Weather on Maui in August
Strong winds and plenty of sunshine are the norm for weather in August on Maui. Highs average in the mid-80’s, while water temperatures are a warm 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Trade winds blow consistently throughout August, oftentimes averaging between 10-20 miles per hour. Winds, however, usually don’t pick up until late morning, so plan beach and water activities accordingly. Summer is also the time for waves along Maui’s south and southwest coastlines, while north shores are flat. Be sure to exercise caution at popular South Shore beaches, particularly Big Beach, when the waves are up!
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August’s Top Picks of Things to Do
SNUBA – a cross between snorkeling and SCUBA Diving – puts you face-to-face with Maui’s colorful marine life without needing SCUBA certification. If you’re a comfortable swimmer, SNUBA allows you to explore beyond the depths of snorkeling. Stay at the surface or go as deep as 20 feet by breathing through a simple regulator. SNUBA is fun for the whole family and let’s you experience Maui’s coral reefs like you’ve never seen! Pride of Maui offers SNUBA and snorkeling options.
Maui is known throughout Hawaii for its beautiful beaches. And with over 50 miles of sandy coastline, it’s still possible to find your own, private beach haven (talk about romantic!). Po’olenalena in South Maui is a wide expanse of sand that rarely gets crowded, particularly in the morning. Baldwin Beach Park on Maui’s North Shore is a popular weekend spot, but is so big that you’ll never worry about sitting on top of other beach goers. Sugar Beach stretches from Ma’alaea to Kihei and is a beautiful spot for an early morning walk. Don’t forget the picnic lunch and a bottle of reef safe sunscreen!
It’s the ocean like you’ve never seen! Kids and adults alike will delight in the unique chance to explore Maui’s underwater world at Maui Ocean Center. Choose from a variety of family-friendly day pass options or opt for a behind-the-scenes tour or native plant walk. For those who are SCUBA certified, you may event opt for a shark dive to get up and personal with up to six species of sharks that live in Hawaii’s ecosystem. Check availability and purchase tickets online or by calling (808) 270-7075.
Recipe of the Month
Thai Basil Lemonade
Kick back and relax in the thick of summer with a refreshing Thai Basil Lemonade (recipe courtesy of Star Noodle).
- ½ Ounce Sake
- ½ Ounce Shochu
- 5 Thai Basil Leaves
- ¼ Ounce Lemon Juice
- ¼ Ounce Simple Syrup
- Soda to fill
- In glass with ice, muddle Thai basil leaves.
- Add lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Add sake and shochu.
- Top with soda and ice.
- Serve garnished with a lemon wedge.
August Special Events
Maui Calls in Celebration of Hula
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018,6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater
Cost: Varies, Fundraising Event
A signature event to benefit the MACC’s education and cultural programs. Enjoy Hawaiian music, food, drinks, and dancing.
Youth Art Exhibit at Hui No’eau
Date: August 10th – 24th
Time: 9am – 4pm Daily
Location: Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
Opening Reception: August 10, 4-6pm
Highlights: Spend a family day exploring Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s Youth Art Exhibition 2018. This unique exhibition showcases the work of 250+ youth participating in the Hui’s summer arts programming. Visit event website >
Hawaiian Music Concert Series
Date: Thursday, August 30th
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Baldwin Home Museum Lawn (Lahaina)
Highlights: FREE outdoor concert series featuring local musicians! Sit back and unwind after a day spent exploring Lahaina Town. Beach towels and lawn chairs are welcome. Visit event webpage >
Arts & Cultural Events
Henry Kapono & Friends
Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM, Gates ar 4:00 PM
Location: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Tickets: $40 Adult General Admission, $15 kids 2-12Adult General Admission; VIP Options also available. Complete Event Details Here
Henry Kapono and a star-studded line up of Hawaii’s most popular entertainers will come together with an evening of music, laughter, and stories as they share the hit songs and celebrate the soundtrack of Hawai‘i.
Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival
Date: August 10 – 12th
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Lahaina Banyan Tree
Highlights: Enjoy this festive day of hula, honoring the late Emma Farden Sharp. “Aunty Emma” was a renowned and much-respected kumu hula of Lahaina. Hosted outdoors under the Lahaina Banyan Tree, the event features hula performances by top kumu hula and hula workshops.
Details on the event’s Facebook Page.
Date(s): Month of August
Highlights: Maui’s Buddhist temples come alive with color, dance, and music during annual Obon Festivals, which celebrate and pay respect to one’s ancestors. These uniquely Japanese cultural events are open to the public and include traditional obon dances (bon odori), taiko drumming, and ceremonies.
Date: Friday, August 3rd & 4th
Time: Service 6:45 PM Dance 8:00 PM
Location: Wailuku Hongwanji Mission/1828 Vineyard St.
Date: Saturday, August 10th – 11th
Time: Service 6:00 PM Dance 7:30 PM
Location: Lahaina Hongwanji Mission/551 Waineʻe St.
Date: Saturday, August 17th – 18th
Time: Service TBD
Location: Pāʻia Rinzai Zen Mission/120 Alawai Rd.
Date: Saturday, August 25th
Time: Service 6:30 PM Dance 7:30 PM
Location: Kula Shofukuji Mission/53 Upper Kula Rd.
Ongoing Events In August
|Event||When||Where||Why You Should Go|
|Maui Friday Town Parties||Every Friday 6pm-9pm||Aug. 3 Wailuku|
Aug. 10 Lahaina
Aug. 17 Makawao
Aug. 27 Kihei
Aug. 31 Lanai
|FREE Family-friendly community block parties with live music, food, and fun|
|Maui Made Festival||First Sunday of every month 10am-5pm||Queen Kaahumanu Center, Kahului||Local vendors showcase their Hawaii wares and crafts. Includes live music.|
|Friday Night is Art Night||Every Friday|
|Lahaina||Gallery shows, artists demonstrations, music, food|
Volunteer Events in August
|Event||When||Where||Why You Should Go|
|Monthly Beach Cleanup (Surfrider Foundation Maui)||3rd Saturday of the month|
9 AM – Noon
|Kahului Boat Ramp||Community beach and coastal cleanup|
|Weekly Environmental Volunteer Days (Hawaiian Islands Land Trust)||1st Saturday of the month|
9 AM – Noon
|Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge|
Wailuku, HI 96793
|Habitat restoration of native coastal wetlands|
|Malama Honokowai Restoration (Maui Cultural Lands)||Every Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM||Meet at the Pu’ukoli’i “Sugar Cane Train” Station Lahaina||Restoration and maintenance of historic Honokowai Valley|
|O‘o Farm Volunteer Days||Every Wednesday 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM||O’o Farm 651 Waipoli Rd, Kula||Support sustainable farming practices|
|Community Garden Work Day||Every Wednesday 9 AM – 11:30 AM||The Maui Farm 100 Ike Drive, Makawao||Learn sustainable farm practices and work in the garden|
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