🎶 Where Have All the Tourists Gone? 🎶
Today you can take a left turn on South Kihei Road – almost without looking. In the course of a couple weeks we’ve gone from waiting for 5 minutes to take a right with a left being impossible – to no traffic at all. The beaches have a few people scattered. That is our Maui seasons.
The weather is still great here but vacationers are enjoying spring at their homes and waiting for school to be done. Our whales are gone but there are still plenty of great ocean activities.
Many people ask – What are the Maui Seasons?
Our peak tourist season is our Winter. We are still above the equator so Maui experiences the same summer and winter patterns as most the continental U.S. and Canada. We have a typical school year so we have kids in/out of school similar to many other areas. Our weather really does change. We don’t change enough to have Daylight Savings Time. Our sunrise/sunset times during the year are not drastic but vary between 5 and 7.
Maui Seasons – The Weather
Winter is the rainiest Maui season. The Windward side of the island experiences rain almost every day. Weather patterns come across the Pacific and usually smack into the island on the windward side. On the “Leeward side” (in the lee of the mountains), like my home in Kihei, you get occasional rain. Even more rarely we get rain that lasts for days. Cold weather in Kihei means it drops below 70°F. Most days are in low 80’s. If you are upcountry (above 1000 feet up one of our majestic mountains), you can experience much colder weather dropping into the 40’s. We have snow on the top of Haleakala (10,000 feet) a few times a year. Occasionally there is a “Kona Storm” from the southwest that hits the leeward areas and can dump warm tropical water across Maui.
Spring – Rain is common in windward areas but rare in leeward areas. Weather is very pleasant. This is when the ocean temperature is at it’s coolest.
Summer – It occasionally rains in windward areas but rarely elsewhere. Summer temps regularly are between 90-95°F in low lying areas. Tradewinds coming from the Northeast are predominate. It can be hot and humid but still is pleasant at the beach. End of summer is when Hurricane season begins but they have seen hurricanes as early as June.
Fall – See spring except that ocean temperatures are the warmest. Weather tends to stay hot through September. Hurricane season is in full throttle. Some years that means we get a tropical summer storm or two. Others we have emergency preparations and prepare for the worst that rarely happens. Hot off the press for 2016 – After record-breaking hurricane season, 2016 expected to be tamer.
Maui Seasons – For Tourists
The best way to see specific dates for a season is to visit almost any condo site on VRBO.com. Since a peak number of visitors mean higher prices (supply/demand) there is direct correlation. The dates given below are just estimates and varies year to year. Here is typically what you will see in order of highest prices:
- Holiday – Dec 16 – January 10. Christmas in Maui – Live the dream!
- High Season – January 11 to April 20. This is whale season (peak time is February) and where it is cold elsewhere. The end date is often tied to spring break and Easter breaks.
- Thanksgiving – Nov 20 – Dec 1. This doesn’t always show up in price schedules but it is a busy time.
- Summer Season – July 1-Sept 14
- Low Spring – April 21 – June 30. Don’t think that just because it is low season, there is nothing to do. In addition to most normal tourist activities, we also have an array of community events and celebrations. Don’t forget the Maui Film Festival in June. And the jacaranda tree’s blooming Upcountry in May is a stunning site.
- Low Fall – Sept 15- Nov 20 – Similar to low spring with lots of community events. Visit our county fair the end of September. Also watch for good specials on fine dining as chef’s give back to their communities.
- Dead December – If you don’t like other tourists, the first 2 weeks of December is a great time to visit. It is super quiet here. All the resorts have their holiday decorations up. With a few whales, some of the snowbirds start to arrive.
Any time of year, Maui offers warmth, beauty and Aloha! Call me when you come!