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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Questions & Answers

Los Angeles, California

I hear that the property is tremendously windy all year round and that it is not a "good part of Maui." Is that correct? Are there more windy times during the year? How is the weather there in March and April?

over a year ago Answer

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Seattle
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Hawaii is in the trade wind belt so it is often blowing there, especially on the windward side of the island. However, it's usually not blowing a lot (15-20 mph is common), and there is also often a "land breeze" effect in the morning when the temperature differential between the land and water creates an offshore breeze that holds the trades back for a few hours until the land heats up and the effect goes away. Except when a major storm system is coming through, the wind is certainly not "tremendous" and it's a nice cooling effect on a hot day.

over a year ago
philadelphia
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We were in Kapalua back in May over Memorial Day weekend. Yes, that side of Maui is more prone to ocean winds, but I really didn't mind it all that much. I was there to see the island and all it had to offer, not just lie on the beach and swim. I agree with the previous answer that Wailea is more of a bustling place, but I'll trade that any day for a location that is peaceful and a little out of the way. Kapalua fits that bill. You'll need a rental but you'd want that anyway to get from the airport to the hotel and later to explore the island (especially the road to Hana). I don't think you'll be disappointed at the Ritz unless you just want sand and surf....then I'd consider down island.

over a year ago
Los Angeles
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I stayed there in July and loved it. While it is windy i found it to be much more enjoyable than Wailea. We have been staying in Wailea for the past ten years, and went there on the second half of this latest trip last month. I thought Kapalua was beautiful and relaxing. It depends on what you are looking for. Even in Wailea we had massive winds in the afternoon which would cause the hotels to take down the umbrellas on the beach by 1-2:00 leaving us to get sunburns. They said it is caused by the trade winds which are the reason why Hawaii is so lush and green. If you want activity and lots of people Wailea is a beautiful town with excellent restaurants and shopping. But I loved our time in Kapalua at the Ritz. Beautiful hotel and grounds. Sansei restaurant is a short walk and excellent food. Try the dynamite shrimp. You can always drive to Lahaina for more activity. Hope this helps.

over a year ago
Toronto, Canada
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In my opinion, Kapalua is the nicest part of the island. I actually found Wailea (the other side of the island) to be far more windy. Maui is windy pretty much anywhere you go, but that's part of what makes the weather so perfect. Even in 90 degree heat, the trade winds blow a perfect cool breeze.

over a year ago
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