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When you visit Makawao, you might be surprised by the Western-style façades, steakhouses and signage with cowboy fonts. You have entered paniolo country. “Paniolo” is a Hawaiian name for a cowboy. Many paniolos are found in what is known here as Upcountry Maui. Come understand this piece of Hawaiian culture and experience Makawao’s artistic features.
Pass the beautiful volcanic formation of Mount Haleakala as you drive into Makawao. The area’s grassy knolls and dramatic ocean views rival any others in Hawaii. Look for cattle with paniolos wrangling them into new grazing sites.
Beyond its paniolo heritage, Makawao is known in Maui as a haven for artists. Stop at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, where local glassblowers, sculptors and painters exhibit works showcasing the unique beauty of the region. The charming, villa-style grounds of the museum are also wonderful for a warm afternoon walk. For another moment in an even more tranquil space, meander through the serene labyrinths of The Sacred Garden of Maliko.
For a taste of authentic local food you can get only in Makawao, buy a doughnut or pastry from Komoda Store & Bakery. Many tourists familiar with Maui will make a detour just to taste these rich treats once again. Arrive early for the best selection. Save room for delicious food from the pizzerias, bars, grills and traditional Hawaiian restaurants in the area.
Drive 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Kahului to reach Makawao. Once you’re here, public parking is free and all attractions are walking distance from each other. Many people make Makawao a daytrip. Several upscale hotels and a few inns are here to accommodate your overnight stays. Wake up early to experience a sunrise as it graces the eastern Maui horizon.
Accommodation in Makawao
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Located in the heart of Makawao, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lower Paia Park, Hookipa Beach Park, and H.A. Baldwin Beach State Park. Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lower Paia Park, Hookipa Beach Park, and H.A. Baldwin Beach State Park. Waikane Falls and Kuau Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Makawao, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Waikane Falls and H.A. Baldwin Beach State Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lower Paia Park, Hookipa Beach Park, and H.A. Baldwin Beach State Park. Waikane Falls and Kuau Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in a rural location, this property is within 12 mi (20 km) of Waikane Falls, Hookipa Beach Park, and Lower Paia Park. H.A. Baldwin Beach State Park and Kuau Bay Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Across from Kaahumanu Center, the hotel is within 3 miles of the airport, downtown Kahului, and Wailuku, and within 7 miles of Kihei beaches. The hotel is also near the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Tikis dot the lawn of this Maui hotel, right on the harbor in Kahului, Hawaii, 2 miles from Kahana Beach Park, and 5 miles from Iao Valley State Park. Kahului Airport is less than 2.5 miles away.
Set amid waterfall gardens and a meandering canyon of pools, this grand island resort is within a mile of championship golf, a tennis center, and upscale shops; Kihei Town is three miles away.