USCG ISC Honolulu
400 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819
In Honolulu, the summers are hot, oppressive, and dry; the winters are comfortable and humid; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 68°F to 87°F and is rarely below 63°F or above 89°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 27 to October 14, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 23, with an average high of 87°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 13 to April 1, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 68°F and high of 79°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 15 to March 31, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on January 11.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from March 31 to October 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on June 20.
Cost of Living
The overall cost of living index in Honolulu, HI is 182. That puts it 3% higher than the average of Hawaii and 82% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Honolulu, HI, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Hawaii as well as 29% higher than the nation’s average.
Getting to Know the Area
Sandwiched between the Downtown and residential neighborhoods of Kalihi-Palama, Honolulu’s Chinatown is one of the largest and most authentic Oriental districts in the United States. It pulses with life at spots like the Maunakea Marketplace, marked by its red-painted clock tower with overhanging Shan gables, and bursts with smells and sights amidst the endless stacks of tropical fruits and soy-sautéed meats that coalesce around Oahu Market.
Looming in sinewy, volcanic ridges high above the downtown and bustling coastal strips of central Honolulu, the Diamond Head State Monument is one of the most iconic sights on the skyline of the Aloha State’s capital. It’s thought that this recognizable landmark formed when a great cinder cone on the edge of the Koʻolau Mountain Range burst 200,000 years ago – spewing magma and rock out to create the rugged ridges and craters seen today. Many hikers wax up the walking boots and make for the maintained trail that carves its way along the edge of Diamond Head. This goes for just under a mile, passes through tunnels and scales staircases, all before offering up sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and the city.
The most-visited memorial in all of Hawaii – the USS Arizona Visitor Center – juts it’s way out into the waters at Pearl Harbor on the north-eastern fringes of Honolulu. The museum can only be accessed by boat and offers travelers a glimpse of the destruction wreaked on the American Naval fleet. Inside, the exhibition and memorial space is divided into three separate sections. One area, the Assembly Room, offers bird’s eye views over the submerged deck, while the Shrine part of the site contains a sobering and thoughtful memorial to both the dead and the survivors.