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Makawao Town:

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 Paniolo stores.

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.