What to See and Do in Makawao
Makawao is a town that Maui tourists love almost as much as Lahaina. It’s on the slope of Haleakala, on the way to Upcountry. To get to Makawao, you have to go first to Kahului (near the airport), then take the Hana Highway to the Haleakala Highway (37), to Makawao Road. You can zoom in on the Maui Map for details.
Makawao is loaded with small local shops and boutiques selling mostly clothes and art, plus some souvenirs. The most famous shop in town is Hot Island Glass, where you can watch glass blowing most days, and buy beautiful glass art. My wife’s favorite store here is Sherri Reeve’s gallery of pastel paintings, clothes, and household accessories. The best variety of artists and types of art and accessories are at Maui Hands. Makawao is Maui’s cowboy town, so there are a couple shops with cowboy gear, and there is even a rodeo every July. Paniolo is the Hawaiian word for cowboy, so you may also hear this called a paniolo town.
Two excellent restaurants in Makawao are Casanova, with very good Italian lunches and dinners, and Makawao Steak House with Maui’s best steaks and plenty of other choices. A very popular bakery for the best sweet treats is T Komoda.
While you are in this part of Maui, it would be a good day to also see the nearby town of Paia.
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Sherri Reeve art gallery:
Makawao Steak House:
Maui Hands art gallery:
Hot Island Glass glassblowing:
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