Although it is obviously impossible to predict the weather for any particular Big Island beach on any given day in the future, it is possible to provide you with a generalization for usual weather patterns as they exist on the Big Island at different parts of the year.
First of all, it makes a difference as to what side of the island the beach you are planning to visit is located. As a general rule, if your beach is on the windward side of the island along its eastern and northern coastlines, there is a great possibility that the trade winds (which blow about 300 days a year) will bring in a varying amount of both breeze to stiff wind and a varying amount of showers, from misting to full on rainfall, at some point in your day. If you are visiting a beach on the western or southern coastline of the island the reverse is likely true and you will be experiencing hot or warm sunny weather with a much lesser likelihood of wind and rainfall.
During the winter months the reverse weather conditions may prevail when the trade winds are taken over by winds coming from the south called, Kona Winds, and the south and eastern shores will be sunny and without wind and rain and the west and southern shores will experience the rain and wind. Although that is the trend, keep in mind that the quantities of rainfall at the beaches on the windward coasts are much, much greater than the rainfall totals that will fall on the leeward side beaches. It is fair to say however that during the winter rainy seasons rain can be torrential at times along the leeward coasts as well but usually only for short periods of time. The time of year will produce variations in temperature as well as rainfall as mentioned above. In the winter the beaches on the leeward coastlines will get to about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and perhaps reduce about ten to fifteen points in value into the evening. The entire island is extremely temperate and the difference in temperature in the winter months on the windward coast will only amount to about a two degree shift downward both in the daytime and for overnight temperatures. The peak temperatures in the summer for beaches on both sides of the island will increase by about six degrees and consequently you should find the beach temperatures quite delightful at any time of year.
Kikaua Point Beach is a tiny but very beautiful beach that is located about ten miles north of Kailua-Kona. Kikaua Beach is perhaps the calmest beach on the Big Island being protected from the open ocean by a series of huge boulders and rocks that provide a rim for the pond-like beach within.
La'aloa Beach Park in the town of Kailua-Kona is also referred to as Magic Sands Beach, White Sands Beach and Disappearing Sands Beach. Though its Hawaiian name has implications suggesting it is a beach of sacred nature the other three more popular names refer to the propensity of the beach to lose its sand each winter and early spring to the currents, waves and storms that extract the white sands from the shoreline portion of the beach and temporarily deposit them further out to sea exposing dangerous exposed rocks in the process.
The Old Kona Airport landing field became obsolete in the early 1970's but the one-mile landing strip still exists. This huge stretch of asphalt lies right next to the ocean just north of the city of Kailua-Kona and today serves as the gigantic parking area for the Old Kona Airport Beach.
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach is the largest black sand beach in the state. Located south of the Volcanoes National Park on the coastal Highway 11 it is a beach that is basically fairly far from populated areas and most people will decide to enjoy a quick visit when they take the southern route to visit the volcanoes if they are staying in the Kona region.
If it wasn't for the fact that Spencer Beach was located so close to Hapuna and Mauna Kea Beach, it would receive more notoriety than it does. Although it is a beautiful white sand beach with a sand bottom allowing for an easy water entry, it just lacks some of the luster and beauty associated with its nearest beach neighbor.
The Big Island often gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to beaches. Yes, it is true that it is the newest of the Hawaiian islands and as a result it has not had enough geological time pass by to jump-start the laws of physics and allow nature to work its magic on creating the type of amazing beaches that can often be found on other islands of the Hawaiian chain.
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