Makawao translated in Hawaiian (depending
on who translates) is 'Eye of the Dawn' or 'Forest
Beginning', both are equally appropriate. Just below the
town are rolling Pineapple and Sugar-Cane Fields, and
just above are the rolling pastures and Forests on the
Slopes of Haleakala.
Last century this area was settled by Portuguese
immigrants, who then raised cattle on the slopes above.
Makawao is a Cowboy (Paniolo) Town, with false store
fronts looking a little like Dodge City. There is a
diverse assortment of Restaurants,
gift shops, antique shops, and of course the grain and
Follow Route 36 (Hana Hwy.) to Paia and turn right on
Baldwin Ave. This is a scenic drive into Makawao. or Head
up Route 37 (Haleakala Hwy.) and branch off to Route 365
in Pukalani follow into Makawao.