Maui suffers from a relatively even average high temperature entangled around 80 degrees Fahrenheit all year, with average lows sticking to 60 degrees. This makes Maui a great place for a vacation any time of year. January, however, like most Northern Hemisphere locations, is the coolest month, and in Maui, January receives the most rain. Rain makes January the month to view waterfalls, visit lava-built caves and watch the Mercedes Golf Championship.
Nestled in Haleakala National Park, Waimoku Falls leaps down a 400-foot brown cliff face dotted with clusters of grasses. The trail starts at the visitors center and snakes two miles into the park. It takes roughly two to four hours to complete the round trip. The path shows evidence of cultivation and cattle. The path crosses a bridge, and hikers may wish to cross a small stream near falls. Mosquitoes thrive in Maui, and insect repellent will make the trip more pleasant. Signs warn of flash floods, slippery rocks and swift currents. It's always a possibility, so use your best judgment when coming up to any of these obstacles.
Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Maui, Hawaii 96768
Hana Lava Cave
January brings a large amount of rain and may also bring the need for an indoor adventure. Inside a lava tube, visitors are safe from rain. The Hana Lava Cave contains several geological features, including stalactites and stalagmites. Each tour takes approximately 40 minutes. In 2009, the attraction cost $11.95 per person, with children younger than 5 free. The tours are self-guided.
Hana Lava Cave
The Professional Golf Association arrives in Maui early in January to hold the Mercedes-Benz Championship. The event is held at the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort. The championship features professional golfers who won a PGA tournament in the previous year. In 2009, the money awarded to the top players was $5.5 million.