Upcountry Maui Community & Towns
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We love living and working in Upcountry Maui. At an elevation of 1500 up to 3500 feet up on the mountain, the region provides a great climate, spectacular views, and just enough rain to keep things beautiful. In the spring, along the highways, purple-flowered trees called jacarandas spice up the scenery.
Our circle island Hana tours will take a route through upcountry Maui either in the morning or in the afternoon. Visitors in the morning will be treated to quiet country settings and small local businesses. In the afternoon, tour guests will witness an incredible setting sun from high up on the mountain. All the major islands that makeup Maui County can be seen in one view.
Travel along the Haleakala Highway and onto the Kula Highway will take you through a number of small towns, each with itʻs own charm and style. Hana tours will not visit Makawao (as itʻs just a little too out of the way) but most day tours and trips up to the Haleakala National Park summit area should include at least a drive through that unique cowboy town.
This covers a huge area and itʻs one of the most desirable places to live on the island. A perfect mix of weather and views, people have been farming this area for centuries. The whalers and sailors loved the onions, potatoes, rice, and yams that came from Kula.
This small village is anchored by a hospital located just above the highway. It has a great sense of community feel and itʻs little shops, including a cafe, are a local favorite. Itʻs the last stop before the road turns quite winding too!
This ranch located on another “corner” of the mountain has a winery, deli, and multiple churches to provide for the local population. The old winery once housed a king who partied within itʻs walls. Some of Hawaiiʻs traditions were restarted out here that celebrated the culture like hula when it was banned elsewhere.
The paniolo (cowboy) town of Makawao is not some made-up facade like towns around the USA (I am looking at you Sisters, OR). This is a tried and true town with a rich history. Every 4th of July competition takes place at the rodeo grounds just above the main town after a big parade. You will find bbq grills, cafes, restaurants, and stores all with a ranch-style theme throughout the town.
This corner of the mountain seems to get the most sun out of all the communities in Upcountry. It sits at the furthest end of the rain shadow and tends to be the hottest as well. All of the main commercial stores and restaurants are found in this community, including a great local grocery store called Pukalani Superette!
Our circle island Hana tours are the only ones that come through this area of Maui. Traveling either earlier in the morning doing the “reverse” tour or wrapping around this side of the mountain in the late afternoon. Check out the options that will allow you to see some of this area. Book a private tour to see even more.
A helicopter flight over the islands is one of the most memorable experiences you will have. There is so much hidden in the mountains and jungles that you just canʻt experience from the ground. On our complete helicopter tour, you will even land at one of the upcountry Maui ranches, high above Ulupalakua.