Weather in Waikoloa (Kona resort coast): temperature, rainfall and cloud cover

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Waikoloa is a small community on the north Kona coast. It also is close to some of the biggest and most popular resorts on the Big Island: Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hilton Waikoloa village, and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the Fairmont Orchid, and many luxurious vacation rental condo’s at Mauna Lani, to name a few.

The Waikoloa coast is so popular due to it’s exceptionally dry and sunny weather. It almost never rains, clouds are rare, and temperatures range from pleasant to superb. This makes sense when you know that the official climate zone designation for this part of the Big Island is ‘Desert’.

You can see this in more detail below, where we present you the yearly averages at Waikoloa for the temperature, the precipitation and the number of cloudy days.

If you are interested in the general weather trends for Hawaii you should read our comprehensive guide:

Monthly average Waikoloa weather: temperature, rainfall and cloud cover

Average temperatures in Waikoloa range between 70°F and 80°F (21 and 27°c). August is the warmest month, and January the coolest.

The monthly average temperature (left) rainfall (middle) and cloud frequency (right) for Waikoloa, Hawaii. See the “Sources” section below for image credits

Rain here is very rare, with less then one inch of rain falling 9 months per year, and a total annual amount of rain of only 9 inches. Compare this to the 27 inches in Kona or the 141(!) inches in Hilo, and you know why this destination is so popular.

Daily average weather in Waikoloa: air temperature and cloud cover on a hour-by-hour basis

There are large differences in cloud cover throughout the day, even at the sunny and dry resort coast. You will have the most chance to see the sun in the morning around sunrise, while after midday the chance of clouds increases rapidly and peaks at 3 pm and 4 pm.

Still, about half the days of the year are sunny around this time. These are far better odds than any other place on the Big Island for sunny skies!

Hourly average amount of cloud cover (left image), and temperature (right image) for Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii. See the “Sources” section below for image credits.

The average hourly trends for the air temperature are very normal. A pleasant 70°F (21°c) during nighttime, rising to 80°F (27°c) in the afternoon. Keep in mind that these are air temperatures, and that you may get very warm when in direct sunlight.

Waikoloa resorts weather forecast

All the information on this website deals with average temperatures, and it is very likely that the day-to-day weather deviates from these numbers.

If you are interested in the current weather conditions and weather forecast for Waikoloa, please look up the NAOO forecast.

Yearly weather summary for Waikoloa and the north Kona resort coast

we summarize all the information above in the following table. In it you can find the monthly averages for the air temperature, the amount of rainfall and the percentage of cloud cover.

month Temperature (°F) Rainfall (in) Cloud Frequency (%)
January 71.17 1.7199 31.83
February 71.17 1.0001 35.30
March 71.94 1.1510 42.54
April 73.38 0.5321 43.86
May 74.94 0.6087 39.71
June 76.65 0.3327 36.94
July 77.60 0.2477 29.89
August 78.29 0.3039 25.42
September 77.76 0.4074 26.02
October 77.38 0.4690 33.59
November 74.90 0.8353 34.19
December 72.55 1.3944 32.57
Annual 74.81 9.0023 34.32
The monthly average air temperature, rainfall and cloud frequency for the north Kona resort coast  on the Big Island:


All tables and figures on this page have been created using data from the following source:

Giambelluca, T.W., X. Shuai, M.L. Barnes, R.J. Alliss, R.J. Longman, T. Miura, Q. Chen, A.G. Frazier, R.G. Mudd, L. Cuo, and A.D. Businger. 2014. Evapotranspiration of Hawai‘i. Final report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—Honolulu District, and the Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawai‘i.

The data have been downloaded from the Climate of Hawai’i website, which provides a set of maps of the spatial patterns of climate for the major Hawaiian Islands.