Does Hawaii Have a Winter?

246772_2038314394142_3246539_nWith my raincoat and rain boots I was one happy kid on a winter day. The above house where I lived as a young girl in Daly City California was usually shrouded in fog. On a winter’s day which seemed to be all year-long I would dash out the door on my way to General Pershing Elementary and immediately jump into the gutter where the water was over flowing the curb.

I was a smart kid because I knew that the water would go into my boots and soak my socks and shoes. Why was that smart you may ask? I hated school and I knew that the teacher would see how wet I was and therefore sit me in the hallway on a bench with a heater under it.

Smiling, I would sit and miss a good hour of class. That was my winter in California.

IMAG0055This is my winter where I live in Hawaii. signs of winter? Well you can see there are not too many people on the beach in Waikiki. Who in their right mind would want to swim in 68 degree temperatures? You’ll notice that most of the people still have tee shirts over their bathing suits.Of course it is still early morning.

IMG_3104No leaves on the plumeria is a sure sign of winter. Oh, and you will notice there are gray skies above. But the plumeria seems to be the only tree that looses its leaves this time of year. Remember in Hawaii it’s a jungle out there.

DSCN0725Then there is this wall of orange flowers that has bloomed in the late fall. Pretty apropos since Halloween is just around the corner when you see this in bloom.


How did the ancient Hawaiians recognize winter? It was during this time that the Makahiki season began. The above symbol for the god Lono would be carried around the island and offerings were collected. When this was finished the official season would begin.

The Hawaiians knew this season by the rising of the constellation Makalii or Pleiades and they would put away all intentions of war and would play games. Games that would demonstrate ones skills such as throwing spears, or slings among other things. These would sharpen their ability to fight during a war.

Of course this being winter, the ocean would be to rough to paddle canoes to carry warriors to battle so this all made sense.



Navigating the long lines headed out to the North Shore  I see many signs of winter. Someone must have piled their stones to ask for big surf or maybe their work of art. In ancient times it was not unusual to see pohaku ( stones) piled or placed around a dwelling as the Hawaiians believed that stones could have mana or power.

DSCN2269But a dead sure sign of winter is this sign. I never get tired of looking at the waves. They are magnificent. Unfortunately I did not have my good camera with me and did not get any shots. I was having trouble looking into the viewer on my pocket camera and was lucky I even got these shots. Lessen here is never leave home without my Cannon.

DSCN2280                                    50 foot waves and higher are the surest signs of winter and that brings out all the surfers…..

1044422_10203000667967669_41725385_n                                     Gotta catch that wave.

DSCN2272                                                                                           and sightseers.

So you see, we do have winter in Hawaii. Ah it’s a bitter season but someone has to endure it. Never need my rain coat and boots anymore. Even if I had them it is too hot to use those rainy day items. What can I say. Lucky I live Hawaii.

7 comments on “Does Hawaii Have a Winter?

  1. Sartenada says:

    Very nice post. Winter we understand in so many way depending where we live. To me “real” winter means snow, ice and frozen lakes. Man has to change winter tyres for car due to slippery roads. Also days are short and nights long. Many birds migrate to the South and return when spring comes. Some flowers start to blooms soon as the terrain is free from snow.


  2. Hello Karen, this is a voice from the past. Visiting the islands and have been thinking about you, wondering how you have been. Found you have a blog site and thought I would drop in and say hello. Would love to hear from you. A hui hou.


    • How nice to hear from you. It sounds like you moved to the mainland. Did you? Is Haunani still here? Please fill me in. Since I volunteer at Bishop Museum I think about you all the time.


      • Hi Karen, so glad you remembered me. It has been awhile. I heard you were a docent at the museum, a place that holds many fond memories for me. Yes, I do live on the mainland. Stephen and I moved there in Sept of ’99. Had some property my mother had passed on to me. We had a house built and was there a little over a year when Stephen passed away. He had been ill for some time and had retired from the Post Office here in Hawaii. I thought the country air would do him good. Ohio, Amish country. Haunani had married and was busy with her life here, so nothing was holding us back here in Hawaii. I’ve become a frequent flyer now. Had thought about moving back, especially when I’m knee deep in snow.

        If possible, would like to get together before I head back on May 5th. Do you ever get over here on the windward side – Kailua – Whole Foods?


  3. Yes you are lucky to live in paradise…thanks for sharing


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