NileGuide Expert Says:
Makawao town is the place to spend a day imagining what it would be like to live on Maui.
Part way up the slopes of Haleakala in "upcountry," you will find Makawao, one of the last "Paniolo" towns. Before the cowboys arrived to the old west, paniolos came to Hawai`i from Mexico to herd cattle. Their tradition lives on in the local rodeos, and horses are a common sight on Makawao Ave. (watch for the hitching posts). Maui's biggest parade is held here every July 4th. Behind the wild west facades of its buildings, you will find Makawao's renowned art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Makawao is ideal for touring, shopping and lunch. Makawao is located at about 1,600 feet above sealevel on the slopes of Mount Haleakala, on Maui. It is easy to get there and the drive is beautiful.