TYPICAL SEASONAL WEATHER FOR HAWAII & WHERE WE SURF:
Some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our clients are in regards to the weather, seasonal climate and the waves where we surf.
While the weather on Maui is notoriously predictable, it can be dramatically different depending on where you are on the Island. Most of the world’s climates can be found here. You could find yourself traveling from a warm sunny beach to a rainy tropical forest into an upcountry pine forest and even experience a snowfall on the 10,000ft summit of Haleakela, all this within a relative matter of miles!
Here on the West side of Maui, where we most often surf, the average temperature is 75-85 degrees – with a nearly identical water temperature. Lahaina is typically very sunny and dry. As you head north through Kaanapali, Kahana and Kapalua the temperatures are slightly cooler and there is more potential for rain.
The West side of Maui holds excellent potential for surf year-round. It is home to two of the best waves in the world, Maalaea to the South and Honolua Bay to the North, and countless spots in-between and beyond. Lahaina, where we do most of our lessons, is one of the most consistent areas on the Island for year-round surf.
During our summer months we receive most of our swells from storms in the Southern hemisphere – this Southern juice can light up dozens of great surf spots. When winter arrives we begin to see swells created by storm systems in the Northern hemisphere, This is usually when we see our classic North Shore big waves that Hawaii has become famous for. These swells impact the north facing shores and push fun surf all the way down through Lahaina.
We are constantly trying to track and predict waves and surf conditions. In order to do this we gather information from various websites. There is a lot of information out there on the web, so we have put together a selection of links that we feel are the best and most informative when trying to follow, read or predict the weather and waves.
• National Weather Service / 7-Day Zone Forecast for Maui Windward West
• National Weather Service / Enhanced Radar Mosaic: Hawaii Sector Loop
• National Weather Service – Hawaiian Coastal Waters Forecast
• NDBC – National Data Buoy Center – Hawaiian Islands Recent Marine Data
• Maui Weather Today
• NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
• NOAA – GOES West – Central Pacific Imagery – Satellite Services Division
• NOAA Tsunami Site
• Unisys Weather: Visible Satellite Image 3 Hour Loop
• FNMOC Wave Watch 3 / North Pacific
• North West Pacific NOAA Wave Watch
• Ocean Weather Inc – Significant Wave Height w/ Wave Direction
• Wave Model – North Pacific Sea Height (STORMSURF)
• LARGE Satellite image of the South Pacific
• University of Hawaii at Manoa – Wave Height & Direction Chart
Hawaiians have always practiced a sustainable way of life.
Please respect and have aloha for Hawaii and its people.
In 2007 & 2008 our surf school was nominated for the ‘LIVING REEF AWARD’ for the state of Hawaii, sponsored by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Although honored, we believe the actions taken, to be recognized for this award, are only acts that should be practiced by all individuals living on the Islands.
Hawaii is composed of nearly 130 Islands, islets, and atolls, with 120,000 miles of ocean and reef. Hawaii is the most isolated landmass in the world and boasts the largest protected marine sanctuary in the U.S. Maui is the most protected and fragile marine ecosystem in Hawaii’s visited Islands. We have the ultimate responsibility of protecting our resources for future generations.
In order to achieve good stewardship all of our staff participates and has been C.O.R.A.L card certified. The C.O.R.A.L card is a certified course sponsored by NOAA, National Marine Sanctuaries, Marine Option Program, Maui Reef Fund, Hawaii’s Eco-nature Society, Hawaii’s wildlife Fund, The Coral Reef Alliance and Project S.E.A Link. Participants are trained and educated about the environment, culture and island stewardship.
Please take the time to read a few tips we would like to share with our visitors:
• Don’t walk on or touch the coral or submerges rocks where new coral could grow. Coral is a living animal; it is delicate and grows very slowly. It is actually illegal to damage coral in Hawaii. Remember, any type of impact kills the coral!
• Keep it clean! Litter diminishes quality of our eco-systems; litter becomes marine debris, which threatens marine species.
• If you smoke please take your butts with you, butts can seriously harm sea life if swallowed. Remember, on an Island everything eventually drains into the ocean if not properly disposed of.
• Do not feed fish! Feeding fish may disrupt natural behavior, causing dependence and habituation, and promotes aggression.
• Respect animal’s space. Don’t touch, inhibit, harass or “take” sea life. It is illegal to touch or ride the turtles. Legal approach limit for Whales or Monk Seals is 100 yards. The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin may be the species seen most, they feed at night and need to rest during daylight hours – please don’t interrupt resting, this could make them more susceptible to predation.
• Take nothing living or nonliving out of the ocean.