Maui In The Fall Months – September, October & November
What to Expect: Events, Weather and Things To Do
Just like in most parts of the world fall in Hawaii is a transitional time for the weather. Summertime is hurricane season and though they rarely make landfall the tropical storms can cut off the tradewind flow making the weather hot and humid.
Starting in the fall the temperature can stay pretty hot at sea level through September and usually starts to cool to a perfect upper 70’s to low 80’s the first few weeks of October. Usually, by mid-October, the trade wind patterns begin to shift, and light rain can come in from the southeast. These are known as “Kona winds,” and this shift can bring showers to the dry leeward sides of the island-like Wailea in south Kihei and Kaupo along the road past Hana. The normal and persistent trade winds come out of the northeast throughout the year which brings some relief from the warm temperatures and high humidity seen during the summer months. For the most part, though the weather is ideal in the fall and can be some of the best weather seen during the year.
This shift in seasons from summer to fall is barely noticeable at sea level in places like Kihei or Lahaina, but the higher elevations of Haleakala volcano can get downright chilly. Places like Makawao and Kula can see morning temperatures in the mid-’40s and even snow at the summit of Haleakala later in the winter months. If you’re visiting Maui in fall and plan on going to the summit of Haleakala be sure to pack some warm clothes and maybe even some gloves. Freezing temperatures at sunrise on this 10,000 ft volcano are seen throughout the year but becomes more frequent starting in the fall.
Rainfall averages start low in October with 1.2 inches and end with a yearly high of 3.35 inches in December (Kahului airport). It’s the average rainfall measured at Kahului which is mid-island and at sea level. However Maui has so many microclimates that depending on where you are there could be quite a bit less precipitation (in Kihei and Lahaina) or quite a bit more (in Hana or the slopes of Haleakala volcano).
Fall is known as a shoulder season of travel to Maui. This means discounts abound in accommodations and flights to the island. With the best rates, fewer crowds and reliably great weather this is one of the best times of year to visit.
Availability is suitable for most tours and luaus, but it’s still a good idea to book early. Discounts can be found booking island activities online, but it’s also possible to call directly to inquire about last minute deals.
A good example of the available specials this time of year is the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. They have fall couples special were guest can enjoy the best rates of the year, no resort fee, special dining, spa and boutique pricing plus plenty of complimentary activities. This is one of Maui’s 5-star resorts and fall is one of the best times to experience some affordable high-end luxury!
There are many ways to get out in the offshore waters of Maui. Marine reserves are scattered around Maui, and excellent snorkeling can be found at Honolua Bay near Kapalua, Olowalu in the south side of the West Maui Mountains, and Molokini Crater off the coast of Kihei.
Every year in the fall the humpback whales begin their journey from Alaskan waters to give birth and mate. While the winter months of December through March are their most active, younger male scout whales can start to arrive in November.
A Ho’olaulea is a celebration usually associated with the Aloha Festivals that take place in the fall. Though this word is used today to describe a “Hawaiian celebration” it has a deeper meaning to native Hawaiians. The first part, ho’o, always means to do or to make. Laule’a means happiness, friendship, and peace. Thus it’s deeper meaning – “make happiness!”
Hawaiian Fall Month Names
The names of the months varied from district to district and island to island. Which is because each island and areas of an island have different environments that might be used to describe the month. Prince Kuhio gave the names below in the late 1800s:
Hilinama (Aug.-Sept.)–Sun rises due east and sets due west (fall equinox). Tubers ripen for harvest; sugar cane blossoms; vines dying off. Ula and moi season; ‘opelu fishing.
Welehu (Oct.-Nov.)–Makali’i (Pleiades) appears in the ENE sky after sunset, signifying the start of the rainy season. Makahiki, a four-month long harvest festival dedicated to Lono, the god of rain and agriculture, begins toward the end of October and continued into the new year. ‘Opelu and akule fishing.
Seasons of Ancient Hawai’i
There are two seasons in Hawai’i, the cooler wetter season called Ho’oilo, and the hotter, drier season called Kau. Both seasons last about six months. In ancient times the months were marked by the appearance of various stars and constellations in the eastern sky at sunset.
Hawaiian Rain Names
The ancient Hawaiians had over 200 names for rain. Each name is very descriptive and highly specific. It is a wonderful example of how attuned and connected these ancient peoples were to their environment. These words distinguished the types of rain by its many attributes: color, intensity, duration, what times they arrived, the angles or paths of rainfall. Rain names were also often linked to a place or area.
September, October and November
Fall is one of the most active times of year on Maui for events. The holiday season is filled with lots of Hawaiian culture as well as the many cultures represented in Hawaii’s melting pot of peoples. Here is a sampling of what to do in Maui during this beautiful and fun time of year…
Made in Maui County Festival Nov 2nd & 3rd 2019
As one of the largest locally made product shows of the year, the Made in Maui County festival features a wide variety of products. Held at the MACC (Maui Arts and Cultural Center), it’s an excellent chance to enjoy products like produce, food, arts, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, and collectibles. It’s a full day of shopping, demonstrations, prize drawings and entertainment!
Restaurant Week Wailea Nov 3rd thru 9th 2019
With over 20 restaurants participating, Wailea’s restaurant week will highlight the resort areas celebrity chefs who will be creating delectable three-course meals. Special prices range from $29 to 59 dollars depending on the restaurant, with some locations offering discounted wine pairings. This event benefits the Maui Food Bank, so while you’re enjoying the award-winning culinary talent you’ll also be helping local families!
Maui Nui Botanical Garden Nov 3th 2019 9-12am – Arbor Day 1000 Tree giveaway
This botanical garden located in Kahului across from the war memorial stadium grounds and every year they give away 1000 native Hawaiian trees for Arbor Day! Sponsored by Maui Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Program, this event will give out one tree per person any age. Experts will be on hand to recommend the best native tree for each area of the island. The event will feature lectures and activities so even if you’re visiting you can learn about Maui’s endangered trees and the incredible biodiversity of our beautiful island!
The Garden is located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului, right across from the War Memorial Stadium.
The Hawaii International Film Festival November 21st thru 24th 2019
This Honolulu based festival hosts emerging cinematic talent from the Asia-Pacific region and this year there will be four days of screenings and shows at the McCoy Studio Theater located at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. Documentaries, premier and experimental films as well as film shorts and animation/digital works will delight attendees while helping to enrich and broaden support for Asian and Pacific films.
Film and show times TBA
Tickets – $12 plus applicable fees