Things to do in Maui when it rains

Updated on:
October 21, 2014

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Things to Do in Maui when it Rains and How to Try to Avoid Rain on Maui

This page covers two subjects about Maui and rain

  1. things to do in Maui when it rains, and
  2. how to decrease your chances of having a rainy day on Maui.

Below is a list of activities and sights and things to do in Maui when it rains.  The suggestions are listed in order of my recommendation, and most have links to more information about that sight or activity.

Then information about which months of the year have the least rain on Maui, and which parts of Maui to stay on that have the least rain.

Or click for more things to do in Maui whether it’s raining or not.

Things To Do In Maui When It Rains

Chick on the links below for more info about each item

Aquarium – mostly indoors, with only a few outdoor exhibits

– Lahaina Cannery Mall is completely enclosed
– Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center is Maui’s largest
– Shops at Wailea has covered walkways
– Hilo Hattie largest store of souvenirs and clothes

Spa – Luxury in hotels, less expensive at independents

Hula Show – Free indoors at Cannery Mall

Leisurely lunch or dinner at a fine-dining restaurant

If it’s raining at the nearest beach, try Big Beach in Makena
where it rains much less often

Wine Tasting and winery tour free at Tedeschi

Art Galleries in Lahaina, including
Village GalleryLahaina GalleriesMartin LawrenceSargent’s

Tour insides of luxury resort hotels Kaanapali and Wailea. This is not only one of my favorite things to do in Maui when it rains, but also one of my favorites any time, and it’s not usually mentioned in any guidebooks.

Submarine ride or glass-bottom boat

A & B Sugar Museum in Puunene

See exotic birds and plants to take home at Dan’s Greenhouse

Read a book on your lanai

Barnes & Noble bookstore in Kahului

Shops in Makawao or Paia – take an umbrella to get between the shops

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Upcountry

Watch channel 7 – Maui TV

Go to a movie

Call a golf course on the other side of the island to ask whether it is raining on that side & play golf there.

Makena & Wailea courses get less rain than Kapalua and Kaanapali courses

Download a free app for your smart-phone that describes many of the best sights to see on the west half of Maui, and use the app to plan which sights you will go to see when the rain stops. Here’s a link to the West Maui Tour Guide app.[

When To Go To Maui To Avoid Rain

The least rainy months of the year on Maui each have less than a half-inch of rain:

  •  June
  • July
  • August
  • September

Mid-range in rainfall (1-2 inches) are:

  •  April
  • May
  • October
  • March

The most rainy months (2-3.5 inches) are:

  • November
  • February
  • December
  • January

Details are at Maui Weather

Forecast for the next 7 days at Maui forecast

Where To Stay In Maui To Avoid Rain

The south side of Maui, especially Wailea, gets the least rain:

South Maui Hotels
South Maui Condos

If you stay on the west side, there’s less rain closest to Lahaina and Kanapali, and more rain in Napili and Kapalua:

\West Maui Hotels
West Maui Condos

There is much more rain in Hana:

Road to Hana

Details are at Maui Rain by City & Area

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