Located on the rural northeast slope of Haleakala on East Maui, the Makawao community is known for being the hub of the “Upcountry” and part of the island that’s dominated by mostly agricultural and ranch land.
Makawao is one of the Hawaii’s last “paniolo towns.” The paniolos were the first hawaiian cowboys in the United States. Long before there were cowboys in the old west, paniolos came to Hawaii in the early 1800’s from Mexico to teach the Hawaiians how to herd cattle. If you pass through town on a weekend you may find a rodeo going on at Oski Rice arena. One of Hawaii’s most popular rodeo parade is held in Makawao town every Fourth of July.