Up at the 3,000 foot elevation level, on the side of Haleakala, commonly known as “upcountry”, we are seeing some cooler temperatures lately.
Normally, upcountry is about 10 degrees cooler than the coastal towns. In the winter however, that gap gets a bit larger. For instance, we had a 45 degree morning the other day. That’s NOT rubber slipper weather!
So, I guess what I’m saying is, if you plan to venture upcountry Maui, dress in layers. Mornings and evenings are the reason for those layers.
There are lots of good things about cool upcountry days. The cool weather puts us in the Holiday Spirit. Those residents with fireplaces get to use them now. That jacket that’s been collecting gekko poop in the back of the closet gets to see sunlight again. Hot oatmeal replaces cold cereal for breakfast. Our cowboy boots get broken in a little more. We can wear the wool socks we bought last winter. We can wear the scarfs we bought at the going out of business sale last summer. And, the dogs are a lot happier lounging in the sunlight rather than panting in the shade.
Our cooler temperatures are nothing compared to the mainland’s below zero, snowy winter days. So, we have nothing to complain about. But sometimes we do complain.
“Just go down to the beach to get warmed up”, you say. Well, the ocean is not it’s normal 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maybe we here on Maui are spoiled with the 70-80 degree weather 365 days a year. But this I know for sure, and probably so does Oprah, Maui is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The warmth and beauty of this place brings us joy on a daily basis.
Simply watch today’s sunset and you know the feeling of gratitude and appreciation we Mauians have for this incredible island.