Top 10 Rainy Day Activities on Maui

Perhaps the best thing you can do when it’s raining on Maui is not let it ruin your day! Although you may not have anticipated anything less than picture-perfect sunny afternoons on the beach, likely, the rain won’t last for long. Even if it does, it’s good to know that you aren’t at a total loss for activities to keep you entertained, relaxed, and enjoying life on a stunning tropical island.

We have compiled a list of some of our favorite rainy day activities on Maui perfect for all ages of your family or friend group. Please enjoy, and remember, you can’t have rainbows without a little rain.

Best Rainy Day Activities Maui Hawaii

At any given time, it’s likely to be sunny, windy, rainy and cloudy in different areas of the island. With so many microclimates in one place, Maui sees a huge range of average annual rainfall, from approximately 400 inches per year in the lush hills of Hana to 12 inches per year in Kihei. That being said, December through February are typically the wettest months of the year, which also happens to coincide with the best whale watching of the year.


Visit the Maui Ocean Center

While the U.S. is home to several impressive aquariums, you probably haven’t visited one quite like the Maui Ocean Center. Open since 1998, it is the largest tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere! It features only animals found in the waters surrounding the island of Maui, including some of which can’t be seen anywhere else on earth.

For scuba dive enthusiasts, we highly recommend the unique Shark Dive Maui, where you’ll take a dive in the Open Ocean Exhibit, a 750,000 gallon tank with sharks – including reef, hammerhead and tiger sharks – as well as rays, giant trevally, and many species of tropical fish.

Keep an eye on their calendar for fun, family-friendly events, including hula lessons, scavenger hunts, story time, and even sleepovers for kids, and don’t forget to visit the most popular exhibits, including those featuring Hawaiian green sea turtles, baby hammerhead sharks, and Sea Jellies!

  • Bonus: This also doubles as an excellent whale watching area during winter months, often with experts speaking on a variety of fascinating topics.
  • Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm (6pm in July & August)
  • Address: 192 Ma’alaea Rd., Wailuku, HI 96793

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Go Rainbow Spotting from your Lanai

The great thing about the majority of resorts, condos, and vacation rentals on Maui is the fact that they often include a covered lanai, perfect for sipping a cup of Maui coffee (or mai tai) and watching the weather in action.

Known for its frequent occurrence of gorgeous rainbows, you can’t really come to Hawaii without doing some good old fashioned rainbow spotting of your own.

For the best rainbow-spotting results, we recommend:

  • Comfy chair or hammock.
  • A good book! Public Libraries are located in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Lahaina and Hana.
  • Maui-appropriate beverage, of the adult or non-adult variety.

Keep your eyes peeled, your camera close, and enjoy the view!

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Browse Art Galleries

Many excellent artists call Maui home, and with a variety of unique and fascinating art galleries in just about every area of the island, a rainy day is the perfect time to browse artwork from our local entrepreneurs!

Take a quick drive Upcountry to reach the impressive Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center & Gallery, a Maui staple since the 1930s, or enjoy the stunning panoramic views from the Kaukini Gallery in Kahakuloa.

Paia and Lahaina provide the perfect opportunity for walking to several noteworthy local galleries, including:

  • Maui Hands
  • Maui Crafts Guild
  • Kai Pua Art Studio
  • The Village Galleries
  • Constantino Art

If you happen to catch yourself in a rainstorm in Hana (which is very likely), be sure to stop in the lovely Hana Coast Gallery to browse a variety of Maui-made paintings, sculptures, carvings, crafts and more.

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Glassblowing Classes at Moana Glass

No matter the weather, there are so many interesting and unique things to explore in Maui. If you head to Maui’s West Side, there’s an especially rare and artistic activity to do in Lahaina. We also think this is a super daytime activity for couples looking for things to do when it’s raining in Maui.

Moana Glass is Ryan Staub’s private glass blowing studio in Lahaina, Maui. Staub is an internationally renowned glass blower that started his glassblowing art journey in Seattle (1997). He’s blown glass in over eleven countries, and studied under some of the best glass blowing artists in the world. He’s is passionate about his art form, and loves to see his learned glassblowing skills become a legacy throughout his student teachings.

Now residing on the Valley Isle, Staub offers group workshops and private glassblowing lessons in Maui. At Moana Glass, visitors and residents can book classes in April, May, June, November, and December. Students are requested to book as early as possible, and the only requirement is that students are 10 years and older.

Maui Glassblowing students are offered a variety of fun, colorful, and tropically inspired projects to create. Some of the most popular pieces are the Starfish, Sea Float, Fish Sculpture, Floppy Bowls, Ornaments, Drinking Glasses, and the Heart Sculpture.

The best things about taking a class at Moana Glass is that you get to be creative, learn a new hobby, and make your very own one-of-a-kind Maui souvenir, or Maui gift for a friend back home.

Class options include: Private Lesson for 1 (30min), Private Lesson for 2 (1hr), or Group Lessons that range from 3-7 students (1.5-3 hour sessions).

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See a Show

Seeing a show is the perfect way to spend a rainy day on Maui! In addition to experiencing a Luau, Maui offers a wide variety of stage shows to choose from as well.

For an authentic Hawaiian experience, check out George Kahumoku Jr’s Slack Key Show at the Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui. Make sure to ask about their package deal that includes dinner and a show. For more information, please visit

Voted best live theatre on Maui, Ioa Theatre is a gorgeous historic theater that hosts a variety of performances by Maui on Stage. It’s an awesome spot to see some of Maui’s top talent in a gorgeous setting. To check out their events calendar, please visit

A great place to see a show on Maui’s South Shore is ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. This intimate theatre produces some professional theater productions at affordable prices. Please visit for their events calendar.

You can’t go wrong with a visit to Maui’s Arts & Cultural Center. This top-quality performing arts complex offers a variety of entertainment for the whole family. Performances include Hawaiian cultural programs, dance, live music, theatre productions, and movie screenings. For more information, please visit

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Have a Cocktail & Amazing Meal

When the weather’s less than ideal, sometimes the best thing to do is have a drink and enjoy it anyway!
No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s a poke bowl in a laid-back Paia hangout, top notch sushi dinner in a swanky Wailea resort, Bikini Blonde in a Wailuku dive bar, or Ocean Vodka martini with an ocean view, Maui’s got it all.

Some of our favorite places to enjoy a unique Maui meal and cocktails include:

  • Paia Fish Market – Delicious fish tacos with an ice cold Maui Brewing Co. beer in the heart of Paia (or their new location in Kihei)
  • Mala Ocean Tavern – Ahi Burger, Oyster Shooters, Adult Mac & Cheese and Martinis with a beautiful ocean view
  • Taqueria Cruz – Laid back Maui Mex with live music, Taco Tuesday specials and BYOB!

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Book a Spa Treatment

You know how spas often have trickling water fountains or soundtracks of whale noises, the ocean, and falling rain? Well, none of that is really necessary on Maui. Simply open the window and you’re likely to hear just about the same thing.

Without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable and relaxing things you can do when it’s raining on Maui is treating yourself to a spa day at one of the island’s best facilities. While you can’t throw a coconut without hitting a spa, especially in popular areas of South & West Maui, we recommend the following treatments:

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Go See a Movie

While you probably didn’t picture spending your afternoon in a dark movie theater in paradise, sometimes it’s one of the best ways to pass the time, and likely, one of the best ways to wait for the rain to end while being simultaneously entertained.

Grab some popcorn and head to the island’s only three movie theaters, located in Kahului and Lahaina, including:

  • Regal Megaplex at the Maui Mall – Kahului, Maui
  • Maui Cinema at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center – Kahului, Maui
  • Regal Wharf Cinema Center – Lahaina, Maui
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Take a Drive

Don’t let rain discourage you from enjoying the many splendors of the Island of Maui. Although rain doesn’t make for the best conditions for a sightseeing drive to all parts of Maui, it is still a great option to research for drier areas of the Valley Isle.

When on Maui, it’s important to know that there are many micro-climates. The Island of Maui is the most topographically diverse island of the Hawaiian archipelago; offering unique landscapes and an abundance of areas to explore. For example, if it’s raining on Maui’s North Shore and East Maui areas during the winter, this is typical, and sometimes a daily occurrence.

First, we suggest that you check the weather, and plan accordingly. If it’s raining on Maui’s North Shore and East Maui areas, it would not be a good day to drive the Road to Hana. But, good news! It is most likely a fantastic day to take a drive through South Maui areas, West Maui, and the backroad that connects West Maui to Central Maui areas.

Sightseeing and taking a drive around Maui does not have to be an all day activity. Choose an area that you’d like to explore, and pick a few key locations to visit. Plan where you’ll eat, see if there’s historical sights, cultural activities and a dry beach to relax at. Maximize on your Maui holiday, and get creative!

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Island Art Party

If your inner artist wants to come out and play, Island Art Party is right up your alley! With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, get ready to paint your rainy day blues away with this fantastically fun class. The instructor will guide you step-by-step, making sure you’re having fun along the way. At the end of this rainy day, you’ll walk away with a masterpiece and a few great memories!


Play in the Rain

Even if it is raining on Maui during your vacation in paradise, there’s no need to be bummed out. Being that you’re visiting a tropical destination, weather is always up to Mother Nature’s ultimate decision. The good news is that, rain on Maui doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cold! Stay positive, and get out and have some fun. Depending on the amount of rain, you can still enjoy your vacation in Hawaii.

Head to your hotel or resort pool, and enjoy a relaxing dip. Create a romantic scenario with your loved one, and have that Hollywood moment of hot tubbing under the showering skies. Or, head to the closest beach and search for shells if the downpour is not too rough. Even with the rain, many activity companies will still be operating, so check out a Maui farm tour, or head on a walking tour of Maui’s many historical sites. If you haven’t had a chance to stock up on Maui souvenirs, a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to shop for gifts for you, your family and friends.

Remember, just because it’s raining where you are doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s raining on all parts of Maui. Get out there and explore!

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