Upcountry

These picturesque communities are situated at high elevations surrounding the island’s highest peak, Haleakala.

Welcome to Upcountry - Kula | Pukalani | Makawao

Peaceful communities full of beautiful scenery and natural attractions

Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao are peaceful neighborhoods in the Upcountry Maui region of Maui County, Hawaii. These picturesque communities are situated at high elevations surrounding the island’s highest peak, Haleakala. Ample agricultural and ranch land can be found here, along with “paniolo,” meaning cattle-herders or cowboys, who work on Ulupalakua Ranch and the streets of Makawao. Homes are up-to-date and well-maintained, consisting of many lavish estates, and one can often find more acreage in the selection of properties available.

With natural attractions, lively events, and great restaurants, the Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao neighborhoods of Upcountry Maui have a lot to offer. The lush mountain environment is an ideal destination for those who value privacy and tranquility, and the locations grant easy access to commercial areas on the island. As some of the most serene communities in Hawaii, the Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao of Upcountry Maui are magical places to call home.

What to Love

  • Natural beauty and lush outdoor spaces 
  • Peaceful neighborhoods with an agricultural feel
  • Paniolo heritage and lively artistic community 
  • Scenic attractions and unique establishments 
  • Convenient locations with easy access to commercial districts 

Local Lifestyle

Life in the Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao neighborhoods of Upcountry Maui is relaxing and laid-back. The region's gorgeous scenery makes it feel like an oasis, and the quality of life is very high throughout the communities. Makawao stands out as a town of working artists, where anyone can watch painters, wood sculptors, and glassblowers ply their trade. Most residents lead active lifestyles, frequenting the many natural attractions while soaking in the Hawaiian sun.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao neighborhoods of Upcountry Maui have phenomenal establishments in the region for residents and visitors to attend. The culinary scene features various trendy venues and delicious cuisines, often served in chic settings. Locals adore Polli’s Mexican Restaurant for its savory menu items like fish tacos and tasty margaritas. For dinner with a view, many community members enjoy heading to Mama’s Fish House Restaurant, which features a seafood-driven menu of Hawaiian classics in an upscale space with Polynesian decor. Wine connoisseurs love visiting the scenic MauiWine vineyard for its elegant tastings of unique varieties produced on-site. When a sweet tooth is calling, Komoda Store and Bakery, a staple in the community for over 100 years, offers delectable treats like donuts on a stick, cream puffs, and other pastries (lines can be long in the morning, so arrive early for the freshest goods).

As far as shopping goes, Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao residents have great choices in the Upcountry Maui region. Trendy boutiques like The Mercantile, Driftwood, Pink by Nature, and Fleur de Lei, can be found throughout the communities. There are supermarkets and pharmacies throughout the neighborhoods for grocery and convenience items. Locals love fresh produce and artisan goods at the Upcountry Farmers Market. There are also farms around the region for fruits and vegetables, such as Kula Country Farms, which offers a fun strawberry U-pick experience. Gourmet items can also be found at specialty stores like Maui Upcountry Jams and Jellies.

Things to Do

There is always an exciting activity to enjoy for residents and visitors in the Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao neighborhoods of Upcountry Maui. Nature lovers adore the abundance of park spaces available throughout the communities, providing perfect settings to spend time outdoors.

There are many scenic hikes in Upcountry Maui and fantastic places to explore, like the Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area in the Kula Forest Reserve. Trekking to the Haleakala Crater is an unforgettable experience with awe-inspiring views. The Kula Botanical Gardens is full of colorful plants, quaint waterfalls, rock formations, a koi pond, and more. The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm provides unique experiences and sells handcrafted products. The neighborhoods also have festive seasonal events, like the Makawao Rodeo, a longstanding paniolo competition that’s a blast for people of all ages to attend.

Schools

Residents of the Kula, Pukalani, and Makawao neighborhoods in Upcountry Maui have a blend of public and private schools. Students attend public schools operated by the Hawaii State Department of Education, which offers small class sizes and top-notch equipment to encourage academic excellence. Educational options include:

 
 

Sub-Neighborhoods


Overview for Upcountry, HI

18,497 people live in Upcountry, where the median age is 43.9 and the average individual income is $43,129. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

18,497

Total Population

43.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$43,129

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Upcountry, HI

Upcountry has 6,303 households, with an average household size of 2.88. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Upcountry do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 18,497 people call Upcountry home. The population density is 427.35 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

18,497

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

43.9

Median Age

49.17 / 50.83%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
6,303

Total Households

2.88

Average Household Size

$43,129

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

Marital Status

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Single
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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Upcountry, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Upcountry. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Carden Academy Of Maui
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montessori School Of Maui
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Makawao Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Pukalani Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
King Kekaulike High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Kamehameha Schools Maui
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available

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