Welcome to Makawao
Dubbed Maka Wow on local T-shirts, this attractive town is a mélange of art haven and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture, with a twist of New Age sensibility. A ranching town since the 1800s, its false-front buildings and hitching posts look transported from the Old West. Today the surrounding hills still contain cattle pastures and the weekend rodeo, but also some expensive homes, as these cool and quiet uplands have become a choice residential area. Meanwhile, the town below has filled with attractive galleries and cafes. The main action is at the intersection of Baldwin Ave and Makawao Ave, where you can enjoy a few hours of browsing, a fine meal and a bit of nightlife.