When is hurricane season in Hawaii in 2022?

Hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November, though the Aloha State sees the most hurricanes in July, August, and September.

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Hurricane season generally starts on June 1 and ends on November 30 each year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports there’s a 60% chance of a “below-normal” Central Pacific hurricane season in 2022. In total, experts predict anywhere from two to five tropical storms or cyclones for the Central Pacific hurricane season. [1]   

Although usually covered by homeowners insurance, wind-related hurricane damage is often excluded from coverage for homeowners in Hawaii. [2] That means if you live in the Aloha State, you’ll need to purchase a separate windstorm insurance policy and  flood insurance policy to be fully protected against hurricane damage.

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What month does Hawaii have the most hurricanes?

The Hawaiian islands are at most risk for hurricanes and tropical storms from July to September. The last major hurricane to cause historically devastating damage directly to the Hawaiian Islands was Hurricane Iniki in September of 1992. It was a Category 4 storm that resulted in over $3 billion in damage. [3]  

Hawaii often gets hit by tropical storms — which are slightly less strong than hurricanes — in the months of August and September

Where do hurricanes hit the most in Hawaii?

Because Hawaii is made up of islands, most areas are at risk for hurricane and tropical storm damage. The island of Kauai was directly hit by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, and experts predict that nearly 15,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Oahu also suffered from hurricane damage. 

Maui — the second largest Hawaiian island — hasn’t been directly hit by a hurricane in over 100 years. That said, tropical storms often bring in rainfall that results in flood and wind damage. Tropical Storm Olivia, for example, directly hit Maui in September 2018 and resulted in heavy rainfall and downed trees. [4]  

The Big Island is also at risk for hurricane damage. In August of 2018, Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm by the time it reached Hawaii, but still brought 19 inches of rain to the Big Island, causing major flooding and extensive property damage. [5]  

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How to prepare for hurricane season in Hawaii

Living in Hawaii means tropical storms are a part of life. It’s important to be prepared in the event of a disastrous tropical storm or hurricane. Here are a few things you can do before, during, and after a storm. 

Before the storm

  • Have an emergency plan in place

  • Create an emergency kit with enough supplies to last at least 14 days

  • Sign up for community or country emergency storm alerts

  • Purchase hurricane insurance

  • Know your home’s flood risk and purchase flood insurance

  • Plan an evacuation route

During the storm

  • Follow weather and emergency alerts

  • Do not drive through flood waters 

  • Stay indoors and keep away from windows and glass

  • If you need shelter, you may be able to find open shelters through Red Cross

After the storm

  • Listen to local officials on safety precautions and what to do next

  • Stay away from flooded areas

  • Wear protective clothing while cleaning up your residence

  • Contact your hurricane insurance and flood insurance company if there’s damage to your home

  • Take photos of the property damage to document it

→ Find out how to file a home insurance claim after a hurricane

Insurance considerations for hurricane season in Hawaii

In Hawaii, many homeowners insurance companies exclude coverage for hurricane damage. That means if you only have a homeowners policy and your home is destroyed by a hurricane, you won’t be able to file a claim for repairs. When purchasing home insurance, make sure you ask the insurer whether or not hurricane coverage is included. Here’s what to do if it’s not. 

Purchase windstorm insurance

In Hawaii, wind damage isn’t covered by homeowners insurance. To supplement this gap in coverage, you’ll need to purchase windstorm insurance, or hurricane insurance. Windstorm insurance protects your home against hurricane winds, like if a tropical storm rips off your roof. Keep in mind that windstorm insurance does not cover water or flood damage. You’ll need flood insurance for that.

Purchase flood insurance

Neither home nor hurricane insurance policies include coverage for flood damage. In order to be protected against the frequent flooding in Hawaii, you’ll need flood insurance. You can purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) — a FEMA-backed organization — or through private flood insurance companies.

Hawaii has a separate deductible for hurricane damage

If your home is damaged in a hurricane in Hawaii, your hurricane deductible will be triggered. This is separate from your standard homeowners insurance deductible and is typically listed as a percentage of your policy’s dwelling coverage limit — usually between 1% and 5%. You can choose your deductible when you purchase your windstorm insurance policy. A higher deductible leads to lower insurance rates, and vice versa.

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Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to go to Hawaii during hurricane season?

Traveling to any place can come with unexpected weather risks. If you’re traveling to Hawaii during hurricane season, it’s important to check local weather updates for the island you’re visiting. Make sure you subscribe to local government official alerts and updates to stay informed.

How often is Hawaii hit with hurricanes?

Hurricanes don’t directly hit Hawaii all that often. However, the islands do experience tropical storms and heavy winds. Experts are predicting a below average hurricane season for Hawaii in 2022.

Has a hurricane ever hit Oahu?

Direct hits to Oahu have been rare in recent history, but the island still experiences storm damage. For example, Hurricane Iniki in 1992 did not directly hit Oahu, but the island still experienced damage.