Makawao, Maui

Discover Makawao, Maui’s vibrant arts hub with rich paniolo heritage. Enjoy eclectic galleries, historic charm, and the annual rodeo for a unique Hawaiian experience.

Makawao is a Town located in the city of Makawao on Maui, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Makawao, a charming town located on the island of Maui, Hawaii, is known for its vibrant arts scene and rich paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage. Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, this must-see destination offers a unique blend of culture and natural beauty.
  • Highlights: Makawao’s eclectic mix of art galleries, boutiques, and local eateries sets it apart from other towns in Maui. The town’s historic buildings and rustic charm provide visitors with a glimpse into the island’s rich paniolo history.
  • Activities: Visitors can explore the numerous art galleries and studios, indulge in delicious local cuisine, and participate in the annual Makawao Rodeo, a celebration of the town’s paniolo heritage.
  • Information: Makawao is open to visitors year-round with no entrance fees. Most businesses operate from 9 am to 5 pm, though hours may vary. The best time to visit is during the Makawao Rodeo in July, when the town comes alive with festivities and events.
  • History & Significance: Established in the late 1800s, Makawao grew as a thriving center for the island’s paniolo culture. The town’s historic buildings, many of which have been preserved and repurposed, serve as a testament to its rich history and cultural significance.
  • Tips & Insights: To experience the true essence of Makawao, attend the monthly Third Friday Town Party, where local businesses offer special deals, live music, and entertainment. Don’t forget to try the famous cream puffs at T. Komoda Store & Bakery, a local favorite since 1916.

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