s. November is known for having more rainfall than September and October.

The Hawaiian Islands

Overall, the Hawaiian Islands consist of more than the four main islands most travelers are familiar with. In fact, there are 132 features that make up the extensive archipelago. The four islands that have become a destination for autumn travel to Hawaii are Maui, the Big Island, Oahu, and Kauai.

The Big Island

September on The Big Island offers numerous opportunities to get in touch with nature. With comfortable temperatures, snorkeling and night diving brings you up close to the underwater world of the denizens of the deep in their natural habitat.

Take a walk on the “rim” side with a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where the active volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Kilauea reside. Drive along the Chain of Craters Road, pass steaming volcano vents, and stop at Jaggar Museum for a view of the Halema’uma’u Crater.

On The Big Island, two beaches stand out from the crowd due to their color. Papakolea Beach is stunning with its deposits of peridots that created a green sand beach. Another colorful sight to see is Punalu’u Beach and its miles of black sand created by lava cooled by the ocean. A stunning sight of black sand bordered by the turquoise-green waters of the ocean.

Hikers can dig in their heels along the scenic Kalalau Trail, and boat enthusiasts can set sail with a charter along Na Pali Coast. Those who cannot get enough of buds and blooms, can plan a visit to Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden.


If November is the planned time for your visit to the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu has more than a few events and festivals, starting with the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival scheduled for the first week of November.

For movie buffs, there’s the Hawaii International Film Festival, and water enthusiasts have the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing competition to watch. At the International Market Place, join the tour led by a local astronomer and travel through the stars, planets, and galaxies via a 7-foot-tall telescope.

Oahu has many attractions suitable for all ages. Take a step back in U.S. history when visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Relax with a hike to the 150-foot Manoa Waterfall, snorkel along the reef with sea turtles in the clear waters of Hanauma Bay, visit Diamond Head State Monument, step aboard the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and learn about the legends and history of Hawaii at the Bishop Museum.


One of the best ways to explore Maui is a drive along the world-famous Hana Highway. The drive covers 64 scenic miles of twists, turns, rainforests, and waterfalls.

Take a seat on one of the rock formations while waiting for the Nakalele Blowhole to burst forth and release trapped seawater. The natural geyser is an impressive sight to see.

For more visual beauty, you can see for miles with a hike to the top of Haleakala Crater. If possible, arrive early so you can become enveloped in the morning light and peace and quiet that surrounds the area.


Like the other Hawaiian Islands, Kauai has a nearly limitless list of things to do to experience the beauty, environment, and atmosphere of the tropical paradise.

Some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy during autumn travel include sightseeing flights that cruise over the Napali Coast, garden tours, self-driving sightseeing road trips, hiking in Waimea Canyon, and ziplining among lush landscapes and towering canopies in Poipu,

Planning Your Stay

Autumn travel to Hawaii is on your vacation itinerary where scenic views, massive volcanos, miles of sun-drenched beaches, majestic waterfalls, lush rainforests, and gentle sea breezes wafting in from the North Pacific Ocean are all part of the landscape. When deciding where to stay throughout your vacation, you will want the best choices to suit your individual needs. For this reason, consider one of the luxury homes or villas available from Gather rentals.

We have choices in your home-away-from-home that add features and amenities that highlight and enhance your stay-time on the islands. We offer personalized service and professional staff to ensure your vacation home experience exceeds your expectations from the moment you arrive.

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