Seasons of Wildlife


Some birds, such as the great frigatebird (pictured above) can be seen year-round, while others such as the Laysan albatross are seasonal residents.

    Weather in The Hawaiian Islands is very consistent, with only minor changes in temperature throughout the year. There are really only two seasons in Hawaii, hoolio (winter) and kau (summer). Although the two seasons vary a bit in precipitation, the temperature variance is small. This is because there is only a slight variation in length of night and day from one part of Hawaii to another and because all its islands lie within a narrow latitude band. Also, we have a nearly constant flow of fresh ocean air across the islands, which regulates the temperature. The small seasonal changes provide the perfect habitat for wildlife to winter and rear their young.

    • Hoolio (winter): November to April. Daytime highs at sea level range from 79–83 °F (26–28 °C)
    • Kau (summer): May to October. Daytime highs at sea level range from 84–88 °F (29–31 °C)


    Red-footed Boobie
    Ā / Sula sula rubripes

    • Found at Kilauea Point year-round

    Brown Boobie 
    ‘A / Sula leucogaster 

    • Speculated to be found at Kīlauea Point year round, though they are more likely to be seen March through September

    Laysan albatross 
    Mōlī / Phoebastria immutabilis 

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from November - July

    Black-footed albatross 
    Ka‘upu / Phoebastria albatrus

    • Can be seen at sea or from shore from November - May. 

    Great Frigatebird
    ‘Iwa / Fregata minor palmerstoni

    • Found at Kīlauea Point year round

    Red-tailed Tropicbird
    Koa'e ula / Phaethon rubricauda

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from February - October 

    White-tailed Tropicbird
    Koa‘e kea / Phaethon lepturus dorotheae

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from February - October

    Hawaiian Goose
    Nēnē / Branta sandvicensis

    • Found at Kīlauea Point year-round

    Pacific Golden Plover
    Kōlea / Pluvialis fulva

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from August – April

    Wedge-tailed Shearwater
    ‘Ua‘u kani / Puffinus pacificus

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from March – November

    Newell's Shearwater 
    ‘A‘o / Puffinus auricularis newelli

    • Found on Kaua'i from April-October

     Wandering Tattler
    ‘Ūlili / Heteroscelus incanus

    • Found on Kaua'i in stages
      • Adults from July to August
      • Juveniles from September to November  

    Ruddy Turnstone
    ‘Akekeke / Arenaria interpres

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from August-May

     Spinner Dolphins
    Nai‘a / Stenella longirostris

    • Found in the state of Hawaii year-round

    Hawaiian Monk Seals
    ‘Ilio holo i ka uaua / Monachus schauinslandi

    • Seen on Kaua'i year-round

    Green Turtle
    Honu / Chelonia mydas

    • Found in Hawaii year-round

    Humpback Whale
    Koholā / Megaptera novaengliae

    • Found at Kīlauea Point from November - March