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What to Wear on Maui: Everything You Need to Know

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First-time travelers to the Valley Isle are often perplexed by what to wear on Maui. Sunny beaches, wet rainforests, and afternoon trade winds mean different weather on different parts of the island. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of must-have clothing items for your trip. Whether you’re planning an outdoor adventure or a romantic date night, we’ve got you covered! Read on for some helpful tips and tricks. Then, use our complimentary Vacation Guide to help you map out your vacation itinerary!

What to Wear on Maui

Hiking, Sightseeing, & Exploring

When it comes to outdoor recreation on Maui, think comfortable and casual. Our island’s warm weather calls for shorts, T-shirts, hats, and sunglasses. It’s a good idea to bring pieces that are versatile so you can mix and match your outfits. (For example, a T-shirt can double as a beach cover-up). This will save you tons of space in your suitcase!

Comfortable footwear is also a must. Sandals or flip-flops are the best shoes for the beach, but you should bring socks and sneakers for hiking. Additionally, we recommend wearing a bathing suit under your clothes. Maui’s hiking trails often lead to hidden pools and spectacular waterfalls – especially along the Road to Hana. Feel free to take a couple of beach towels from the inn so you can dry off after your swim.

At the Top of Haleakala

No trip to Maui is complete without visiting Haleakala Volcano. The name of this massive shield volcano means “House of the Sun”, and its spectacular sunrises draw hundreds of visitors every morning. Because Haleakala’s summit is 10,000 feet above sea level, bundling up is essential. We recommend dressing in layers and bringing sweatpants, a sweatshirt, and a blanket to cuddle up with.

Out to Eat

From five-star restaurants to roadside food trucks, there are so many delicious dining options on Maui. Dreaming of a memorable meal by the water? Pack a pair of jeans and a long-sleeve sweater for those occasional windy nights. Oceanfront Hotels and restaurants also require that women put a cover-up over a swimsuit. Men will need to wear a shirt.


For a more laidback dining experience in Paia, Wailuku, or another small town, focus on attire that keeps you cool. In fact, many local women prefer loose, waist-free sundresses to shorts or pants because dresses allow more air to circulate. As long as it’s easy, anything goes!

Additional Clothing Items

We’ve all heard the phrase: “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” And, it’s true! Here are a few extra things you may want to pack if you have room in your luggage.

  • Rain jacket (for those pop-up storms)
  • Athletic apparel (for hiking, biking, yoga, and other activities)
  • Hawaiian shirt (a must for men!)
  • Sarong (an easy women’s cover-up)
  • Rashguard (for surfing)

Wondering what else you’ll need to bring to Hawaii? Consult our handy Packing List.

Book Your Vacation With The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

Now that you know what to wear on Maui, it’s time to start planning your trip! Our inn has everything you need for a fabulous getaway, including comfortable accommodations and top-notch amenities. Each room comes with a bath and beach towels, Aveda personal care products, complimentary WiFi, a coffee maker, a hairdryer, and an ironing board. We even provide a delicious homemade breakfast each morning!

Check our availability and book your Hawaiian vacation today! We look forward to hosting you.

The Old Wailuku Inn

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    Maui, Hawaii 96793