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Maui, Hawaii

"The older I grow, the oftener I come back..." Jack London


[03/01/2015 by Jason Ian Hector, Hawaii Real Estate Broker and Short Sale Specialist]

One of the things that make Hawaii a year round destination is the mild climate, especially during the winter when many people come to escape the cold.  Many people in Hawaii don't even have air conditioning or heating and prefer to simply open the windows and let the trade winds in.  When choosing where to live in Maui, you should consider the differences between the climates on its leeward and windward sides.  The leeward side is the dry and hot side of the island while the windward is the rainy side. Also, Hawaii has just two seasons all year round; winter and summer. Winter months run from November through April, with temperatures ranging from the low-70s to mid-80s. While on summer days, Maui’s temperature could go as high as the low-90s. Cooler temperatures can typically be found in the Upcountry region of Maui which has higher elevations.

Maui is the Hawaii’s second largest island in size and has an hourglass or figure eight shape.  The Kahului airport is found in the center of the island and serves as the major airport for the island.  One of the most exciting things to see during the winter months are the migrating Humpback whales seen offshore from about December to May as they mate and give birth before leaving.  There is a Pacific Whale Museum in Kihei where you can learn more and see one of the many ancient fish ponds.  Other events are listed below:
  • Festival of Hana
  • Maui Taro Festival in April
  • Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival in June
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival in April
  • Maui Onion Festival in May
  • Maui Whale Festival
  • Run and Walk for the Whales - late January
  • World Whale Day - Mid February
  • Great Whale Count - Feb. 21, 2015
Maui’s other highlights include the Haleakala National Park, Road to Hana and Lahaina Harbor. Maui is home to 5 different regions; West Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui, East Maui and South Maui.
  • West Maui boasts its prestigious beaches, golf courses and surfing spots. However, in the historic town of Lahaina, art galleries, shopping boutiques and restaurants are its main attractions. Whale watching activities can be enjoyed in the towns harbor along with its spectacular sunset views.
  • Central Maui is a region known for its greenery and is home to the Iao Valley State Park. The park is home to breathtaking tropical scenery and the Iao Needle. Enjoy the hiking trails and interactive exhibits. Wailuku is where the County of Maui offices are located.
  • Maui’s Upcountry region is a much cooler climate as you ascend toward the top of the volcano and park. The Haleakala National Park is known for its ranches, botanical garden, hiking and horseback riding activities. Before you start your trip to either Hana or Haleakala, you might stop in the town of Paia for a box lunch. Paia is a very unique small town and close to the famous Hookipa Beach Park, a world class windsurfing and kite surfing beach.
  • East Maui is known for its lush, windward coast which features the road to Hana. This road is about fifty-two miles long and includes stunning views of waterfalls, rain forests and vistas. The small town of Hana boasts its indigenous traditions and way of life.  Enjoy the 7 Sacred Pools as your reward for the trip.
  • South Maui, unlike the rain forest filled area of East Maui, is the sunniest and driest area of the island. This area is home to great beaches for snorkeling and paddle boarding or kite surfing which is very popular now. One of my favorites is Big Beach (pictured left) and Little Beach (pictured left) which is also a clothing optional beach.  Some of the best beaches can be found south of Wailea (pictured left) which include Secret Beach which is hard to find since it is only recognizable from the street by this small street sign with many stickers on it (pictured bottom left).
What I like about Maui, besides the many great beaches, is it’s close proximity and views of neighboring islands such as Molokini Crater, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. Boat rides out of Lahaina can provide great day or weekend trips for those who want to adventure beyond Maui.