The winds picked up in Wailuku, and gray clouds and rain spread over parts of the island as Hurricane Iselle approached Thursday.
Residents spent the day preparing for the storm's arrival.
The Home Depot in Kahului was packed as residents purchased supplies for last-minute preparations.
Plywood was in high demand and many people were buying it to board up windows of their homes.
Officials said they expect winds of up to 60 mph. Those gusts could get even stronger in wind-prone places like Ulupalakua, Wailuku and Ukumehame.
In Kihei, a few people were out shoring up some other homes, putting in sand barriers to try to stop potential floodwaters from running inside.
Some businesses also taped up their windows in preparation for Iselle, as well.
The closer the storm gets, the more attention it's getting from residents.
"Usually, it goes either north or south of us," Wailuku resident Jay Kalua said. "Everyone always says, 'Don't worry about it. It never hits Maui,' but this time ... it's getting a little too close for comfort, so everybody is gearing up."
"If we have electricity, we'll just be kind of kicking back and waiting to see what happens. If we don't have electricity, we'll be doing that, too, just in the dark,"
Haiku resident Ian Chan Hodges said.
Maui County officials encouraged anyone who has yet to prepare for this storm to do it now while there's still some time left. They don't want anyone on the roads past 9 p.m. because of safety reasons.