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iamjesica Aug 2nd, 2005 10:13 AM

Maui Weather - Can someone ease my mind??
Hi All!

We're leaving for Maui on Thursday morning for our honeymoon and I've been watching the weather forecast. It seems the weather's been nice this week, HOWEVER, on Thursday through the weekend it shows showers and windy....bummer!! I'm aware it does rain a lot, but it's usually mixed with sunshine....

Does the weather forecast list showers/windy a lot of the time?? Help! Trying not to worry. We're staying in Kaanapali, by the way...

Opinions, opinions?! Thanks!!!

dusty56438 Aug 2nd, 2005 10:35 AM

The forecast is almost the same for 5 straight months. High 90 low 75, scattered showers, mostly mountains.

It doesn't rain much in Lahaina/Kaanapali area.

Trade winds are good because they help keep the islands cooler in the summer. So 10-20 mph is good.

No need to worry.

LordBalfor Aug 2nd, 2005 10:50 AM

Be sure and use this weather source - it's much more accurate than any of the others:

Don't worry, it's unlikely to rain much (if at all) - and with temps that high, the few short rains you'll get will feel good and won't likely get in the way of anything. All that a 20% chance of rain means is that there's 20% chance that somewhere in the area at some point in the day will get some precipitation (usually briefly) - not that it will rain 20% of the time. Keep in mind too that those odds say that there's an 80% chance that no where in the area will get any rain at any time. Pretty good odds I'd say.

Wind IS likely - and again, with temps & humidity what there are in Hawaii, wind is usually a GOOD thing. Plan to do your snorkleing during the morning hours. Typically the days start out calm and the winds pick up and the day heats up.


LordBalfor Aug 2nd, 2005 10:53 AM

PS - Jessica:

So, did you end up going to French Polynesia? How was your trip?


LordBalfor Aug 2nd, 2005 11:21 AM

Hi again. Going through some of your posts it looks like you've ended up choosing Maui instead of French Polnesia. Though I DO prefer FP over Maui, Maui is pretty darned nice too - and I have to admit that out of ALL the tropical islands I've been to, Maui is probably the most well-rounded. You should have a VERY nice time. The Ka'anapali area is beautiful.


iamjesica Aug 2nd, 2005 12:57 PM

Thanks all for the help! Okay, so I feel better now! Can't wait!!!!!

Lord Balfor: Yes, we ended up choosing Maui for our honeymoon instead of French Polynesia (I was planning on Moorea), although alone, I definitely would've chosen French Polynesia. SO, French Polynesia will ABSOLUTELY be somewhere I will visit soon (maybe an anniversary!!) I dream of the clear water in Bora Bora...and the beautiful landscape of Moorea!!!!

LordBalfor Aug 2nd, 2005 01:23 PM

Don't rule out the Cook Islands someday too. Cheaper than FP, but very, very similar - our favorite destination (we're returning there next April).

I have to admit the pounding the US dollar has taken over the last few years (in regards to its overseas exchange rate) makes Hawaii far more affordable than most places in the South Pacific. We were just on Maui in May. First time on Maui - though we've been to Oahu & Kauai - and had a very nice time. Some very very pretty beaches - probably as many good beaches on Maui as on the rest of the Hawaiian Islands combined. We still prefer the lagoons of the South Pacific, but can understand why so many people adore Maui. A fine choice for a honeymoon.



iamjesica Aug 2nd, 2005 01:54 PM

Ken: I did research the Cook Islands a bit. So beautiful. Plus, I saw those amazing pictures you had taken. I'll have to research a little more when I get ready for our next vacation. That water kills me! It's just so beautiful!

I am very excited about Maui. We've got some good stuff planned, plus LOTS of relaxation!! What were some of your favorite things, activities, restaurants, etc. in Maui...if I may pick your brain?!

LordBalfor Aug 2nd, 2005 02:42 PM

Well, we tried hard not to do too much as we definitely wanted some down time, but we did do a few things. Rather than list all my thoughts here though (I actually have quite a bit to say about Maui) I'm going to post link to my Maui trip report where I think I answer some of your questions:

and the photos (in case you've not yet seen the Maui shots):

Maui IS beautiful with really nice beaches. It is NOT as exotic looking or feeling as the South Pacific destinations, but it has lots more to do.

Anyway, take a look at the trip report and then if you have any specific questions let me know.

Didn't eat in any real restaurants in West Maui except for dinner at Moose McGillyCutty's in Lahaina after attending the Warren & Annabelles show (terrific by the way - but buy your tickets EARLY because it's always sold out in advance). Food at Moose' was pretty good and we had a good view of the people below from the 2nd storey outdoor balcony.

Had a good dinner at the Greek Bistro in Kihei - but you probably won't be eating there as it's quite aways from where you're staying.

Had an excellent (though pricey) dinner at Mama's Fish House. Nice ambience there - the owners used to live in the South Pacific so it's got a definite South Pacific touch.


LordBalfor Aug 2nd, 2005 02:45 PM

PS - Great snorkeling at Kahekili Beach (in the same general area where you'll be). It's a beautiful, beautiful beach with lots of nice coral just offshore and great views of the other nearby islands.


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