Makawao | Pukalani

From its lush green scenery and charming small-town atmosphere to its great restaurants and shops, Makawao and Pukalani both have something for everyone.



Makawao Town and Pukalani are historic neighborhoods located in the upcountry of Maui. These charming towns have a rich history and plenty of character that makes them some of the most desirable places to live on Maui. From its lush green scenery and charming small-town atmosphere to its great restaurants and shops, Makawao and Pukalani both have something for everyone. If you're thinking about moving to Makawao, Pukalani, or are just curious to learn more about this amazing place, keep reading! In this neighborhood guide, we will explore everything that Makawao and Pukalani have to offer their residents.


Currently, median home prices in Makawao/Pukalani is $1,200,000. The average price per square foot is $690. Makawao has a population of 7,989. There are approximately 34 homes on the market in Makawao/Pukalani at the time of writing this blog. The average number of days on the market for a home is 68 days, however, in the current hot market, a lot of homes are selling within a matter of weeks. The median rent price in Makawao/Pukalani is $2,250. With its old-world western charm, ranch-style buildings, high elevation, great climate, charming boutiques, and affordability, Makawao is a great place to consider when looking for a home on Maui.


Makawao and Pukalani's histories are synonymous with one another as they are closely tied together through rich history. Makawao was once a thriving paniolo (cowboy) town, and you can still see evidence of this today. The Makawao Rodeo, which takes place every July, is a great example of the town's cowboy culture. In addition to its cowboy roots, Makawao is also home to a number of historic buildings. The most notable of these is the Haleakala Ranch House, which was built in 1854 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. These events also can be seen back in the earlier 1800s when ranchers and workers would perform jobs in Makawao and live in Pukalani.
The towns have now been gentrified with delicious restaurants, bars, food trucks, boutiques, and smaller local businesses. You can easily explore Makawao town for hours while taking in the charming Paniolo (cowboy) charm. Being in close proximity to Kula, and Kahului makes this town the perfect in-between for those who love the colder mountain climates but also love being 20 minutes from the city.


  • Makawao Forest Reserve
  • Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center
  • Rainbow County Park
  • Waihou Spring Trail
  • Makawao Park Eddie Tam Center
  • Pukalani State Park
  • Upcountry Farmer's Market
  • Seabury Hall Events


  • The Mercantile
  • Pink By Nature
  • Designing Wahine
  • Makawao Courtyard
  • Collections
  • Hurricane Limited
  • Holiday & Co Maui
  • Dragons Den Herb Shop
  • Rodeo General Store
  • Komoda Store and Bakery
  • Pukalani Terrace Center
  • Pukalani Superette
  • Foodland
  • Longs Drugs


  • Casanova Italian Restaurant
  • Hali'imaile General Store
  • Polli's Mexican Restaurant
  • Kojima's Sushi and Japanese Cuisine
  • Pizza Fresh
  • Stopwatch Sportsbar & Grill
  • Serpico's Restaurant
  • Wei Wei Bar-B-Q Restaurant
  • Pukalani Food Trucks
  • Marlow


  • Lumeria Maui Retreat Center
  • Hale Hookipa Inn Makawao
  • Peace of Maui Bed and Breakfast
  • Aloha Cottage


  • Seabury Hall
  • King Kekaulike High School
  • Carden Academy of Maui
  • Montessori School of Maui
  • Kamehameha School
  • Haleakala Waldorf High School
  • Makawao Elementary
  • Pukalani Elementary School
  • Kalama Intermediate School
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