For decades the Hawaiian Islands have been the dream destination. All around the world the mention of Maui elicits immediate positive reactions, dreamy eyes, and images of beautiful surfers. In reality, Maui is more, much more. A tropical island in the Hawaiian chain with a fairly mild year-round climate tempered by the Pacific Ocean, it enjoys an average afternoon temperature around 71°F (22ºC) during the coldest months of December and January and temperatures in the mid to high 80s (30ºC) in September and October, the hottest months of the year. Simply put one can enjoy outdoor activities 365 days a year in a variety of microclimates, due also to prevailing trade winds. They have a direct impact on the rainfall and most of it hits the North and Northeast-facing shores, leaving the South and Southwest areas relatively dry and somewhat windy, and the West right in between.
As you make your way to various sections of Maui, it is interesting to note the differences in terrain brought about by rainfall differentials. Besides the trade winds, elevation also plays a role in determining an area’s microclimate. You will encounter everything from barren lunar-like desert on the Haleakala Volcano, dry and desert-like in South Maui, lush and green in West Maui to rainforest in Hana.