Makawao is Hawaiian cowboy country—yup, the islands have a longstanding tradition of ranchers and rodeo masters, and this cool, misty upcountry town is its Maui epicenter. Modern-day paniolo come here to fuel up on cream puffs and stick donuts from Komoda Store & Bakery, 3674 Baldwin Ave. (808/572-7261), a 100-year-old family grocery that seems frozen in time. Neighboring shops offer Tibetan jewelry, shabby-chic housewares, and marvelous paintings by local artists. A handful of decent restaurants crowd the intersection of Baldwin and Makawao avenues; take your pick of sushi, Maui cattle ribeye, or pasta.
Five minutes down Baldwin Avenue, the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave. (www.huinoeau.com; 808/572-6560), occupies a two-story, Mediterranean-style stucco home designed in 1917 by C. W. Dickey, one of Hawaii’s most prominent architects. The sprawling 9-acre estate, known as Kaluanui, hosts visiting artists for lectures and classes in basketry, jewelry making, ceramics, painting, and other media, all at reasonable prices. Call for details. The gallery’s rotating exhibits include work by established and emerging artists, and the gift shop features many one-of-a-kind works, including ceramic seconds at a steal. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm.
While in the upcountry Kula region, visit one of the area’s many farms (see “Maui Farms: Stop & Smell the Lavender.”
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