What to do on Maui when it rains?

Old Mar 6th, 2005, 03:46 PM
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What to do on Maui when it rains?

I'm leaving for Maui on Wed. and the weather report does not look good. All the activities I've planned are for good weather. What kind of things are there to do when it rains?
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 04:02 PM
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I am also following the Maui weather at this web site:
http://www.hawaiiweathertoday.com/content.php?pid=3

The forecast is for "partly cloudy" with a high around 79-80 right through to Saturday. The only rain in the forecast is for "scattered showers" on Wednesday. "Partly cloudy" on Maui is a beautiful day!! You probably got your information at CNN weather.
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 04:34 PM
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Have been to Maui twice and there are a few things to do when the sun isn't shining, besides shopping.
Try the oceanarium/aquarium at the Marina near Kihei.
Also, the plantation can be interesting on a cloudy day.
Hope this helps.
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 05:11 PM
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The forecast for every day is partly cloudy. That's just another day in paradise.

Your weather will be great. Don't worry.
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 06:25 PM
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the week we spent in Maui was cloudy and/or rainy every day. it was still a beautiful place!! there is so much to see and do that doesn't depend on sunshine!!
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 06:44 PM
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Does it rain all over the island? I'm having trouble imagining it raining *everywhere*. Surely there's somewhere on the island the rain isn't falling.

However, I think if it were to rain, I'd still do something like hiking. There is of course shopping or dining. I'm thinking "fine dining" as opposed to merely fueling up at a greasy spoon.
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Old Mar 7th, 2005, 01:12 PM
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Unless we're having a serious storm, like a good Kona storm blowing through, rarely does it rain all over the island. As a rule, Kihei-Wailea will stay dry when it is pouring on the north shore and on west Maui. There is a cold front coming through next week, but no worries. We had a cold front come through over the weekend and it missed Maui altogether. And a cold front means you have to close the windows at night--it will still be in the 80's and breezy during the day.

Hiking is OK if there are light drizzles, but beware of flash flood from heavier rains upstream. I'd not venture too far out into unknown areas in rains. This is how hikers get stranded or worse. You can always go to the beach when there are light rains. But, as always, be aware of conditions. When in doubt, don't go out.
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Old Mar 7th, 2005, 05:55 PM
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We did the Road to Hana on a cloudy/rainy day. It was perfect.
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Old Mar 20th, 2005, 11:07 AM
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The day after we got there was nice, and the day we left was beautiful, other than that... it rained ... and rained... and rained! I don't know if it was raining all over the island, but we drove all over the place and wherever we drove, it rained. So in order to answer my own question, in case the same happens to you... What to do on Maui when it rains:
1. Shopping - It rained so much most days we couldn't do Front St. or Whalers Village so we did the Cannery Mall. I wouldn't go if it's nice, you can go to the mall at home. But it has an ABC Store which is a great place to pick up fun souvenirs and an umbrella.
2. Road to Hana - The driving can be rough in the rain, but hiking to the waterfalls through the mud was a blast. Be prepared to get dirty!
3. Zip Line Tour - They do not cancel because of weather, so go with a good attitude and you'll have fun. They provided rain suits and the jumps aren't scary at all when you can't see the bottom through the downpour. The bad weather makes it an adventure!
4. If all else fails, spend the afternoon at the hotel bar, you won't be alone. Have a few too many Mai Tai's with your fellow travelers trying to stay dry.
Feel free to add to this list. It has to rain in Paradise sometime, It might be the week you're there!
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 05:10 PM
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alabamawhirly, we must have been on Maui at the same time as you. We arrived on Monday the 7th from the BI (where it didn't rain at all) and it was beautiful. We went to Hana the following day and it was also very nice (waterfalls and seven pools were pretty dry though). On Wednesday, it started off drizzly so we thought we would go to the Maui Ocean Center - along with everyone else on the island. So we got some lunch instead and just drove around West Maui. Thursday, also started drizzly but it cleared up in the afternoon and we went on a whale watching tour. We saw a bunch of rainbows but barely any whales - it was kind of windy and the water was choppy. On Friday, we had a snorkel trip planned at 6:15 a.m. and we were worried about the weather. We went and it was fine and then we spent the remainder of the day by the pool. Our last day, Saturday, we got up early (3 am) for sunrise. We drove up to the top of Haleakala and it was raining the whole time (we were thinking we should have stayed in bed). We never did see sunrise but it was still pretty neat to see. The remainder of the day was a total washout. At least we weren't as sad to leave and go to the airport.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 05:47 PM
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Just returned from 8 days on Maui and it did not rain at all while we were there.

If it had rained we could have been happy to tour the art stores in Lahaina, shopping at Wailea, massages at the hotel spas in Wailea or most all of the major hotels, the aquarium, go for lunch at Mama's Fish House, or stretch out on a covered lanai and just watch it rain!
You can probably still see whales spouting and breeching even in the rain.
Have fun !
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 10:49 PM
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What to do on Maui when it rains?

Umm... horizontal hula perhaps
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 11:11 PM
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Finally a real answer pspercy!!!!!!!!! And so very eloquent! There's nothing left to say...you've said it all! Good times!
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We just returned home from Maui yesterday, and it rained a little on one day, and on the road to Hana, but I agree that it rarely rains everywhere on the island at once. I also agree that it's beautiful anyway. Relax, it will be wonderful!
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we were in Maui from sunday march13th through Friday March18th and we had just a very very very little rain on Tuesday the 15th. Actually on our way to hana it poured but by the time we got to Paia the sun was out. We were in Kauai from March 7th through the 13th and only had one afternoon of rain on Tuesday March 8th. Weather in Oahu was perfect the hole time we were there from March4th -7th.
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