Makawao, HI

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Makawao

Reflective of Hawaii’s unique rural culture and artistic heritage, this town should be included in any trip to Maui.

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.

Where to stay in Makawao

Lumeria Maui Educational Retreat Center
Lumeria Maui Educational Retreat Center
3.5 out of 5
1813 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI, 96768
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The price is $488 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
Stay at this 3.5-star boutique farm stay in Makawao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (138 reviews)
A retreat from resort life
"Lumeria Maui was a wonderful way to quietly enjoy Maui away from the pre-packaged resort experience. Laying in a hammock, yoga under the trees, or finding time to read in the breezeway were simple ways to enjoy peaceful moments on our vacation. If you are looking for something off the beaten path, ..."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2022

Lumeria Maui Educational Retreat Center
Pookela Paradise 2-Panoramic Ocean Views, Big Yard, Secluded but close to Town.
Pookela Paradise 2-Panoramic Ocean Views, Big Yard, Secluded but close to Town.
Makawao, HI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Makawao. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
First timers
"This was our first time to Hawaii and I'm glad we stayed here. The view was amazing and the house had everything we could possibly need."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Pookela Paradise 2-Panoramic Ocean Views, Big Yard, Secluded but close to Town.
Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Makawao, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Makawao. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Popular attraction Pukalani Country Club is located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Best view we’ve ever had
"Our stay was a superb experience. Everything was fabulous. We would definitely book again."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pookela Paradise 2-Panoramic Ocean Views, Big Yard, Secluded but close to Town.
Pookela Paradise 2-Panoramic Ocean Views, Big Yard, Secluded but close to Town.
Makawao, HI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Makawao. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
First timers
"This was our first time to Hawaii and I'm glad we stayed here. The view was amazing and the house had everything we could possibly need."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Pookela Paradise 2-Panoramic Ocean Views, Big Yard, Secluded but close to Town.
Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Makawao, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Makawao. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Popular attraction Pukalani Country Club is located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Best view we’ve ever had
"Our stay was a superb experience. Everything was fabulous. We would definitely book again."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Up Country spacious  Newly remodeled kitchen close to beach, airport, UpCountry
Up Country spacious Newly remodeled kitchen close to beach, airport, UpCountry
Makawao, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Makawao. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Pukalani Country Club and Lower Paia Park are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Clean, safe, home-like and close to Paia
"An amazing experience, with clean comfortable spacious rooms, good location for easy access to the North Shore. Laundry is important to us and they had good dryer/washer combo on the covered porch. Never saw an unwanted bug and had great conversation with the host who gave wonderful time tailored ..."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2022

Up Country spacious Newly remodeled kitchen close to beach, airport, UpCountry
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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