Autumn days on Maui are warm, bathed in sunshine and caressed by refreshing sea breezes. October conditions are perfect for windsurfing, golf, snorkeling and enjoying a myriad of other outdoor activities. From shopping at unique island boutiques to dining at world-class restaurants, options for spending a delightful day and evening are endless. The special events calendar offers lots of variety, from parades and parties to cultural commemorations and exciting competitions.
Prevailing trade winds and proximity to mountains are the greatest influences on the various microclimates of Maui. Hana and other areas on the windward coast are cooler, wetter and more humid than areas on the leeward coast.
The average October temperature range in Kaihului, on the northern coast, is 70ºF (low) to 87ºF (high). The average precipitation is 1.2 inches of rain. Average wind speed is 12.2 mph. Pacific water (sea surface) temperature averages 77ºF.
At Hana, on the eastern coast of Maui, the October temperature range is 70º - 82ºF. Rainfall averages 7.3 inches.
Each month, the historic seaside town of Lahaina has a huge party. Scheduled for October 12, 2012 on Front Street and adjacent areas, this indoor-outdoor celebration includes live entertainment, food and shopping at some of the most charming venues on Maui. Many of the town’s art galleries have special exhibitions and craft demonstrations by artists, musical presentations, wine and snacks. Many merchants offer exclusive 2nd Friday discounts.
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Fans of ukulele music gather each October at the amphitheater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului for an afternoon of sweet sounds. Set for October 14, 2012, the festival features many of the islands’ virtuosos, including Grammy Award winners and nominees. Hawaiian specialty food and beverages prepared by Maui restaurants and caterers and unique island crafts will be for sale.
This annual celebration of the town’s agricultural heritage and culture is set for October 18 - 20, 2012 at the Lahaina Pioneer Mill, West Maui’s last sugar plantation. The festival features many historical exhibits, including two original steam locomotives, numerous food booths, a farmers market, carnival games and live entertainment. There are horse rides and lots of exciting things to do for kids. For the adults, time spent in the beer and wine garden is a relaxing way to end the day.
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A grand parade kicks off the annual festival that is a favorite of both locals and the visitors who come from near and far. Scheduled for October 20 - 27, 2012, some of the highlights of the celebration include a fishing tournament, a family picnic, a Movie in the Park event, a talent show and Keiki Muumuu and Aloha Shirt contests. Fabulous Hawaiian food and music are featured throughout the week-long event.
H-Poko Point at Hookipa Beach Park in Paia is the location of one of the premier windsurfing competitions on the planet. The annual event is scheduled for October 25 - November 3, 2012 and always attracts the best windsurfers in the world. The topography is responsible for creating the perfect windsurfing site. The 20-knot trade winds and frequent 30-foot waves assure that both participants and spectators are in for an exciting event.
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While there are parties and parades at malls, shopping centers and community parks all over Maui, the biggest and brightest Halloween celebration is centered on Front Street in Lahaina. Each October 31st, thousands of locals and visitors in a variety of clever costumes congregate on Front Street for an evening of fun, food and drinks. For those who prefer not to participate in the outdoor revelry, many of the restaurants and bars have Halloween dinner packages that come with a great view of the street scene.
Visitors can easily be overwhelmed by the vast array of enjoyable things to do on a Maui vacation. With so many gorgeous golf courses, beautiful beaches and enticing places to explore, selecting just the right ones to create perfect days at this destination should not be a problem.
Golfers have lots of options. Courses with fairways lined with coconut trees and offering spectacular ocean and mountain views are sprinkled throughout the island. Each has its own challenges and unique charms, and incorporates natural elements like gullies, stream beds, canals and black lava rock walls. Among the best are at the Kapalua Resort, Kaanapali Golf Resort and Wailea Resort. Budget minded golfers often choose to tee off at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course in Wailuki, where a round that comes with a dramatic Pacific vista is a bargain.
Water, water everywhere means that fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkeling and taking an ocean tour of where the dolphins and sea turtles hang out is easily doable. Beaches with just the right features and location for everything from sunbathing and volleyball to surfing and parasailing abound. Charter trips to where the mahi mahi, ono and blue marlin bite leave from Lahaina Harbor and other ports daily. Lahaina Harbor is also the place where glass bottom boat tours take passengers to observe the rich reef life. Be sure to have a camera ready when turtles, fish and often an octopus navigate through the coral and swim under the vessel.
Everyone, especially adventure seekers, should not miss Haleakala National Park. It can be accessed and explored in various ways. One exciting option is a pre-dawn climb to watch the sunrise. One exhilarating descent down the slopes of Haleakalais is via a zip line ride, which also goes over waterfalls and treetops..
Pack beachwear and a variety of lightweight casual clothes. If exploring the Hana Lava Tube, an ancient volcanic cave, or rocky areas is part of the vacation plan, wear sturdy shoes that offer protection and traction. If a sunset dinner cruise or an evening at a nightclub or upscale restaurant is on the agenda, be sure to bring along some fancier clothes and accessories. Use lots of sunscreen and wear sunglasses, especially at the beach. Since showers and even rainy days are a strong possibility around Hana and eastern Maui, have a rain jacket or poncho handy for visits to those areas.
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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