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Humuhumunukunukuapua’a – What is it, and how the heck do you say it?

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HumuWhen you visit Maui, you will hear all sorts of Hawaiian words, some are easy to say and remember… but some are definite tongue twisters. Here’s one that will take some practice to wrap your tongue around… but it’s a fun one and will come in handy after a day of snorkeling. It is humuhumunukunukuapua’a and it’s Hawaii’s state fish. It’s a tropical reef trigger fish, and one that you will probably see when you go snorkeling in Maui waters. So, after you come out of the water, you can announce to everyone that you saw a humuhumunukunukuapua’a!!

But, before you go announcing to the world, you’ll have to learn how to say this gigantic word that has more letters than a centipede has legs. I know what you’re thinking, “How the heck am I going to be able to say this one??” Well, actually, after repeating it a few times, it’s actually pretty easy… and, well…. fun! Here’s how you pronounce it: “who-moo-who-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-pooah-ah”. Not so bad, ya? Well, to hear it said in person by a local is key to learning how to say this HUGE word with total ease and Hawaiian finesse. So, when you hop on our shuttle at the airport, don’t be afraid to ask our driver how to say this word! And ask again when you get to our office to pick up your car. Be sure to practice during your stay in Maui, because we just may quiz you later!

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Maui Living

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hawaiianMaui is known by the locals as being “Maui No Ka Oi”, which means “Maui Is The Best”… and out of all of the islands it truly is a garden paradise with beautiful beaches and tropical rain forests filled with lush vegetation and waterfalls.

The pace of Maui is slow and languid, with the day beginning with the sunrise. Many people head out to the beach early to catch the early morning surf before heading into the office. And when the sun sets, the night is dark and the stars are vivid and bright. The night comes early, and is so pitch black, that you’ll find that most people here on Maui end their day early as well. Up early… and ending early. When the sun rises, the day awaits for you to explore this island beauty.

Unlike the mainland, most of the adventures to be found on Maui are mainly outdoors. They usually involve the beach, such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, stand up surfing, fishing, SCUBA diving, windsurfing… the list goes on and on. Then, further inland there is incredible hiking. Maui boasts an incredible amount waterfalls and natural pools for swimming. The island offers so much to do and see on land as well as on and in the sea.

The people of Maui strive to keep Maui pristine and undeveloped. Although sometimes it is hard to stop the progress of Man, Maui remains a beautiful island paradise and a natural playground for those seeking its beauty.

People that visit Maui often mention how they were struck by the warm tropical air filled with the smell of plumeria flowers once they come out of their airplane. And, the spirit of Aloha, is still very much alive. The Hawaiian traditions are very much alive, as well. There are many Hawaiian words that you will hear during your stay, which you may learn while here to share with the folks back home. The first one is ‘Aloha’. We use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. But the word means even more, it is a way of life. It means a joyful sharing of life energy in the present moment. It is a powerful word, so when you say it, picture this in your mind. Aloha is more than a word… it is in essence, the Hawaiian way… the Hawaiian spirit. You will feel it, and may you also share it.

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Honu – Sea Turtles of Maui

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Hawaii Sea TurtleToday’s Hawaiian word of the day is HONU. Honu is Hawaiian for turtle, and it is the green sea turtle you will most commonly see while snorkeling here in Maui waters. They are an ancient reptile, dating back to 75 million years ago. There are three main native turtle species of Hawaii, the green sea turtle, the hawksbill, and the leatherback, but it is the green sea turtle which is most plentiful. There are laws in place to protect the turtles, and their numbers have risen in recent years due to these laws and the efforts of many groups that help promote the species. People here in Maui love the honu, and it is important to remember to respect these gentle, beautiful creatures.

You will most likely see the honu (sea turtle) while snorkeling in most areas of the island. They may gently approach a slow moving snorkeler allowing for great photo opportunities. They are not intimidated by humans, and are actually a bit curious and very friendly, trusting humans to respect them in turn. Please keep a distance of ten feet, and do not try to touch them. There are laws in place to protect them, so please do not chase them. Simply enjoy them as they swim close. It is quite an experience, and one you won’t soon forget. You may even see them on the beach, sunbathing. Turtles will sometimes come ashore to bask in the sun!

You may have heard of Turtle Town. Although turtles can be found everywhere, and all of Maui could be considered Turtle Town, there is a large number of turtles in the southern parts of the island where algae is lush. Turtles are mainly vegetarian. They feast on limu (seaweed) and the occasional jelly fish. Many turtles are born on the southern shores, and so the turtles will often return to where they were born and where food is abundant.

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Aloha Is a Way of Living

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Aloha is a common word here in Hawaii which quickly translates to “hello”, “goodbye” and “love”. But aloha is so much more than that. Aloha is a way of living. Living with the aloha spirit is the Hawaiian way. Many of us who are fortunate enough to live in Hawaii get to experience aloha on a daily basis. It is a way of life.

What exactly is the aloha spirit? Glad you asked!! The aloha spirit is an attitude or a way of living your life which is in tune with others around you, nature, and all the living beings on this planet and beyond. It is experiencing life as a part of a whole, for example, when there is pain suffered by another, it is also your pain. When there is joy, it is also your joy. There is a respect for all that is living, including yourself. The earth, sky, water, air are here for us to look after and protect. This brings a balance and a love… aloha.

It seems that nature, and the beauty of nature (like how we have here in Hawaii) makes it easier to experience this aloha spirit. Nature’s beauty is incredible and energizing to the soul, drawing us into the present moment where we can experience awe, joy, and love.

Hawaiian Words and Phrases to Express Love

Aloha Au Ia ‘Oe — I love you
Aloha Aku No, Aloha Mai No — I give my love to you, you give your love to me
Aloha Nui Loa — All my love
E Kipa Mai — Come to me
E Ku’u Aloha — My love
Ke Aloha — Beloved
Kipona Aloha — Deep love
Ko Aloha Makamae E Ipo — Sweetheart you are so precious
Ma’ane’i No Ke Aloha — For love is here and now
Aloha `Oe — Farewell to you
Aloha Kakahiaka — Good morning
Aloha `Auinala — Good afternooon
Aloha Ahiahi — Good evening

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Maui Weather

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Weather on Maui

We often are asked what the weather is like during certain months of the year here in Maui. Although we can’t predict the weather of the future since Mother Nature has a mind all her own, we can tell you what Maui weather is typically like throughout the year. This may help you plan for your next trip to Maui.

Summary of Average Monthly Weather for Maui Hawaii

January
Maui does have a winter, which is characteristically a bit cooler and rainier than the other seasons. January is one of the coolest months. Cold fronts come in from the Northwest which brings in rain, making January the wettest month of the year. Storms may come through. However, balmy weather does prevail between these periods of showers. The tradewinds do not blow as often as during the summer months, which also causes precipitation. In fact, tradewinds in January blow only 42% of the time, compared with July’s 95%. Rather large surf can be found on the North and West shores. Sea water temperature averages about 75 degrees F.
January average temperatures on Maui: 82-64 F. (27.8 C-17.8 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 69%

February – This is also a cool month, with showers mixed in with warm, and sunny days. The tradewinds blow a bit more often in February with an average of 55% of the time. There is still medium to high surf found on the North and West shores. Sea water temperature averages about 74 degrees F.
February average temperatures on Maui: 80-63 F. (26.7 C-17.2 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 73%

March – Temperatures are a bit warmer than February with more Northeast tradewinds blowing on the average of 61% of the time. These tradewinds bring showers to the windward sides of the island, but with less winter storm action, especially at the tail end of the month. Surf is still good on the North and West shores. Sea water temperature averages about 74 degrees F.
March average temperatures on Maui: 83-64 F. (28.3 C-17.8 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 72%

April – Spring has arrived, with the beginning of the flowering Jacaranda trees in Upcountry Maui. Winter storms are rare in this month. The trade wind blows more frequently now until the month of October which brings mild weather. The tradewinds blow 74% of the time on average. There is lots of sunshine to be found in the leeward areas of the island, with cloudiness on the windward areas. Sea water temperature averages about 75 degrees F.
April average temperatures: 84-65 F. (28.9 C-18.3 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 56%

May – Such a beautiful month, you will think Summer has arrived early! May can typically be a warm month, with tradewinds blowing most of the time to keep us comfortable, 86% of the time. There are less clouds and rain in May compared to April. The winter storms are gone. Sea water temperature averages about 76 degrees F. (25.6C)
May average temperatures on Maui: 85-67 F. (28.9 C-18.3 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 58%

June – Summer has definitely arrived, with warm and sunny days all over the island. Tradewinds blow 91% of the time in June, nearly everyday, which brings much drier conditions. Rain is rare. This month also marks the beginning of the hurricane season; however, it’s not likely for a hurricane to brew in June. Sea water temperature averages about 77 degrees F.
June average temperatures on Maui: 87-68 F. (30.6 C-20.0 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 79%

July – Thank God for the tradewinds, which keep us cool and refreshed in this hot Summer month. Tradewinds blow nearly 95% of the time during July. Very rarely, a tropical storm may come which brings with it no winds and high humidity, which can be a little uncomfortable, especially for low-lying areas of the island. Surf has now moved to the South facing shores from Lahaina to Wailea, with small -medium size waves. Sea water temperature averages about 78 degrees F.
July average temperatures on Maui Lahaina 88-69 F. (31.1 C-20.6 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 69%

August – Typically, not a cloud in the sky with tradewinds fanning the island 94% of the time. Sometimes, the tradewinds may stall if there is a tropical storm nearby which brings with it uncomfortably high humidity to low-lying areas of the island. Sea water temperature averages about 79 degrees F.
August average temperatures on Maui: 88-69 F. (31.1 C-20.6 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 73%

September – September is probably the hottest month of the year. Hurricanes and tropical storms may begin to brew up some high humidity by causing the tradewinds to stall. Although hurricanes very seldom reach the shores of Maui, we do feel the effect of the mugginess they produce. Tradewinds blow on the average 83% of the time. Sea water temperature averages about 80 degrees F.
September average temperatures on Maui Lahaina 89-70 F. (31.7 C-21.1 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 62%

October – This month is still dry and mild with temperatures beginning to be less intense than the Summer months, but still with beautiful sunny weather and little rain. The tradewinds begin to slow down a little, blowing 71% of the time. For surf, you may see your first big waves coming in on the North shore, being produced by some early winter storms brewing in the North Pacific sea. Sea water temperature averages about 79F degrees
October average temperatures on Maui Lahaina 88-69 F. (31.7 C-20.6 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 60%

November – This month tends to be a mishmash of both Summer and Winter weather, being a month of transition into the Winter weather pattern. You may see some showers that are caused by clod fronts coming in from the North and NW during tail-end of the month. You will also to see rather large surf on the North shores, especially during the end of the month, and on into the rest of the Winter months. Temperatures tend to cool down quite a bit, from the upper 80’s down to the middle 80’s. This is also the beginning of the rainy season, with tradewinds blowing 64% of the time. Sea water temperature averages about 77F degrees
November average temperatures on Maui: 86-67 F. (30.0 C-19.4 C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 67%

December – Winter has arrived to Maui with frequent cold fronts which bring showers and winter storms, along with days of sunshine and balmy weather. Surf is very good on the North and West shores with medium to large sized waves. Tradewinds are blowing on the average 57% of the time. Sea water temperature averages about 76 degrees F. December is typically the wettest month of the year on Maui.
December average temperatures on Maui: 83-65 F. (28.3C-18.3C)
Daytime sunshine on Maui: 58%

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