"Ohana" is the Hawaiian word for family, and Maui personifies that spirit with a multitude of family-friendly activities: miles of beach for kids who like to run in the sand, collect seashells, or snorkel; submarines, glass-bottom boats, and helicopters for the more adventurous; and plenty of opportunities to learn about volcanoes and native culture.
Maui's peak tourist season runs from December to September, with summers being popular for families on vacation. If you want to see whales or go surfing, winter is the best time to visit. The low season (October and November) is especially pleasant, with smaller crowds at the beaches and shops, lower costs, and moderate weather.
Spectacular sunshine and mostly mild temperatures make Maui a year-round destination. Sea-level locations have high temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees during the coolest months of December and January that often rise above 90 degrees in August and September. Hawaii's weather is greatly affected by the prevailing trade winds, which produce a nearly constant high pressure system. The trade winds abate during the winter (December through March), leading to more rain. Get more weather info.
Maui has two major airports. Kahului Airport (OGG) handles major airlines and is the only airport on Maui that has direct flights to and from the mainland. Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM) is served by Aloha Airlines and Pacific Wings Airlines. The East Maui town of Hana also has a small airstrip, served by charter flights and commuter planes from Honolulu.
Unless you want to spend all your time at your resort, a rental car is recommended. Rental cars are available at the Kahului and Kapalua airports. Maui does have modest public transportation, with bus service seven days a week between airports and major cities and towns. Make sure to check the bus schedules.
Festivals and events abound throughout the year. Dates vary each year, so check the Maui Visitors' Bureau Calendar of Events.
A Go Maui card offers admission to many attractions, activities and tours.