Upcountry. The name alone evokes images of the cooler weather, fertile farmland, and a paniolo (cowboy) lifestyle that characterizes this area. It’s a far cry from the beach resort areas that Maui has become famous for, but this majestic landscape is equally enticing—just be sure to pack a sweater.
Comprised of several towns, “Upcountry” describes the handful of regions that climb up the slope of Haleakala Crater, including Haliimaile, Pukalani, Makawao, and Kula. Don’t be fooled by the “Upcountry” moniker that groups these towns—each area offers a unique Maui lifestyle and community.
The former sugar plantation area of Haliimaile is an off-the-beaten path locale lined with quiet streets and smaller homes that retain its rustic feel. Haliimaile manages to feel removed from the rush of life, yet close enough to get around with ease. Situated at a crossroads between Upcountry and the North Shore, you can find yourself at the beach or on the mountain within minutes.
In Hawaiian, Pukalani is translated as “entrance to heaven”—a lofty name that certainly describes this area. Pukalani is relatively bustling compared to other Upcountry towns, and offers creature comforts including the beloved Pukalani Superette, several restaurants, a sprawling community center and park, and the Pukalani Country Club that includes a restaurant and golf course. If you’re looking to purchase real estate in Pukalani, you’ll find options ranging from affordable starter homes to luxury estates offering privacy and seclusion. Bonus: Located at around 1,500 feet elevation, Pukalani real estate options can include incredible panoramic vistas overlooking Maui’s central valley. In addition, golf enthusiasts might consider purchasing a home that borders the Pukalani Country Club’s 18-hole golf course.
Makawao is synonymous with paniolo lifestyle, and cowboys and cowgirls still work the fields and care for the livestock as the generations before them have. The town comes alive when the festive Makawao Rodeo and Parade trots into town, an annual tradition now more than sixty years in the making. Just about every other day, the quaint and character-filled “Makawao town” along Makawao Avenue is lined with shoppers of every kind: art enthusiasts browsing locally made creations at Viewpoints Gallery, fashionistas scooping the latest boho chic styles, and foodies treating their taste buds at Market Fresh Bistro. Of course no visit to Makawao is complete with a stop at perhaps one of Maui’s most famous mom-and-pop landmark, T Komoda Store and Bakery. Indeed, this is a town of contrasts, and the same can be said for the Makawao real estate market. Homes for sale in Makawao include everything from simple single-family houses to luxury estates with breathtaking views.
Just above Makawao town sits the residential area of Olinda, a highly sought-after address that includes large estates dotted with stately plantation-era homes, romantic winding roads lined with fragrant eucalyptus trees, and gorgeous vistas at every turn. The area is also home to one of the most prestigious private schools in the state, Seabury Hall. The million-dollar views in Olinda have the real estate price tags to match, but this Maui gem truly sparkles.
Then there’s Kula, a place that incites dreamy looks and wistful sighs by many Maui residents. This area has long been Maui’s “breadbasket,” producing a variety of fresh produce, including its world-famous onions and strawberries. Nestled along the mountainside at about 3,000 feet elevation, the area sees mostly sunny days and crisp nights that are perfect for cozying up next to a fireplace or under a blanket. Kula homes enjoy some of the finest vistas on the island, including rolling pastureland, multi-island and ocean views, and vibrant sunsets. Pair that with typically larger lots, and homeowners can enjoy the best of Maui within the privacy of their own paradise.
Whether you’re attracted to the paniolo heritage of Makawao, the country lifestyle of Kula, the convenience of Pukalani, or the quiet of Haliimaile, each town offers a slightly different living experience. If you’re curious about purchasing a home in Upcountry, let’s start a conversation. We’re here to help you navigate the Upcountry real estate market to find that perfect match.
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Find homes and land for sale Upcountry Maui. Come upcountry and discover a different side of Maui. On the slopes of Haleakala people make their homes in serene, neighborly communities like Haiku, Kula, Keokea, Makawao, Pukalani, and Ulupalakua. Upcountry is a world away from the bustling beach resorts.
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School Name Distance Type Grades Rating Haleakala Waldorf School 5.72 Private Preschool-8 - Kula Elementary School 4.58 Public Preschool-5 - Makawao Elementary School 0.93 Public Preschool-5 - Montessori School Of Maui 1.82 Private Preschool-8 - Pukalani Elementary School 0.27 Public Preschool-5 - St. Joseph School 0.93 Catholic Preschool-preschool -
School Name Distance Type Grades Rating Haleakala Waldorf School 5.72 Private Preschool-8 - Kula Elementary School 4.58 Public Preschool-5 - Carden Academy Of Maui 1.07 Private K-8 - Makawao Elementary School 0.93 Public Preschool-5 - Montessori School Of Maui 1.82 Private Preschool-8 - Pukalani Elementary School 0.27 Public Preschool-5 -
School Name Distance Type Grades Rating Haleakala Waldorf School 5.72 Private Preschool-8 - Carden Academy Of Maui 1.07 Private K-8 - Clearview Christian Girl School 0.42 Private 6-8 - Montessori School Of Maui 1.82 Private Preschool-8 - Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School 0.2 Public 6-8 - Seabury Hall School 0 Private 6-12 4
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