Upcountry Maui Guidebook


Upcountry Maui is located far up on the slope of Haleakala on Maui. This region is not very well known to most of Maui’s visitors. When people think of Maui, they normally think about tropical beaches like the ones in West or South Maui. Upcountry Maui is the birthplace of Paniolos (Hawaiian Cowboys). They thrived on the rolling hills and wide open fields of Upcountry Maui. The communities here are found on the slopes of the Haleakala Mountain. The elevation makes the weather here cooler than the lower lying areas of the island. It also gives many upcountry properties excellent bicoastal views of the North and South Shores of Maui.


“Some of the properties of Upcountry Maui have some of the most amazing views that can be found anywhere on the island.”

– Jeremy Stice, Realtor (B)


Learn About Upcountry Maui

Here you will find all the information you need to get an idea of what Upcountry Maui is all about. We have information on Restaurants in Upcountry Maui, Things to Do in Upcountry Maui, Beaches in Upcountry Maui, all of the Places To Stay In Pukalani and of course, because you probably won’t want to go home once you visit, we have all the information you need about purchasing a home in Upcountry Maui too!


Upcountry Maui Real Estate

The properties comprising the Upcountry Maui Real Estate market are some of the most sought-after on the island of Maui. There are multiple reasons why this is so. One of the reasons is the weather. Since Upcountry Maui is located on the slopes of Haleakala at an elevation of 1000-4000 feet, this makes the weather here cooler than most of the other regions of Maui. Privacy is also a benefit when living in Upcountry. Since there are no huge crowds of tourists and the parcel size is generally larger than what you will find in other regions of the island.

Upcountry Maui Beaches

One of the downsides of living in Upcountry Maui is that there are no beaches here. This is because this region is located high on the slopes of Haleakala. The closest thing that you can get to a beach here is the excellent views of the North and South shores of Maui. If you really want to spend some time at the beach, you can drive for a few minutes and head to the North Shore. There are great beaches there. If you are looking for a place for extreme watersports, Hookipa Beach is a spot you should visit. There are also beaches on the north shore that are great for a leisurely stroll and swimming.

Upcountry Maui Restaurants

Upcountry Maui is known for wide-open fields and farms that grow different types of crops. Many of the restaurants here are a prime example of farm to table establishments. Since the region of Upcountry Maui is where most of the local produce is grown, the restaurants here get the first pick out of the harvest. This enables them to make dishes that are tasty, healthy and made from the freshest of ingredients. Although the selection of dining establishments is limited, the restaurants here are sure to satiate your hunger.

Upcountry Maui Hotels

Upcountry Maui is a laid back and relaxed region. The region is made up of mostly agricultural and residential areas. This means that there no big hotels here. The closest thing you can get are B&Bs and inns. Most of the establishments in Upcountry Maui are eclectic shops, boutiques, and small mom and pop shops. The places to stay in Upcountry Maui capitalize on the cool weather and excellent views of the North and South Shore of Maui.

Things to do in Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui may seem like a sleepy part of Maui but it actually has a lot of activities that visitors can enjoy. Being located on the slopes of Haleakala, Upcountry Maui has access to one of the most popular and unique activities on Maui. This is the Haleakala Downhill Bike Ride. This activity has 2 variations. There’s the sunrise tour and the daytime tour. The sunrise one starts as early as 2 AM. Guests are picked up at their hotels and brought to the top of Haleakala just in time to see the sunrise. They are then brought to the entrance of the park and they can then bike down the long and winding road going down Haleakala back towards the coast. The daytime tour is similar to the sunrise one. They only differ in the start time. There are also horseback riding tours, zip lines, and hiking trips that you can partake in when visiting Upcountry Maui.

Upcountry Maui Golf

If you are staying in Upcountry Maui and are looking for a place to play golf, your options are pretty limited. The region of Upcountry Maui only has one golf course. The Pukalani Country Club is the only golf course you will find Upcountry. The golf course is perfectly situated in Pukalani since the weather is dryer than the neighboring regions. On many days rain can still impede your game but it is not such a big problem since it is not extremely consistent. The factor that affects your game the most is the wind. Since it normally only gets windy in the afternoons, you will need to make sure every shot counts. Rains are more frequent during the winter months.

Upcountry Maui Vacation Rentals

Upcountry Maui Vacation Rentals

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