The fertile volcanic slopes of Haleakala offer a dramatic change in landscape and climate from popular coastlines. Here, in this heavenly and tranquil Upcountry area, you will welcome the cool breezes and outstanding views of Maui. The combination of volcanic soil, cool weather and moisture has given rise to thriving produce, herb and flower farms. In upper Kula, explore an organic lavender farm and indulge in lavender botanicals. Bicyclists will enjoy biking down the volcano, one of the most popular activities on the island. A delightful number of places and quiet towns to visit make this area an all-day outing. At the upper end of Haleakala Highway 37, visit Maui’s only winery, Maui Wine, at Ulupalakua Ranch. Sample wines in the tasting room.
Explore the old paniolo (cowboy) town of Makawao on foot (or on horse) and visit its western storefronts filled with housewares, apparel, jewelry, arts and crafts. Hitching posts line boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Doughnuts-on-a-stick and “heavenly” cream puffs from Komoda Store and Bakery are popular sweet treats.
Nearby, Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center features notable local artists’ exhibitions and offer ongoing workshops to the community. You’ll also find botanical gardens, upcountry golfing at Pukalani Country Club, and Surfing Goat Dairy that produces its own award-winning gourmet goat cheese.
Be sure to stop by Maui Polo Club every Sunday during the spring polo season beginning in April. Make it a day for a picnic with good friends, food and watching Maui’s finest horses and riders in an exciting polo match. Tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are free, mauipoloclub.com.
Baldwin Avenue in Makawao leads to the north shore plantation town of Paia.