Why Most Hurricanes Don’t Hit Hawaii

Recently, there was news about a number of hurricanes heading towards Hawaii. Fortunately, as in most instances, their winds slowed down considerably as they headed away from the islands without causing any damage.

As a travel agent, your customers might have been asking you if it was safe to travel to Hawaii during such times. Obviously, when your clients see this on the news, it does definitely put a damper on your planning trip efforts to the Aloha State. While no one can ever guarantee that anybody‘s trip to Hawaii, let alone anywhere else in the world, will be free from weather hazards, there are some things that you can advise your clients on making informed choices on their trip to Hawaii during the hurricane season.

The hurricane season in Hawaii is typically from June through November. A hurricane is a storm producing sustained winds over 74 miles per hour. While a handful of hurricanes have hit Hawaii, causing serious damage, most notably on the island of Kauai, it is historically quite rare that they have actually impacted the islands in a significant way. During the last 60-plus years, only four hurricanes have actually direct hit any of the main Hawaiian Islands, meaning that the eye of the storm had made land fall. Most hurricanes in this part of the Pacific generally originate from Mexico’s Baja California peninsula moving east to west.

With the exception of Kauai, which suffered serious damage from hurricanes Iwa in 1982 and Iniki in 1992, Hawaii seems to be relatively immune to hurricanes. Some believe that this is because Hawaii’s tall volcanic peaks, such as Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, tend to slow down or divert such storms. While some meteorologists think Hawaii’s relatively low rate of being hit by hurricanes might be due to its location. Hawaii might be fortunate to have a high pressure feature that is parked northeast of the islands during May through October which helps to deflect storms and could have played a factor in protecting Hawaii from most hurricanes.

Another factor that could be shielding Hawaii is the relatively cool water temperature that surrounds the islands. Hurricanes needs waters of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit to sustain themselves and cooler water temperatures tend to shut them down.

So Mother Nature has been kind to Hawaii by offering it a number of means to protect itself from hurricanes. As a travel agent, you can also protect your clients by informing them about the merits of buying travel insurance.  This can insure them (with some limitations and conditions) if their travel reservations are cancelled by a named hurricane. And if and when your customers decide they need it, don’t forget you can conveniently and efficiently offer travel insurance protection through Pan Tour’s Agent Direct online portal.


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