Upcountry has a very dynamic environment of grasslands, alpine cloud forests and a massive shield volcano. A varied population of artists, gardeners, ranchers, out- door enthusiasts, families and retirees live , play and work in this heavenly region.
Makawao and Pukalani Town centers and Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua are scattered across the slopes of magnificent Mt. Haleakala. The entrance to Haleakala National Park is a 45 minute drive from Makawao.
Makawao town and surrounding regions of Kula, Ulupalukua and Keokea are rich in ranching history and culture. Pukalani has a town center with bi coastal views, shopping, medical services, banks and community pools. Upcountry area offers options for education with three high schools, and a few elementary campuses and a middle school.
Upcountry Maui is comprised of the districts of Hailiimaile, Makawao, Olinda, Kula, Pukalani and Keokea all populating the slopes of Mount Haleakala.
Within the Upcounty area, a variety of weather pattern prevail. The Eucalyptus and Pine forests of Olinda are cooled by misty elevations.
Makawao is small vibrant town with Paniolo beginnings. Being surrounded by ranches, the Cowboy culture is alive and well in this colorful rodeo town. From famous cream puffs to delicious sushi , Makawao has something for everyone. Makawao is my home base and such a friendly and mellow town.
The cane camp area of Hali'imaile is a neighborhood of small lots and older plantation homes. The Hali'imaile General Store once serviced the camp and was converted to an upscale restaurant in the 1980's.
Pukalani, meaning "Hole in the Heavens" is across the Highway anchored by long time local grocery, the Pukalani Superette, store that has been serving Upcountry families for several generations. With a shopping center and golf course, and community center pool, Pukalani neighborhoods are an interesting mix of family homes and golf course townhouses.
Kula District has the most beautiful views bi-coastal on the island. The higher altitudes and cool weather and less wind are attractive to many who like their flannel shirts and a short drive up to the top of magnificent Haleakala at 10,000 feet above sea level.