Makawao Real Estate

By , August 11, 2010

Previously a center of Maui’s cattle industry, Makawao has been dubbed as Maui’s cowboy town or what is called “Paniolo”.  Although the ranching industry has almost disappeared, there are still flocks of cowboys converging on Makawao every July 4 to take part in the famous rodeo activities.

The great downtown of Makawao clearly defines the cowboy legacy of Makawao.  Here, many storefronts were inspired from both Maui Plantation and the Old West architecture.  There are also plenty of fine dining restaurants scattered in this area, as well as exquisite art galleries and souvenir shops.

With an elevation of 1,400 feet, Makawao offers a refreshing climate and spectacular panorama of Maui’s North Shore and the West Maui Mountains as well.  Although the weather here is drier as compared to Haiku (but not as dry as Kula or Pukalani), the place is still able to keep the surrounding countryside lush and fresh.  Because of the nature of Makawao’s location, it is able to offer convenient access to many employment opportunities as well as industries in Central Maui.  You can drive down the Haleakala Hwy to get to Kahului and Wailuku faster.  Diversity is also one of the key features of the Makawao real estate, with models also ranging from starter home to luxurious multi-million dollar estates.  There are also plenty of chraming houses and fixer-uppers being offered to residents of the North Shore and Upcountry who are seeking to own their first home.

When it comes to the Makawao real estate, nothing is complete without including the small neighborhoods of Olinda and Halii Maile.  Located further down Haleakala from Makawao is Halii Maile which is composed of a small community of homes.  There are also adorable small homes here you can find close to a community park and the popular Halii Maile General Store Restaurant.  Situated on the area just above Makawao on Haleakala is Olinda, which is home to Seabury Hall – one of Hawaii’s most distinguished and highly respected private schools.  Olinda’s pine and eucalyptus forests, combined with the rolling pastures give a lot of individuals a reminder of Northern California – a resemblance that is truly uncanny when the clouds surrounding the flanks of Haleakala blanket the area in fog and mist.

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