It’s no surprise that many couples choose to have their destination wedding on Maui in June. The air is warm and pleasantly breezy, and the stunning setting is right out of a storybook. Visitors who come to Maui for a summer vacation find the scenery, attractions and variety of things to do even better than they had imagined. From scuba diving with sea turtles to lounging on a secluded beach with that special someone, this island paradise has it all. June events are full of fabulous food, colorful spectacles and lots of fun.
The climate on Maui in June is always pleasant but varies according to a particular location’s proximity to mountains and the influence of trade winds. Cities and towns on the northern and western (leeward) coast like Kahului, are usually warmer and drier than those on the windward coast.
The average June temperature range in Kahului, on the northern coast, is 70ºF (low) to 86ºF (high). June is the driest month, with average precipitation just .2 of an inch of rain. Average wind speed is 15 mph. Pacific water (sea surface) temperature averages 76ºF. At Hana, on the eastern coast of Maui, the June temperature range is 70º - 82ºF. Rainfall averages 4.3 inches.
Each year, some of the best wines in the world and most flavorful foods on the islands are celebrated at the Ritz-Carlton at Kapalua. Scheduled for June 8 - 10, 2012, the festival starts off with a golf tournament and awards luncheon. Other event features include live local entertainment, wine seminars presented by master sommeliers and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. Various opportunities to taste wines from around the globe and enjoy delicious dishes that incorporate lots of local produce and flavorful seafood highlight the festival.
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Each June, agriculture, ranching and farming in the Upcountry area of Maui are showcased in a fun family way. Scheduled for June 9 - 10, 2012 at Oskie Rice Field and Arena in Makawao, some of the fair features include a farmers market, livestock show, exhibits, chef demonstrations and live entertainment. The food booths offer an array of fair favorites, and kids of all ages enjoy the rides, races, rodeo and eating contests.
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This annual swimming, biking and road racing challenge is set for June 10, 2012 at Wailea. Participants must swim 1.5K, bike 40K and then run 10K over a gorgeous but grueling course. Spectators share the excitement as they watch the swimmers hit the waves and then return to the beach. The air is full of anticipation as crowds cheer on the athletes at the finish line.
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While fans of film come to preview upcoming releases and see who wins awards, fans of fabulous food and the glitz and glamour associated with Cannes and Sundance come for the total package. This annual celebration of cinema is scheduled for June 13 - 17, 2012 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and the Wailea Resort. Lots of Hollywood stars and movie buffs will gather for the screenings and soirees. The festival boasts its Celestial Cinema, a magnificent outdoor theater, and the social gatherings that feature fine food created by top chefs.
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In honor of the great Hawaiian king, a parade featuring Pau horseback riders, marching bands and floats and then a hoolaulea (festival) take place throughout the Hawaiian islands each June. Scheduled for June 16, 2012, highlights of the Lahaina event at Kamehameha Iki Park include live entertainment, crafts demonstrations and sales, island food specialties, traditional ceremonies and lots of things to do for kids and adults.
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From tennis with a view of the ocean to riding a zip line over the wonderful waterfalls and verdant valleys of the Kahalawai mountains, there are so many enticing things to do during June. Whether one’s preference is relaxation or adventure, Maui has it all. Anglers have lots of options. Sport and bottom fishing charters depart from the harbors at Kaanapali, Lahaina and Maalaea. Chances are excellent for catching blue marlin, wahoo and yellow fin tuna out in the deep. Bottom fishing in the shallows commonly yields shark, barracuda, goat fish and gray snapper.
Golf courses abound throughout Maui, some suitable for duffers and some offering an appealing challenge for low handicap golfers. All come with beautiful backdrops such as the Dunes at Maui Lani and the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Resort.
Maui has beaches that are perfect for swimmers, surfers and snorkelers. Kaanapali Beach in Upper West Maui has white sand and clear water, great for swimmers and snorkelers. Some of South Maui’s beaches have more wave action and attract surfers.
Ecotourists can rent a 4-wheel drive and explore on their own or take an escorted tour of some of the most diverse and rich environments on Earth. Roam through the rainforest; get wet under a waterfall and explore the cinder cones of Haleakala Crater. Other expeditions include kayaking and checking out the scenery from atop a horse.
Demand for the most desirable accommodations increases in June because Maui attracts many destination wedding parties and honeymooners. Make sure to book reservations as early as possible. Pack an assortment of lightweight clothes for the beach, daily activities and evening events. For time spent in areas that get frequent showers, bring along rain gear. If trekking through rugged terrain is on the agenda, bring along shoes that provide protection and traction. Wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen liberally, especially when at the beach.
When traveling to Maui consider staying in a private vacation rental. They are usually much more spacious than a hotel room and a fraction of the cost.
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