A Few Places to Visit in Upcountry Maui

By , June 30, 2011

Upcountry Maui is situated near to Haleakala. In the upcountry of Maui, there are many places where you can visit including Kula, Haleakala National Park, Makawao, and Pala. Kula is situated in the eastern side of Maui. In the native language, Kula refers to open meadows. The district is located at about three thousand feet above the sea. Most houses are located on lands that are elevated over one thousand feet above the sea level. In Kula, there are many farms that grow agricultural products such as cabbages, potatoes and etc. At the Kula Highway, there is an octagon shaped Catholic Church called Holy Ghost Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was built during the 1800s.


Haleakala National Park covers the land from Kipahulu coastline to the volcano summit. Most of the areas in the park are rainforest. The park has a 27 miles trailed. The weather in Haleakela Park can change rapidly. Normally, hikers are exposed to intense heat from the sunlight during the daytime. The average temperature is about 40 – 65. If you want to hike at the park, be sure to bring enough food and water. The Kipahulua area features many waterfalls and green vegetation. If you want too view the Milky Way, you can go to the summit of the Haleakala. The park is open for 24 hours a day so you can visit at anytime you like. You can participate in guided hike at least twice per week. If you need help in exploring the park, you can visit the Visitor Center. If you plan to hike to the summit area, you have to spend the whole day hiking. If you just want to take a short walk, you can hike for half day to the waterfalls and upper part of the pool. You can take a trip to the Haleakala Wilderness if you want to go camping. It is up to you to drive or hike to the camping area. With so many beautiful landscapes at Haleakala Park, you should bring your camera along.


Makawao is a rustic town located at approximately 1600 feet above the sea level. It used to be a place where the paniolo cowboy stays. The paniolo’s cowboys existed before the cowboys in the west. They came to the Hawaii from Mexico to teach the local people how to raise cattle. While in town, you can watch the cowboy rodeo show. Many buildings in Makawao have the paniolo architecture styles.  You can easily reach Makawao by a vehicle. While at the town, you can park your car at the street. Most shops are located within walking distance from the parking lot at the Makawao Avenue.

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