What to do on Maui when it’s raining

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Rainy day on MauiIt’s rain and rainbow season on Maui… my favorite time of year. Don’t let that strike fear that your vacation will be a bust. Read on for tips of things to do on Maui when it rains.

I remember when we were coming to Maui for a visit and in between packing the diapers and bikinis, I checked the weather report only to find that it was supposed to be raining nearly our entire trip. I was bummed. Rain is not what you think of when planning a trip to paradise. No, umbrellas are not in your plans…unless they’re planted in the sand on the beach, or in a slice of pineapple hanging off of your lava flow cocktail.

First, let me make you feel a little at ease…every day, at some point, it will be raining on Maui. For example, it rains much much more in Hana or Kapalua than it does in Kihei or Lahaina. So your weather report may simply say rain, but be sure to narrow it down to the actual place you’ll be staying at or going to, to see the radar and if rain is indeed in store.

Now, if it is raining, no worries, there are fun things you can do. The first thing I would suggest is to chill and enjoy the warm Maui rain. It’s one of my favorite things to do and usually a rainbow soon follows. But if you’ve gotta get out, check out this fun list.

Things to do when it rains on Maui….

DO make it a foodie day

Eat your way around the island. Make it a foodie crawl day by visiting a different spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Throw in a stop for shave ice or Maui coffee to complete the experience.

Some ideas for a foodie tour  – Breakfast at Longhi’s in Lahaina or Wailea, followed by lunch at Flatbread Pizza in Paia and end it with dinner at either Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea or Hula Grill in Kaanapali. Stop off for some yum Maui coffee or hot cocoa at local Maui Grown Coffee or shave ice at Ululani’s.

DO check out some history

Did you know that Lahaina Town was once the capital of Hawaii? In 1802, King Kamehameha made Lahaina the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom and it stayed that way for 50 years before the capital moved to Honolulu.

Head to the old Lahaina Courthouse by the banyan tree and check out all the rich history inside. There are tons of things to read about together and take an adventure to times past. Below the courthouse is also an old jail that now houses art.

Once done, hop in the car and go to Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali and check out the Whale Museum (located on the top floor off near the elevators). You can take an audio tour and learn so much cool things about the time Lahaina was a whaler’s village.

DO go swimming!

Yeah, sounds weird, right? But think about it, if it’s raining you are already getting wet so why not have fun in the pool. Usually our temps are still pretty warm even when it rains. This is a kid pleaser. Mom and Dad may want to hang under the palapa while the older kids swim, or just go for it and live a little and hop in with ’em.

Warning! DON’T go swimming in the ocean when it rains or right after. Rain can cause run-off which makes the water brown and murky. Not only can this put a bunch of junk into the water that you won’t want to be swimming in, but sharks like murky water. So yeah… no swimmy in the ocean when it rains or after, ok? OK.

DO get crafty

Check out these great places to take the little ones. It’s where the locals go and could make for great indoor fun, plus you could make some Maui friends!

Magenta Blvd: art classes(Lahaina)

Kid Zone Maui: gymnastics and tumbling fun(Lahaina)

Monkeypod Art Studio: crafts and hands-on fun galore(Wailuku)

DO go wine tasting (sans kids)

Without kids on this rainy day? Head to the Ulupalakua Winery in upcountry (note, it rains more up there but it’s still a really cool place to check out).

Follow up the wine tasting with lunch at Kula Lodge where you can sit by the fire, grab some hot cocoa and have some yummy french onion soup.

Remember, you can’t have rainbows without rain, so if it’s raining, more times than not it’ll get sunny shortly after and rainbows will start to appear.

Have something to add to this list? I’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below!

Maui rainbow


Easter on Maui

easter on Maui 2015

We’ve had some pretty amazing Easters here on Maui. One year we went to the beach and stumbled upon an egg hunt happening at Baby Beach in Lahaina. A few neighbors roped off an area of the beach and then came around to all the families inviting all the kieki to join the egg hunt.

The kids grabbed anything that could hold the eggs (sand castle buckets, my beach bag or my husband’s hat) and then all the kids of the beach stopped what they were doing and ran after the eggs, clad in bikinis with sand in their wet hair – it was awesome!

If you are on Maui for the holiday, I suggest you spend Easter Sunday at the beach after church, or as your church, but if you want a little more tradition and something fun for the kids, check out these Easter happenings around Maui.

West Maui

Lahaina Animal Farm


Sheraton in Kaanapali

We invite you to join us on Anuenue Lawn for our Annual StarWish Easter Egg Hunt and Rubber Ducky Races!

8:00 am – Ducky Race Registration

8:00 am – 11:00 am – Keiki games, crafts, face painting, egg decorating, and photos with the Easter Bunny

9:00 am – Easter Egg Hunt

11:00 am – Lucky Ducky Race

Duke’s Beach House



Grand Wailea

Egg Eggstravaganza – 11am – 1pm

Egg Hunt • 11:30am and 12:30pm • Chapel Lawn
Egg decorating, carnival games, cookie decorating, and crafts complimentary for all ages! Glitter tattoos, snacks, and beverages available for purchase.

Stay for brunch after which goes until 2:30 p.m. Find more information here.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Annual Makena, Maui Easter Egg Hunt – 9 a.m. start time

Easter Sunday at Makena, Maui is an all-day family affair! Join the Easter Bunny and the rest of the Maui Makena Ohana for an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on the resort’s Pu’u Olai lawn, starting promptly at 9 AM.

With over 2,000 eggs hidden in plain sight on the 24,300 sq. ft. lush lawn, kids of all ages will get an opportunity to search, collect and reap the rewards of Makena’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter egg hunt is complimentary for registered resort guests and Easter Sunday Brunch goers. Registration for the event starts at 8:45 AM.

Also join us for our Easter Egg Hunt and Maui Easter Sunday Brunch immediately following the hunt. For more information call (808) 874-1111

How to not get antsy

you are exactly where you are supposed to be

You are exactly where you are supposed to be

I believe in this saying with all my heart. Where you are at this very moment is where you are meant to be.

It’s where you will rest or gain clarity or it’s where you will let the bubbles form, like in a hot tea kettle starting to push you to the top for release.

It’s where you’ll be catapulted from, or it’s where you will grow your roots. But it’s where you are supposed to be right this very minute.

There are no coincidences or even luck.

We are all on a path, a road that will lead us somewhere, even off track at times, to teach a lesson or to get you to a new corner, so you can make a hard right or hard left.

Believe in this. Notice, be present, be thankful. And trust you are where you are supposed to be.

Hiking with Kids in West Maui

the ohana mama

Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. Here are a few ideas on the West side.

If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids.

☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore.

☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail.  It can be rainy and cooler so bring a wind breaker and put on your bug spray but this lush, green trail is super fun, not too long and shows you a different side to West Maui.  It’s awesome!  You do have to take a shuttle to get there since it’s in a private neighborhood.  You can find times and where to hitch a ride here.

☛ Another favorite, with spectacular views is the Village Walking Trails. The trail starts at the Kapalua Village Center with plenty of parking available. This used to be the old Village golf course so it’s paved, so if you want to bring a jogger or stroller on your hike, this is your place.  It does have some pretty steep hills but we did it with a stroller and a 4 year old.  Once at the top you’ll find a pond with ducks.  The views from this trail are magnificent!

The kids at Launiupoko Walking Trail

☛ Also in West Maui is the Launiupoko walking trail.  It too is paved so a stroller is ok here. You get a wonderful view of Lahaina Town, Lanai, Molokai and splashing whales.  You can also encounter horses hanging in their yards along the way, which is a hit with the kids.  This is a residential area, FYI.

Have fun!

hey there: a day in the life

Oh hey there and aloha. Yup, it’s me, the girl who took off from blogging for nearly all of 2014. Don’t be fooled, I didn’t give up social media and the online world completely. I was still taking photos of our Maui life and sharing it here and here.

So I’ve been around. But I thought it was time that I hang some new pictures on my virtual wall here at home and say aloha to old friends. So here we are.


A day in the life of this maui mama


After an early work meeting, I hit Starbucks with the kids and the beach for 30 minutes. They built kingdoms that looked like crop circles while I combed the beach for baubles and ran along the shore to tire out my dog. It was a great way to start the day.


I was working when this fish went swimming by my desk. Snorkel gear, fins and a skateboard and this chick was in deep sea mode. Someone needed another trip to the beach!


In between trying to finish up some work stuff and remembering to turn on the rice cooker (yup, I had totally forgotten to turn it on after I filled it! Doh!), this beauty caught my eye. The island of Lanai always frames our sunset in the winter. I love it.

Wanna join in? I’d love to hear how your day went. Share in the comments below and say hello!

go on an adventure


go on an adventure maui travel

It doesn’t have to be far far away.

It can be the “slow” road, the longer route home from school drop off.

Or the highway along the shore.

It can be a stop off to watch the whales.

Or a hunt for sea glass.

Go on an adventure, big small, near, far, just do something different today. 

Happy aloha Friday!

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