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14 Best Things to Do When it Rains in Honolulu
Don't let the rain ruin your Hawaii plans, and have lots fun with a variety of indoor Oahu and Waikiki activities that will keep you out of the wet & stormy weather. Choose from a number of tour options including the historic Bishop Museum, a popular Waikiki luau, a food truck tour led by a local expert, and even an online hula class to take from the comfort of your hotel room. If you are looking for fun things to do with kids or adults when it rains on Oahu, look no further and book today!
Your Guide for Rainy Days on Oahu
Honolulu is a beautiful city in paradise, and it has a lot of activities to offer, but sometimes the weather just won't cooperate. Not to worry though, there are still plenty of fun and exciting things to do in Honolulu even when it rains.

Visit a museum: Honolulu has several excellent museums to explore, including the Bishop Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Army Museum in the heart of Waikiki.
See historic landmarks: There is no better time than a rainy day to see unique historic locations on Oahu. Visit Iolani Palace, the only royal residence in the United States, and Shangri La, the former home of Doris Duke, the famed American billionaire heiress.
Go to a mall or store: If you're in the mood for some retail therapy, there are plenty of shopping centers in Honolulu, such as Ala Moana Center or the Royal Hawaiian Center, and unique stores like Don Quijote.
Watch a movie: Head to one of the many movie theaters in Oahu like the Consolidated Theaters at Ward Center or Kahala Mall, or catch an indie movie at the Movie Museum or HoMA Doris Duke Theatre.
Relax at a spa: Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage, facial, or other spa treatments at one of Honolulu and Waikiki's local luxury spas and massage treatment centers.
Visit an aquarium: Check out the Waikiki Aquarium with its vast collection of fish and other marine animals, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.
Try local food: Take advantage of the rainy weather to sample some of the delicious local cuisine outside of Waikiki in popular areas like Kakaako, Kaimuki, and Kapahulu.
Enjoy indoor entertainment: Go bowling, play video games, or challenge your friends to a game of pool at one of Honolulu's many indoor entertainment like Dave & Busters or Aiea Bowl.
Attend a live performance: Check Oahu's local event's calendar to see if any Hawaii artists are having a performance. There are many amazing singers and musicians, as well as famous hula troupes, or halau, that have great shows. Oahu also has a thriving theatre scene with many local community theatres.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When it rains in Honolulu, does it rain all day?
A: Rain on Oahu normally does not last all day, but it can keep raining on and off depending on the weather patterns and season. Take a look at the weather report, and if it doesn't report heavy rainfall, the rain should clear up in just a few minutes.

Q: What do people do on Oahu when it rains?
A: Both visitors and Oahu locals often find interesting indoor activities to do like visiting museums or going to the shopping mall. The Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center are popular places to go when it rains.

Q: Can you go to the beach when it rains in Waikiki?
A: Depending on how severe the rain is, many people will still go to the beach when it rains since you will already be getting wet in the water! Be sure to bring a plastic bag for your towel, and an umbrella if you have a long walk back to your hotel. Always ask the lifeguard before entering the water since it is not safe to swim during thunder and lightning.

Q: When is the rainy season in Hawaii?
A: It often rains throughout the year in Hawaii, but most of the time the rain is a quick shower that will last only a few minutes. During the late winter months of January and February, weather systems can make their way over the islands causing sustained rains and even flooding. Always check the weather report before heading outside!

Q: Is rain good luck in Hawaii?
A: Did you know that rain fall is considered a blessing in Hawaii? This good omen isn't just meant to make you feel better about the wet weather, but the word for rain, water, and wealth, are all connected. Water is wai in Hawaiian, and wealth is waiwai. On your next visit to Hawaii, don't let the rain get you down, and enjoy it for the blessing it is!

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Get ready to let loose at Break'N Anger, Hawaii's only rage room, and experience the fun of smashing plates and other objects, or go wild in the art studio, and splatter and finger paint all around the room. Have fun at Hawaii's newest top activity!

    From USD55.80

    Group Discount
    Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2.5 hour(s) (afternoon, evening, night)
  2. Have a night to remember at Waikiki's finest cocktail lounge, complete with artisanal craft cocktails and live music, and this after-hours cocktail lounge is the perfect spot for after-dinner drinks and live entertainment in a stylish atmosphere.

    From USD30.00

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
    4 hour(s) (evening)
  3. See the best Hawaii luau with Waikiki's largest Polynesian luau show presenting authentic Hawaiian hula, Tahitian dance, Samoan fire knife performances, and modern song & dances with a premium buffet featuring island favorites and tropical cocktails.
    Meal Provided

    From USD76.00

    Review Rebate
    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
    2 - 4.5 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  4. Book budget-friendly and affordable ticket options to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and choose from variety of options including admission to the six famous island villages, evening show tickets, or even a buffet dinner with a Polynesian show!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD87.15

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2.5 - 12 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  5. Visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, and see where WWII began for the U.S., and also where it finally came to an end. This Pearl Harbor tour will take you to all of the most famous historic sites, including the ferry out to the Arizona Memorial.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD192.25

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    9 - 10 hour(s) (morning)
  6. Journey back in time with a visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii’s most famous and historic landmark. On this popular guided Pearl Harbor tour, visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, take a ferry to the Arizona Memorial, & tour the USS Battleship Missouri.
    Pick-up Provided


    7.5 - 8.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Get tickets to Pearl Harbor for one low price! Passport to Pearl Harbor gives you access to all of the National Memorial’s historic sites including, USS Battleship Missouri, USS Bowfin Submarine & Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

    From USD89.99

    7 - 9 hour(s) (morning)
  8. See the history and the events that occurred on the December 6, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in a unique way as you go through 75 years of Pacific aviation history, and enjoy exclusive access to WWII hangars to see over 50 aircraft and exhibits.

    From USD25.99

    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  9. Avoid lines, and take a walk through history with a per-purchased ticket to the USS Battleship Missouri located in the heart of Pearl Harbor, and explore the many areas aboard this massive historic site, while also visiting the USS Arizona Memorial.

    From USD34.99

    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. Taste the real flavors of Hawaii on this unique food tour hosted by Lanai Tabura, winner of Food Networks Great Food Truck Race and host of Cooking Hawaiian Style. Discover restaurants, drive-ins and food trucks where only the locals know to go!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided


    4 - 5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. With 3,900 exhibits and artifacts, the Bishop Museum offers a unique look through the history of Hawaii and Polynesia as well as guided tours and a Planetarium.


    (morning, afternoon)
  12. Learn hula online from esteemed kumu hula Mari Hayes, and experience this unique Hawaiian dance from your home, backyard, and more. Whether you are a beginner hula dancer or experienced, learning solo or with a group, an online hula class is perfect!


    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  13. Experience the healing power of a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and other rejuvenating spa treatments. Located in the heart of Waikiki, Aloha Therapy offers an array of services that are guaranteed to soothe the body and the mind.

    From USD100.00

    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  14. Relax in comfort with expert massage therapists trained in the art of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage. This uniquely therapeutic experience offers a truly decadent form of traditional massages from around the world, one supremely relaxed client at a time!

    From USD87.96

    (morning, afternoon, evening)

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