HAWAII CRUISE QUOTES FOR BEST DEALS
365 Days of the Year
Twice a Year
and Climate Zones
Weather on all of the Hawaiian islands is very consistent, with
only moderate changes in temperature throughout the year. This is
possible due to the year-round warm sea surface temperatures,
which keeps the overlying atmosphere warm as well. In practical
terms there are only 2 seasons here: the summer months (called Kau
in Hawaiian) that extend from May to October and the winter months
(Ho'oilo) that run from November to April. The average day-time
summer temperature at sea level is 85 degrees F. (29.4 C) while
the average day-time winter temperature is 78 degrees (25.6 C).
Night-time temperatures are approximately 10 degrees F. lower.
Visitors to Hawaii will find that it is a marvel of nature. As a
result of the shielding effect of her volcanic mountains and the
differences in weather found at various elevations, there are as
many different climate zones here as exist along the entire coast
stretching from Alaska to Costa Rica. The islands can be described
as an incredibly diverse collection of many micro-environments,
each possessing unique weather, plants and animals. To see the
full impact of this natural wealth visitors only need to explore
the islands by car, or helicopter and they will be struck by the
beauty of tropical rain forests, cool alpine regions, stony
deserts and sunny beaches, all within the span of just a few short
Through most of the year Hawaiian weather patterns are effected
primarily by high pressure zones in the north Pacific that pump
relatively cool, moist trade winds down onto the island's
northeastern slopes. This pattern holds true for most of the
summer and approximately half of the time in the winter. These
winds are forced up-slope by the mountain heights where ultimately
their moisture condenses into clouds that produce rain. Most of
the rain then falls in the mountains and valleys on the windward
(northeastern) side of the islands. It is this weather phenomenon
that creates the rich tropical environment of flowers and verdant
greens that have made Hawaii famous. The wettest months are from
November - March, but these winter rains do not generally disrupt
vacationer's plans, since the very localized nature of the weather
usually means that if it is raining where you are, there is almost
always a sunny spot to be found by a short drive around the coast.
The action of trade
winds here means that there is always a cooling breeze. The
strength of this wind builds as the heat of the day rises and
reaches a peak in the afternoon, only to diminish in the evening
and start again the following day. Several times during the year
the trade winds will stop completely and the wind will switch
around to come out of the south or west, bringing stormy or hot
sticky weather. Islanders sometimes call this "Kona"
weather, because kona is a polynesian word that means leeward or
South, and this points to the direction from which these weather
systems arrive. Stormy weather does come to the islands, primarily
in the winter and sometimes lingers for several days. Severe
storms, however, are not a common occurrence here.
and Surf Conditions
Beach-goers will be happy to learn that the temperature of
Hawaii's near-shore waters stay comfortable throughout the year.
The average year round water temperature is 74 degrees F. (23.3
C), with a summer high of 80 degrees F. (26.7 C). Wave action
varies a great deal between winter and summer, and between island
coasts. Generally summer waters are very gentle on all beaches.
This changes in the winter on many north facing beaches, as storms
far out into the Pacific drive ocean swells towards the islands,
which build into large breaking waves.
As with island
rains, wave conditions are often very localized, so if there is
too much surf on your beach, you can usually find calmer water by
taking a short drive to a beach that is sheltered from the
prevailing surf. Swimmers should keep in mind that strong currents
can make any beach unsafe at any time during the year, but this is
particularly true in the winter. When in doubt, simply ask your
hotel staff or a local for their recommendations and also watch
for warning flags and posted beach conditions.
Mountains and Volcanos
Many visitors to the islands will be drawn to the natural beauty
found in the higher elevations such as Kokee on Kauai, or
Haleakala on Maui, or Kilauea on the Big Island. In preparing for
your trip you'll want to take long pants and several layers of
cool weather clothing because the temperature in the higher
locations drops 3.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level
that you climb. For example, the summit of Haleakala at an
elevation of 10,023 feet can be as much as 30 degrees F. cooler
than the resort areas on the coast. Similarly the summit of
Kilauea, which is at an elevation of 4,078 feet, can be 14 degrees
cooler than the sea level temperature.
You should also be
aware that because these peaks rise through the earth's
atmosphere, there is less protection at these elevations from the
sun's powerful burning rays. This burning effect can be easily
masked by the cool temperatures on the mountain, so be sure to use
your sun block liberally, and bring your hat and sunglasses.
How to get a marriage license in Hawaii
a marriage license in the Aloha State is relatively easy, even for
Rules & Regulations
There are no residence or citizenship requirements.
The legal age to marry is 18 years. However, with the written
consent of both parents, legal guardians or family court, either
party may be married at 16 or 17. To be married at age 15 requires
the written consent of both parents or legal guardian and the
written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or
guardian do not have to reside in the state. Consent forms may be
obtained from a marriage license agent.
A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for
anyone 18 and under. For anyone 19 and over, proof of age may be
requested in the form of a valid state or military I.D. or
Proof of divorce
or death of a former spouse is not required, but applicants should
be prepared to provide the date and location of the divorce or
death on the marriage license application.
Love Me Two
vow renewal ceremony in Hawaii?
Break out the champagne, because
saying "I do" part two
is a piece of cake. Since a
renewal ceremony is not legally
binding, there's no required
paperwork, no fee to pay (except
to your officiant) and no list of
requirements to meet. Just let
your officiant know you're
planning a vow renewal, and you
can work out the details of the
Hana hou! (encore!)
Cousins may marry, but a blood relationship between the
prospective bride and bridegroom cannot be closer than first
cousins. For example, uncle/niece, half-brother/sister may not
Blood tests are not required.
The fee for a marriage license is $50, payable in cash at the
time you file your application. You will be issued a license on
the spot if you meet all the requirements. If you don't use the
license within 30 days of its issuance, it becomes null and void.
The license must be used in the state of Hawai'i.