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Makawao Town
Maui, Hawaii

Makawao is the center of the Maui Upcountry art scene. Upcountry Maui has always drawn artists from all over the world and even from other parts of Maui to paint, sculpt, or make their ceramics. Many decide it is the place they want to live and do their art. The result is a proliferation of art wherever you turn. Viewpoints Gallery, at the Courtyard in Makawao, is the most respected Upcountry gallery. Recently, Makawao was chosen as one of the top 25 arts destinations in America by readers of AmericanStyle magazine. So you can hardly visit Viewpoints without also wanting to discover the other arts and art activities which you will encounter surrounding Makawao. Even if you weren't drawn by the art, you would have your breath taken away by the unsurpassed vistas that catch you by surprise at many turns.

Just north of Makawao on Baldwin Avenue is the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, where you can learn about local art, history, take classes and meet visiting artists. It is housed in Kaluanui, a beautiful mansion built by the Baldwin family, The Hui offers classes, workshops and studio time in pottery, painting, printmaking, sculpture and jewelry making. They also have ongoing exhibits, cultural programs on topics such as ancient Hawaiian art forms and estate tours. Next door to Viewpoints, you can watch glassblowing by the artists of Hot Island Glass. Throughout Makawao, you will find galleries and gift shops which can fill your day.

Baldwin Avenue at 'downtown' Makawao is home to many charming and unique stores and boutiques.

Makawao's general store and trading post...Rodeo General Store has just about anything you might need in Makawao.

Makawao is a town that still remembers the days of the paniolos. You wouldn't even be surprised to find a hitching rail somewhere amongst the small shops and stores. The Rodeo Store has been selling groceries for as long as anyone can remember and every 4th of July there is a parade and world championship rodeo. Paniolo is an Hawaiian word stemming from Espaniol because of the Portugese cowboys that came to Hawaii to herd the grazing cattle on the large ranches, many of which surround Makawao. Some of the best horseback-riding can be found on these ranches.

In the Hawaiian language, Makawao means "the edge of the forest" or "beginning forest." The town sits on the side of Haleakala, a 10,000 ft. dormant volcano, surrounded by majestic eucalyptus trees. If you make the trek to see the sunrise atop Haleakala, you can breakfast at one of the many eateries in the town or wait for Viewpoints to open at 10 a.m. while sipping coffee in The Courtyard. Or, you could make the stop while on your way to visit the Tedeschi Vineyards and Winery in Ulupalakua to taste Maui's Plantation Red. The winery was established 24 years ago on an historic site, originally the home of plantation grower L.L. Tolbert and then Captain James Makee who frequently entertained the Hawaiian Royal family and other visiting heads at their residence.

Pastoral Upcountry Maui is home to many of Viewpoints' artists. The scenic vistas and peaceful, country lifestyle provide inspiration and solice.

However you get to Makawao, you will certainly enjoy your journey as well as the interesting little village.

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