What to do on Oahu, Hawaii When It’s Raining

Raining in Hawaii

This week was more rainy than usual, so I had to figure out something different to write about for this week’s blog – something that didn’t require the sun to be out.  I mean, its not like I could go on a hike while it was raining.  Then I wondered, “what do tourists do when it rains in Hawaii?  They can’t just sit around in their hotel rooms, right?”

I decided that there were two possible options to deal with the rain: embrace it or avoid it.

Many of the activities in Hawaii involve the water anyways, so why not just do them while it’s raining?  I could still go to the pool or the beach.  Sure, it might be a bit difficult to snorkel, because the water would be murky, but, hey, that’s just a small speed bump to deal with.

One of the best things to do in Hawaii while it’s raining is visit the waterfalls.  After (or during) some rainfall, the waterfall spills thousands of gallons of water down below every minute, rather than significantly less during a dry season.  Waimea Falls, Manoa Falls, and Maunawili Falls each have a short hike, but the views at the end are totally worth it.

Then, of course, there is the option of avoiding the rain.  The best option is to find a shopping mall or a place where Hawaiian royalty once lived.  For shopping on Oahu, there is the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the largest shopping mall on any of the Hawaiian Islands, or the Waikele Premium Outlets, where there are some great deals waiting to be found.  As for the Hawaiian residences, there is Iolani Palace, the only true palace in the United States and the residence of the Hawaiian monarchs, King Kalakaua and, the final ruler, Queen Liliuokalani.  Then there is Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, which was the residence of Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV, and their son Prince Albert Edward for a few summers.

If you just feel like relaxing in your room, grab some li hing mui mangos or wasabi peas from the nearest Foodland or ABC store and watch some Hawaii Five-0.

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