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From what I hear, this past December was EXTREMELY wet, causing some bridge and road closures. I am on Kauai now. Last week Princeville was rainy, but I was able to get out and about every day, usually without a rain interruption, but not always. Tomorrow, I'll be back in Princeville. Hopefully, the rain will take a break during daylight hours during that week.
My dad and brother were there for Christmas 3 Decembers ago. We go with my dad every other year in JULY. My dad came home and said "Let's stick with the summer trips!" They stayed in Poipu (the sunnier side) but these are what he found to be a problem for him (travelling with elementary aged grandkids)....
The ocean water was quite a bit cooler. Kids couldn't be in it for too long before they were COLD with blue lips.
Water (especially on the north shore) was too rough for the kids to go into or near the water. The only place they could really swim or snorkel was at Lydgate and Poipu Parks.
Hiking trails were very very wet and slippery, making the Kalalau and others not an option for kids or anyone in less than prime hiking shape.
Lots of little bugs flying around on the trails.
Rain rain rain. Overcast almost everyday.
Cooler daytime temperatures.
Cool at night....to the point of being uncomfortable while sleeping (remember, there's no heat and many places don't have glass in the windows, just louvres, and there's no down comforters).
Many/most swimming pools aren't heated....so again, too cold for kids to enjoy.
I should say we're from Michigan. My dad is in his 70's and a hardy, hiking-camping type of guy, but doesn't like being cold and wet.
I found an exchange for Christmas at the Alii Kai. After this last Christmas, I swore that I wouldn't be home for the next! Doesn't sound like Kauai would be the place to be .... I was thinking of bringing my son and his family who have never been. I would hate to spend our whole time indoors. Then again, I guess we could get lucky..
We usually book the first week of December in Kauai at Kapaa and have had good weather with usually 1 day of rain. Living on Vancouver Island, maybe we just don't notice a little rain. The temperature was 81-82 degrees each day so life is good.
DH and I have been on Kauai since 1/8/09. I am surprised that the temps are in the mid-60s at night. Some days have felt very cool in the lower '70s. The water is cold and it seems too cool to swim.
We are staying midway between Kapaa and Princeville. Two tremendous storms at night. Can find sunshine during the day, though.
Have seen 30 to 40 foot swells this past week. Awesome!! A 60 year old visitor was swimming in the huge surf off Aninni Beach - had to be rescued by life guards. The guy's comment was, "I thought this beach was safe to swim at". Go figure.
We will be on north shore Oahu for a week. Be interesting to compare Kauai and Oahu.