Located on the rural northeast slope of Haleakala on East Maui, the Makawao community is known for being the hub of the “Upcountry”, a part of the island dominated by mostly agricultural and ranch land.
Makawao is one of the Hawaii’s last “paniolo towns”. The paniolos were the first 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. One of Hawaii’s most popular is held here each July 4.