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Upcountry Maui – Quick Summary

Last updated 29. Sep, 2009 by .

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General Geographic Area: Upcountry Maui

General Geographic Area: Upcountry Maui

In a nutshell: “Upcountry” is a term which describes not only a way of life, but much of the area on the Haleakala side of Maui away from the shoreline. The largest towns Upcountry are Pukalani, Makawao, Kula and Haiku. Although Upcountry is mostly rural, agricultural and residential, Upcountry Maui also offers quite a bit for visitors too.
Minuses: No beaches, and far less tourism oriented.
Sound-bite: “Excuse me ma’am, how do I get back to the down-country?”

“Upcountry” is as much a lifestyle as …

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Haleakala Crater (Haleakala National Park Summit Area)

Last updated 16. Feb, 2012 by .

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Standing at the Haleakala summit is like standing on Mars.

Standing at the Haleakala summit is like standing on Mars.

Rating: ★★★★★

In a nutshell: Haleakala Crater is the most popular attraction in Upcountry Maui. Stunning sunrises, panoramic out-of-this-world landscapes, birds-eye views of the Maui central valley, and flora and fauna that exist nowhere else in the world.
Minuses: The air is thin, and hiking here is not for the less fit.
Sound-bite: “Oh my Lord, it is cold up here!”

DETAILS:
Haleakala National Park covers the summit area of the larger of the two volcanic mountains that make up Maui. …

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Keokea through Ulupalakua

Last updated 30. Mar, 2014 by .

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Tedeschi Winery tasting room

Tedeschi Winery tasting room

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A hearty breakfast or lunch, then off for scenic vistas, and wine tasting.
Minuses: The road in Ulupalakua is unforgiving if you become over-enthusiastic during the wine tasting!
Sound-bite: “They should call this ‘Paniolo soul food’, brah!”

This is a good side-trip to take after a Haleakala Crater sunrise trip, or during a planned Upcountry exploration day. If you take the back side of Haleakala to return from Hana, you will pass through starting in Ulupalakua. However I suggest that visitors …

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The Back Side of Haleakala (Kipahulu to Ulupalakua)

Last updated 29. Mar, 2014 by .

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Much of the road is a lumpy, bumpy patchwork asphalt strip less than two cars wide.

Much of the road is a lumpy, bumpy, narrow patchwork of asphalt laid down over years, one shovel at a time.

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: If you like the road less traveled, continuing on past Hana around Haleakala is an adventure worth taking. In about the same amount of time as it would take you to go back the way you came, you can see a side of Maui most are persuaded to miss.
Minuses: The road becomes rough for portions and rental car companies say “you’re on your own.”

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Pu’u Maneoneo Petroglyphs & Village Ruins

Last updated 13. Dec, 2012 by .

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Rock wall ruins in the Kaupo Village

Rock wall ruins in the Kaupo Village

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: An extensive and well-preserved rock art site that rivals the best rock art sites of the other islands.
Minuses: This a remote place on Maui that requires some off-trail hiking in dense forest. The amount of kiawe trees in the area virtually assures that you’ll draw blood at some point.
Sound-bite: “How often do these trees fall down?”

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The discovery was made by a reader without completely accurate GPS or map information. Ruins are plentiful …

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Makawao Town

Last updated 04. Jun, 2009 by .

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K Matsui Store building.

K Matsui Store building.

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: Makawao is a soulful little eclectic town, with more diversity in shops than you can count space for shops. Oh, and the best bakery in the state (and probably beyond.)
Minuses: Parking is tough, except at the non-central municipal lot.
Sound-bite: “Crossroads of Upcountry Maui.”

DETAILS:
Makawao is a old, Upcountry, Paniolo town. A Paniolo is a Hawaiian Cowboy. While most visitors had no idea there was such a thing as a Hawaiian Cowboy, they’ve actually been around these-here-parts since the 1800′s. …

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The House of the Sun in 1907

Last updated 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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I was reading an old guidebook I dug up from a box in the attic this morning and I came across a chapter Jack London wrote about Haleakala ~1907. I was struck by how much of what he described a century ago remains accurate today.

The story takes the reader alongside as he ascends through the leeward side of Haleakala to the summit, through the crater and back down to Kaupo. From Kaupo, the story continues tracing back along the East Maui ditch system, along a similar route as The …

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FLASH FLOOD WARNING

Last updated 23. Feb, 2013 by .

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Posted on: February 23, 2013
Flood Notification 01 – FLOOD ADVISORY

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the Island of MAUI in effect until 9:45 p.m. This advisory may need to be extended beyond 9:45 p.m. if heavy rain persists.

EFFECTS: At 6:30 p.m. radar showed an area of moderate to heavy showers approaching the windward coast of Maui from Paia to Keanne to Hana to Kaupo. This area of showers was moving west at 20 mph.

Other locations in the advisory include but …

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