This little upcountry town is sure to be the most charming small town you’ll experience on Maui. Don’t be surprised to see people walking around town with cowboy boots on, or even riding horses. This is Paniolo country after all.
Makawao is located at the intersection of Makawao Avenue and Baldwin Avenue on the Northwest side of Haleakalā. The Nearest town to Makawao is Pukalani. About 6 miles down Baldwin from Makawao is the small town of Paia.
Depending on what time and how you arrive in Makawao, parking could be a challenge, so if you arrive by bicycle you’re in luck! There’s even a historic hitching post that reminds us that horses used to line these streets back in the day.
If you just rode down the Haleakalā on a bike, this is the first town you come to. If you arrive in the morning you might be ready for a hot cup of coffee or even breakfast. Here’s a short list of places to get food and tasty Makawao goodness.
Cassanova Italian Restaurant and Deli Express
Casanova has a little “deli express” that’s open most mornings. The lunch and dinner part of the restaurant opens midday. You might find nightly entertainment here as well.
Makawao Rodeo General Store
The Makawao General Store is also open early and offers coffee and more.
SipMe Coffee Shop
One of my favorite places is SipMe Coffee Shop. It’s open all week and has fresh coffee, locally sourced treats and Wifi.
Polly’s Mexican Restaurant
If you’re ready for lunch or dinner, this is the place to get affordable Mexican food made with an upcountry flair.
T Komoda Store and Bakery
Hours vary so check the day before to be sure it’s open when you’re in town. Komodas is well know locally because it’s been around forever (since 1916, really). The fresh baked goodies are amazing, especially the donuts on a stick!
Makawao Sushi and Deli
This is a small family-run purveyor of hand-made sushi and much more. Everybody in Hawaii has two jobs, and this sushi-deli combination definitely has a small town feel!
Makawao Steak House
No doubt about it this is a dinner steak house. You will always have the answer to “where’s the beef” after eating here.
History and More
Makawao has history. Best place to find out more is at the Makawao History Museum right in town. Walking around Makawao you’ll be immersed in a sense of history. Everywhere you look there are hints a how things used to be. In the meantime, here’s an article we wrote about Makawao that shares some of the history and more – https://mauisunriders.com/exploring-makawao-town/
Websites to find out more information about Makawao and the surrounding area
Walking around Makawao – https://www.mauihawaii.org/makawao-tour/
5 Reasons to Love Upcountry Maui – http://www.amauiblog.com/visit-upcountry-maui/
In the event you’re heading down the hill for lunch, we’ve written an article that will give you insight into what you’ll find in Paia – https://mauisunriders.com/lunch-in-paia/