The Upcountry area of Maui is home to the charming paniolo (cowboy) town of Makawao (“edge of the forest” or “beginning forest). You could walk the entire township in under an hour, however the art galleries, history museum and selection of fine shopping boutiques could keep you busy all day.
You can also learn about and experience the paniolo lifestyle by taking our Upcountry Maui Ranch Adventure. The unique, exciting experiential tour includes luxury transportation provided by Platinum Tours of Maui, a private guided horseback ride, a gourmet picnic lunch catered by the Hali’imaile General Store.
Makawao is also known for food! The Hali’imaile General Store is Chef Bev Gannon’s restaurant featuring eclectic American food with Asian overtones – the essence of modern Hawaii food. Founded in 1988, “The Store” has been a Maui destination for both visitors and locals that appreciate fresh local ingredients and island-inspired menus. Sip Me features organic coffee, juice, hot cacao, special blended health elixirs and treats. Market Fresh Bistro is a farm to table eatery serving a spectacular breakfast and lunch selection. Casanova’s Italian Restaurant is a long-standing staple for dinner and historical venue for musical talent.
There are many other activities in the area. Makawao was once named one of the top 25 arts communities in the United States. From Makai Glass, and Hot Island Glass, to Makawao Fine Art, and Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center to the Maui Hands Maui Art Galleries, there is a wealth of options to explore in Makawao’s arts culture. Take a hiking, camping or night-time astronomy tour. Visit the Rainbow Acres Succulent and Cactus Farm, or take a few holes at the Pukalani Golf Club. Rest, relax, meditate or walk a labyrinth at the Sacred Garden of Maliko.