There’s a saying that “A bad day of fishing beats a good day at work.”  You can alter that to, “A cold, grey, rainy day on the Big Island beats a nice day anywhere else!”  This Wednesday and last we had such miserable weather throughout the island that I actually put the heat on in my car! Ceiling fans have been off since early December and that extra blanket gets pulled out sometime during the night. But when I mentioned to friends how chilly it's been  (around 68 degrees at night), most of my East Coast pals told me to “shut up” and used a few four-letter words in between. Yes, 0-to-minus 30-degree temps are frigid — no doubt about it.  But cold is relative, and 68 degrees at night is chilly when you're used to sleeping with A/C.

But in Hawaii, as in anywhere else, in order to love the sun, you have to appreciate the rain. For the most part, there's only a 10-degree difference between morning and evening, so all in all 68 - 78 in January is pretty nice. The best news is that the driving rains we had recently are rarities on the Big Island, despite it being the rainy season (FYI--Oahu and Kauai get much more rain than we do). 

Speaking of rarities, did you know that The Big Island is the only place in the world where we have 4 of the 5 major climate zones: 1. Arid and Semi-Arid, 2. Tropical Rainy, 3. Warm Temperate Rainy, 4. Polar.  In the winter, we have all four of these zones at the same time with snow topping Mauna Loa (Long Mountain) and Mauna Kea (White Mountain).

You know, If you want to make your mainland friends and family really jealous, tell them that you started your morning off snorkeling at Anaeho`omalu Bay (or “A Bay” as we call it), spent the afternoon snowboarding on Mauna Kea, and then ended the day with a sunset dinner on your lanai.  For an extra coup de grâce, tell them how beautifully clear the night sky is and that you took a midnight stroll under the stars.

Another special winter treat here is whale watching.  Whales return to the Kona Coast from November to March and Wikipedia states that, "almost two-thirds, or 4,000 to 10,000 North Pacific humpback whales migrate to Hawaiian waters each winter to mate, bear and nurse their calves."  We actually have an organization that counts them throughout the season (volunteers will sit in chairs along the shorelines of the major islands counting the number of whales they see at a specific time on a specific day.) 

Don't "wait until next year" to experience eveything that makes us one of the more unique islands in the chain.  Now is the best time to book a vacation rental by visiting www.BigIslandVacationProperties.com.  Better yet, call me at 808 938-0810, or email me at cindimorgan@hawaii.rr.com, and I'll show you some of the more beautiful homes and condos available so you can own a piece of Hawaiian paradise.