With generations-old family stores, tin roofs, wooden storefronts, and hitching posts from days gone by, Makawao town in Maui, Hawaii, epitomizes charm. Where Makawao Avenue and Baldwin Avenue meet on the slopes of Haleakala is where you’ll find this quaint community. It is home to roughly seven thousand residents and a delightful rustic atmosphere. The town’s roots date back to 1838 when the Hawaiian cowboy, Paniolo, arrived to train Hawaiians how to manage wild cattle. Through the years, immigrants and workers from China, Korea, and Japan opened stores here, then in the 1940s roughly thirty-four thousand marines from the 4th Division camped closeby and invigorated the town’s economy. When the servicemen left, some storefronts closed but in the 1980s it experienced a second period of growth.
Today Makawao is an eclectic mix of natural beauty, cosmopolitan touches, and fabulous real estate. The businesses in Makawao include fine Italian restaurants, cafes, and fine art galleries. As a matter of fact, the community has earned the nickname “Sedona of Maui” because of the number of jewelers, wood sculptors, glassblowers, and painters here. Shoppers will also be delighted to find a multitude of locally crafted products such as spice rubs, mustards, soaps, and Hawaiian quilts available here. In addition to that, there are many upscale boutiques in Makawao as well as charming eateries. One such establishment is the Komoda Store and Bakery which opened in 1916 and continues to be a hotspot for those seeking doughnuts on a stick, macadamia nut cookies, coconut pies, and its infamous coco puffs. Additional dining options include Polli’s Mexican Restaurant and Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli.
Adding to the appeal of Makawao are the many exciting annual events hosted here, including Friday Town Parties, held the third Friday of every month, the Seabury Craft Festival, Obon Dance and Festival, Makawao Rodeo, and the Upcountry Ag Festival. All of these spectacular features make Makawao real estate hard to resist. Homes for sale in Makawao include some of the most desirable properties in Upcountry Maui. You can find Makawao properties both big and small, modest and luxurious. The diversity of real estate in Makawao also means you’ll find homes of varying ages and architectural styles. Because of this wide variety of housing options in Makawao, listing prices fall across a relatively broad range. If you would like to learn more about available properties in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, please let us help you and contact us today.
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