And it helps to experience all these big days in the first place. Julia and I had traditionally spent a few weeks on Maui in both October and April (and on too many years we never made it here at all). Now those months are known for having a good chance of wind and at least some chance for waves, making it a decent compromise for your "wind" vacation. But it's also possible that you would ride only tiny waves (and we actually had a few trips with no wind - stuff happens). So the wave sailing that we did manage was usually not very big, and that was all I had to go on. This past year we stayed into December and came a bit earlier (in Feb) and this winter (2009/10), as has been mentioned before, has served up more big swells than any recently. So all our "really big" wave days have occurred in just the past few months.
And we've been lucky with the trades as well. We were able to sail 23 days last Nov, 23 this March, and 9/10 so far in April. The reality with wind here on Maui is just about anything can happen any time of year. If you want to guarantee plenty of action on the water, it really helps to visit Maui often and stay longer (or just stay). If you vaca for only a week you can be skunked for wind almost any season - not a real problem as there is so much else to do here. During the summer it's very rare to see more then a week of no wind, but forget about seeing any north swells. OTOH, this past winter there was almost no wind from Dec (when we left) until late Feb (about when we got back, again just lucky). But keep in mind that the surf this winter was off the chart, so if you have learning to surf on your to-do list, then winter time in HI is a must (especially for big surf). I should also mention that from mid April to early June last year there was a long period of mostly no wind - very strange that time of year. Again, there are no guarantees when it comes to weather.
Back to the current weather situation. I can't whine about the lack of big waves. First, the weather is awesome almost all the time here. Check out something we see nearly every day during our commute back and forth from the beach to Makawao.
They don't call it the rainbow state for nothing!
Second, the following video, beside being funny, is a reminder that weather (and life) doesn't always give you what you want, but hope for it anyway! Better yet, make it happen if you can (and see GP's Everything Is Possible story for more on that. And wish him luck with da foot.
So I think this video is from winter in Chicago, or close enough. Dedicating it to all our friends from the windy city and elsewhere who are visiting right now. May you get what you want "well and often"!
The Butterfly Effect is on for next weekend and Julia is in it. Hopefully conditions will be nice for that (moderate wind, not so big waves at Hookipa).
Finally, speaking of Hookipa, there have been enough waves to still get some good action up there. Julia and I are considering getting our windsurf boards wet there some day soon. Also I got another round of nice pictures from the bluff. Stay tuned...