Looking to take some time away from the resort and beach life? Visit Makawao town, located in beautiful Upcountry, Maui. Known as the historical cowboy town in Maui, Makawao is a wonderful, quaint little town full of art and history. Located just up Kula highway, not far from the Kahului Airport, Makawao is nestled on the slopes of the Haleakala Mountain. It is surrounded by multigenerational farms and ranches and also offers refreshing cool air with outstanding views of green lush pastures year-round.
Not only is Makawao a charming home town to the locals, it’s also a popular tourist destination, giving visitors a whole new perspective of our island. Try the best mouth watering baked goods and pastries at T Komoda Store & Bakery. Be sure to get there early as they usually sell out before the afternoon and once it’s gone, it’s gone for the day. The Market Fresh Bistro also makes a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, serving all local and fresh ingredients. Relax in the European style atmosphere and enjoy a culinary experience by Chef Justin Pardo paired with David Magenhaim’s specialty wine list.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet romantic get away at the Lumeria Maui Retreat, a day of stunning art at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, glass blowing at Makai Glass Creations or tours at the Hali’imaile Distilling Company and Tasting Room, you are sure to enjoy a full day in Maui Upcountry.
If you’re visiting in the middle of the month, make sure to attend Makawao’s Town Party, held every 3rd Friday of the month. Join the town party where local businesses, artists and vendors open their doors for locals and tourist. It’s a block party, so you are free to safely roam the festive streets and enjoy live music and delicious food.
With only a few months away, we are looking forward to the 60th Annual Makawao Rodeo at Oskie Rice Arena on July 2-5, 2015 and this year’s 4th of July Parade where music and fun fill the streets of Makawao. Cowboys from all over the world travel to participate in various rodeo events. If you happen to be visiting our lovely island home during the beginning of July, come and enjoy this country event and partake in this historic tradition.