The town of Makawao, where cowboys are called “Paniolos”, retains the rustic charm of the old Western days. Portuguesehomesteaders who originally settled this area maintained cattle ranches on the upland pastures of Makawao and nearby Olinda. Cattle and horses are still a large part of the Upcountry community and the surrounding area. The heritage is celebrated with an annual July 4th parade, and the state’s largest rodeo. Makawao supports year around equestrian activities, both English and Western. Maui Polo Club has celebrated over a century of Polo on Maui.

The Paniolos heritage is also evident in downtown Makawao. Storefronts that represent a combination of plantation and old west architecture contain clothing boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and western wear shops. The Rodeo General Store and the historic Komoda’s Bakery, locally known for their cream puffs, are mainstays of Makawao.

Makawao and the surrounding small communities of Olinda and Haliimaile enjoy a pleasant climate, with consistent trade winds, and an annual rainfall of approximately 70 inches. At elevations between 1000 to 4000 feet, these areas share great views of Maui’s North Shore, and the West Maui Mountains. The weather here is drier than neighboring Haiku, but not as dry as Pukalani and Kula. Makawao’s location provides access to the jobs and commerce of Central Maui, and is home to two of Maui’s finest private schools, Montessori and Seabury Hall. Makawao Real Estate offers a diverse combination of modest plantation style homes, and estate properties.  Contact Us if you are interested in Makawao, Olinda or Haliimaile real estate.

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