Hawaii Weather: It’s All in the Eye of the Beholder

We encourage friends and relations to come here to Maui for visits, but we also do our best to warn them about coming during the winter months. The weather can be beautiful … but it can also be like it’s been here for the past ten days: temperatures in the low 60s, blustery trade winds, and rain.

And I do mean rain! We got 2 inches of rain last night and almost 3 inches the day before that. And I can’t tell you how much rain we got in the two days after Christmas because our rain gauge filled up and overflowed. It holds six inches.

We get prolonged spells of heavy rain like this almost every year, and every year the Honolulu TV stations send reporters into Waikiki to interview some of the drenched visitors. Invariably, the conversation goes like this:

TV Reporter: How does it feel spending thousands of dollars on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hawaii and having six solid days of rain?

Visitor: Are you kidding? It’s 15 degrees back home in Cleveland and they’re hip deep in snow. This is great!