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The south side of Maui (the areas of Kihei, Wailea and Makena) are typically warm and dry (less then 10 inches of rain per year)
Pre-Planning + Weather Wisdom = Better Boat Rentals
Casting off the lines for a boat trip gives you an entirely new perspective on the world. When you leave the dock, your daily routine melts away as you look forward to an enjoyable day of sailing, power-boating, or fishing. Although pleasantly warm, sunny weather would be the icing on the cake, the forecast doesn’t always cooperate.
However, here’s some good news: With a little advance planning, and an “eye on the sky” while you’re underway, you can manage unpredictable weather without breaking a sweat.
When visiting the islands, you may notice how each area looks a little bit different. One spot on the island can be dry and sunny while another is green and rainy. The Hawaiian Islands are situated in a unique spot. They are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and can experience variable weather patterns.
The image above shows the annual precipitation on Maui. The Leeward sides which are the red and yellow colors receive little to no rain. While on the other hand, the windward sides which are the green and purple colors could receive a bit of rain every day!
These different areas on the island are called microclimates. A microclimate is the climate of a very small or restricted area, especially when this differs from the climate of the surrounding area. Maui is home to multiple microclimates based on the Koppen Climate Classification system. This fact is an astounding achievement for such a small land mass.
There are six major climates on the Koppen Climate Classification system scale. There are tropical moist climates, dry climates, moist mid-latitude climates with mild winters, moist mid-latitude climates with cold winters, polar climates, and highland mountainous climates.
Within these six major climates are microclimates. Maui is home to desert, rainforest, and mountainous climates. Areas that experience higher amounts of rainfall will be more green, lush, and humid, while areas with little to no rainfall will be more dry, sunny, and hot.
Lahaina, Kihei, Wailea, Haleakala, and Kaupo have desert microclimates. Haiku, Hana, Kipahulu, West Maui Mountains, and Makawao are where you will find rainforest microclimates. Finally, mountainous microclimates include Haleakala, Kula, and Ulupalukua.
From desert, to rainforest, to mountainous areas, Maui will keep you entertained with its unique landscapes. The Hawaiian Islands usually experience cooler temperatures and higher amounts of rainfall during the winter months which are from October to April. They also enjoy consistently dry summers and strong trade winds from May through September.
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