We were in Hilo for nearly 3 days a week ago and we actually found the rain to be a welcoming reprieve for the 90+ degree weather that we had. It didn't stop us from doing anything that we liked: snorkeling at Richardson, visiting Akaka falls, or driving to Pahoa to see the lava glow at night. We just carried an umbrella and rain jackets with us at all times.
Having said that, next week hurricane Hector will brush the big island so that's likely to be a very different type of rain. However keep in mind that most of the rain will fall on the Eastern side and that Kona is fairly sheltered from the moving storms so I wouldn't change plans just yet.
It rain's literally every day in Hawaii that's why the forecast's always show rain. It's called the tropic's for a reason. In reality you may never have rain issues and if you do it'll most likely be a scattered shower here and there.
We just got back from staying in Kailua-Kona (on Ali'i Drive by the Banyan surf area) and had a fantastic time. I actually wish it rained more (it only rained over night a couple of times). We didn't have any problems with Kona (only one homeless person approached us the entire 2 weeks which is way less hassle that you get in Waikiki). Downtown Kaikua-Kona is a bit cheesy but the location is great for being central to the island.
Thanks everyone! I will go ahead with my plans and carry rain gear.
I saw that! I won’t be there until Thursday so there’s a good chance it will be over when I’m there.
Most weather apps don't have a clue to Hawai‘i weather. These two will give you much more accurate forecasts. Unless the rain is at 80% or more, don't worry....scattered showers are just that, scattered. And no forecast is good for more than a couple of days out. Have a great time!
Bring an umbrella. Itʻs usually too hot to wear a raincoat in August.
Second that. It’s way too hot and humid to wear a plastic garment. An umbrella worn with shorts and sleeveless top and slippahs is about right unless you’re up the mountain like in Volcano.
We arrive on the 9th as well, and this hurricane business has me a little bummed too!