15 Best Things To Do In Maui When It's Raining - Updated 2024

15 Best Things To Do In Maui When It's Raining - Updated 2024
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Maui is known for its natural beauty — with its beautiful beaches, lush forests, and diverse animal life — which is why Maui is such a popular destination for both outdoor and nature lovers. Guests can stay in the top beachfront hotels and luxury resorts during their vacation. While Maui is generally warm throughout the year, rain still comes to visit the area, usually during winter (November to March) in which afternoon thunderstorms are often a daily occurrence. So what happens when you happen to visit during those months?

Here is a list of things to do in Maui when it’s raining so your plans go ahead regardless of how the skies look.

1. See the exhibits at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center

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Maui is home to a vibrant art community. If you’re a fan of the arts, why not pay a visit to Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao? This art center is located in an early 20th-century mansion that offers tours and classes besides its regular exhibits. “Hui” means society, while “no’eau” means artistic. Together, it means a group with a common goal of developing artistic skills. The art center offers workshops for all ages and aims to encourage people to commit to lifelong learning.

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center

Address: 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768, United States

Website: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 9am - 4pm (closed from Sun - Tue)

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2. Go shopping at Whalers Village

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Whalers Village is the place you go to for all your shopping needs. This beachside mall in Lahaina is lined with charming boutiques, quirky restaurants, and other exciting attractions like a whaling museum and hula dance lessons. Whalers Village carries various brands like Louis Vuitton, Lilly Pulitzer, Sephora, and SoHa Living. If you prefer a diverse restaurant selection, this shopping mall has it too! From specialty eateries like Hula Grill and Leilani’s on the Beach to casual spots like Joey’s Kitchen and Island Vintage Coffee, it’s a treat for everyone to come down here.

Whalers Village

Address: 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States

Website: Whalers Village

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

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3. Dine at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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Posted by Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Kapalua Maui on Sunday, December 20, 2020

Are you craving Japanese food today? Maui has just the right place for you! Head over to Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar for your sushi fix. This restaurant is a pioneer in offering vibrant dishes in a casual setting. What’s a Japanese bar without the added entertainment, though? This dining spot is also a go-to for when you want to sing your heart out. Good food and karaoke make for a great night out with your family and friends.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Address: 600 Office Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States

Website: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Opening hours: Thu - Tue: 5pm - 8pm (closed on Wed)

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4. Go underwater with Atlantis Submarine Tour (from USD 179.0)

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Don’t know what to do in Maui when it rains? If you want a more close-up interaction with Hawaii’s marine life, then try to immerse yourself underwater — without getting wet — with Maui’s submarine tours.

The Atlantis Submarine Tour takes you 130-feet (39.6 m) deep underwater with their 48-passenger submarine. This experience gives you the opportunity to see and observe aquatic species in their natural home. One of the highlights of this tour is the sunken replica vessel, “Carthaginian,” located 95 feet (~29 m) deep where there are no coral reefs. The sunken ship was created by Atlantis in order to act as an artificial reef for sea animals.

Atlantis Submarine Tour

Address: 658 Front St #11, Lahaina, HI 96761

Price: 38 USD (Child - up to 12 years old), 105 USD (Adult), 115 USD (Adult w/ Free Child - up to 12 years old)

Opening Hours: 7:30 am - 6 pm. Open daily.

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Contact: 1-800-381-0237 or 808-667-2494

Website: Atlantis Submarine Tour

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Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

Duration: 2 hours

703 reviews

5. Catch a live show at Maui Theatre

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You can catch live shows in Maui’s performing arts center, Maui Theatre, located in Lahaina, Maui. They have three regular shows that are performed weekly: ‘Ulalena, Burn n’ Love, Fourever Fab in Maui. If you’re up for watching and listening to music performed by Elvis Presley and The Beatles cover bands, then Burn n’ Love and Fourever Fab in Maui are shows you should not miss. If you want to watch a show that tells the story of Maui and its culture, performed with dance and music, accompanied by over 100 instruments, then 'Ulalena is the show for you.

Maui Theatre

Address: 878 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761

Contact: (808) 856-7900

Website: Maui Theatre

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6. Watch a hula show (from USD 185.0)

Old Lahaina Luau 2009-07
Source: Photo by user Luke H. Gordon used under CC BY 2.0

If you don’t want to spend extra cash watching live shows, there are always free hula shows on the island. Hula is a dance form that has always been associated with Hawaii, and it is definitely something you should not miss when you visit Maui. You can watch these free hula shows in different venues such as Whaler’s Village, Kapalua Shops, and the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. However, if rain happens to come during your visit, there is still a free hula show inside the Lahaina Cannery Mall. Their hula shows are performed every Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm.

Hula Shows

Address: 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 1 pm - 2 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Contact: (808) 661-5304

Website: Hula Shows

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Maui Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor aboard Pride of Maui

Duration: 2 hours

426 reviews

7. Treat yourself to a spa treatment

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If you’re on vacation, you might as well treat yourself to a spa! Another way to spend your day indoors during a rainy day is to spend it by going to a spa. Maui boasts various world-class spas such as the Spa Grande in Grand Wailea Resort or the Willow Stream Spa in Fairmont Kea Lani. Spas in Maui also offer spa treatments that you can only experience in the island such as the lomilomi massage and Maluhia. This is the perfect way to relax and unwind, especially if you’re visiting Maui for pleasure.

Spa Grande at Grand Wailea

Address: 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753

Opening Hours: 8 am - 7 pm (Spa), 9 am - 7 pm (Salon)

Contact: 808-875-1234

Website: Spa Grande

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8. Go shopping in Makawao

Crossroad @ Makawao Town
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Shopping has always been a staple activity whenever you’re visiting a new place. Maui has plenty of places where you can shop for your souvenirs, unique items, clothing, and so much more. Queen Ka'ahumanu Center is Maui’s largest mall located in Kahului. It has over a hundred stores and the only place where you can find Maui’s two major department stores, Macy’s and Sears. Other places for shopping are the Lahaina Cannery Mall, Front Street, and Maui Swap Meet, a flea market in Kahului.

However, if you are looking for things to buy in Maui, the town of Makawao has plenty of small shops and boutiques to go buy your souvenirs. This town mostly sells clothing, jewelry, and art. Their most famous shop is the Hot Island Glass where you can buy glass art and even watch glass blowing.

Shopping in Makawao Town

Website: Makawao Town

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9. Enjoy the rainy landscape at Maui Kula Lodge

West Maui Mountains - panoramio
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If you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rainy weather in Maui, then Kula Lodge will provide that for you. Kula Lodge and Restaurant was built 3,200 feet (957 m) above sea level, surrounded by flowers and trees. Their restaurant provides not only food that can fill your tummy, but also a spectacular view of Maui that can delight your heart.

Located at the west slope of the Haleakala Crater, the restaurant has an outdoor terrace that opens up to the west side of Maui. From there, you can see the West Maui Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and several towns in Maui.

Kula Lodge & Restaurant

Address: 15200 Haleakala Hwy. Route 377, Kula, Maui, Hawaii 96790

Opening Hours: 7 am - 9 pm

Contact: (808) 878-1535

Website: Kula Lodge & Restaurant

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10. Go on a wine tour with MauiWine

If you find yourself wanting some wine, MauiWine in the Ulapalakua Ranch offers free wine tasting everyday from 10 am to 5:30 pm and a complimentary tour of their estate, production area, and wine cellar at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. MauiWine is located in Kula, on the eastern slope of the Haleakala volcano. Other than their wines, the winery also offers a spectacular view of Maui due to the place being at an elevation of 2,000 feet (609 m). The vineyard is also surrounded with trees and flowers, and the building itself is full of history — called the King’s Cottage due to the fact that it was used as the mountain retreat of the last reigning King of Hawaii, King Kalakua.

You can also request a private wine tasting and tour, and a chance to visit the vineyard, depending on the season and availability.

MauiWine

Address: 14815 Piilani Highway, Kula, HI 96790

Opening Hours: 10 am - 5:30 pm. Closed on public holidays.

Contact: (808) 878-6058

Website: MauiWine

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Private Hana, Ocean, Turtle Town, Winery Tour of Maui

Duration: 4 hours

11. Take a day trip to Pearl Harbor (from USD 589.0)

If it is raining in Maui, why not leave Maui? Yes, Maui is absolutely gorgeous and usually has great weather, and you may never want to leave. However, if it is raining, why not take a day trip to another amazing place. There are organized day trips from Maui to Pearl Harbor. You can head to the historic site, have a professional guide you around the area, and learn about a crucial part of U.S. History.

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Day Trip from Maui to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & City

Duration: 8 hours

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12. Visit the aquarium at Maui Ocean Center (from USD 44.0)

Carcharhinus plumbeus maui ocean center
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Do you want to get up close to one of Hawaii’s treasures? Do you want to know more about life underwater? Then the Maui Ocean Center is perfect for you! The Maui Ocean Center is known for having one of the world’s largest collections of Pacific live corals, together with more than 60 exhibits of different underwater species such as sharks, stingrays, and various kinds of tropical fish. All of this can be viewed in their 54-foot (15.4 m) long walk-through tunnel with a 240-degree view of their Open Ocean Exhibit.

They also have other events such as the Sea Talk Series in which various kinds of people — from members of their community to renowned marine biologists — come to talk about marine life, science, current issues, and so much more. Another feature of this aquarium, which could be perfect to those who are greatly interested in underwater creatures, especially sharks, is their overnight aquarium experience! You could spend a night in the aquarium seeing and learning about the different animals that you wouldn’t have been able to encounter during the day.

The Maui Ocean Center has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. and is one of the best places to gain an understanding not only about marine life or Hawaiian culture, but also the relationship of the Hawaiian people with the ocean.

Maui Ocean Center

Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd Wailuku, HI 96793

Price: 19.95 USD (Children - 3 to 12), 27.95 USD (Adult), 24.95 USD (Senior 65+)

Opening Hours: 9 am - 5 pm. Last admission is at 4:30 pm

Contact: (808) 270-7000

Website: Maui Ocean Center

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Maui Ocean Center All Day Admission Ticket

Duration: 2 hours

759 reviews

13. Join a painting class with Island Art Party (from USD 60.0)

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Are you an artist? Or someone who genuinely enjoys painting and art? Then put your creative juices to work during your vacation in Maui by joining a painting class.

Island Art Party is the only art studio in Maui where you can paint and enjoy a drink at the same time. Painting skills are not a requirement to join this class, knowing how to hold a paint brush and how to have fun is enough to sign up for this activity. Painting materials and drinks ranging from soda to cocktails are all provided, all you need to bring is yourself (and ID to prove your age). Just make sure to wear clothes that are all right to get painted on.

Kids age eight and up are welcome to join their Family Classes and for their evening sessions, people aged 16 and up can attend as long as they are accompanied by a guardian. Combat the gloomy skies with vibrant art and join one of the best Maui rainy day activities!

Island Art Party

Address: 1279 S. Kihei Rd #109 - Kihei, Maui, HI - 96753

Price: from 39 USD to 59 USD

Opening Hours: 2 pm - 9:30 pm (Wed to Fri), 1 pm - 9:30 pm (Sat-Sun). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Duration: around 2-3 hours.

Contact: 808-419-6020

Website: Island Art Party

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Island Art Party on Maui in Kihei

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

45 reviews

14. Tour wineries and distilleries (from USD 151.0)

While it is pouring outside, why don’t you head indoor and pour some delicious wine into in wine glass? Instead of singing “Rain, rain go away”, go on a winery or distillery tour in Maui. The wine and liquors in Maui are unique as they include some of the area’s delicious tropical fruits. For instance, some liquors include locally sourced pineapples and sugar cane. As you tour a distillery, you can learn how various alcoholic beverages are made, sample some drinks, and purchase your favorites. You will have so much fun, you’ll forget all about the rain.

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Iao Valley, Hawaiian Distillery and Lavender Farm

Duration: 5 hours

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15. Visit one of the amazing museums (from USD 39.0)

Bailey House Museum
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A great thing to do in Maui on a rainy day is right here! If you are interested in learning about the community of Maui, then museums are one of the best places to go. Maui has a lot of museums that preserve their history and culture. They have various museums that feature a time in their history such as the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum that shows the history of sugar and the sugar industry on Maui, and the Bailey House Museum that displays different missionary and Hawaiian artifacts.

Meanwhile, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation is the organization that aims to restore and preserve the historical landmarks and structures in the town of Lahaina. Structures such as the Baldwin Home Museum, Old Lahaina Prison, Wo Hing Museum, and Hale Pa'i Printing Museum are all under the management of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Hawaii Museums

Website: Maui Institutions

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Historic Surf Town Loop Hop-On, Hop-Off from Kahului

Duration: 1 to 10 hours

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Beat the rain!

The weather can be unpredictable at times, and would dampen your plans for a sunny day in Maui. However, there is more to Maui than beaches, waterfall hikes, and outdoor activities. There are other fantastic things to do as well. Taking a class, going to a wine tour, or just appreciating the beauty of Maui — if you just know where to look, you will definitely be able to still make the most out of a rainy day in Maui!

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