Upcountry Maui is a great place to live - Makawao, Pukalani and Kula

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Upcountry Maui is a great place to live - Makawao, Pukalani and Kula

Maui has so much to offer, and so many diverse climates.  The area known as UPCOUNTRY includes the towns of Makawao, Pukalani, and Kula. (I guess parts of Haiku would also be considered upcountry, but Haiku usually gets included as North Shore, along with Paia.)  What they all have is common is that they are on the slopes of our predominant mountain, Haleakala.  The upcountry area rises above the central valley which is more or less at sea level.  The temperatures are cooler and the pace of life is more relaxed up here.

Makawao Ave and Baldwin Ave - Makawao Maui HI 96768

Makawao and Pukalani share a zip code - 96768. Unless of course, you get your mail delivered to a PO Box in Pukalani, and then you have another zip code - 96788.  Don't ask why this is, it just is.  There is a little separation between Makawao and Pukalani, with Haleakala Highway being the main demarcation.  The elevation here is about 1,500 - 1,600 ft, until you climb up above Makawao into Olinda where it gets much higher.

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Kula Highway and the views to the central valley below

Kula has the zip code of 96790.  Don't ask me where Pukalani stops and Kula starts, but in general we consider it to be once you drive past the Kula 200 subdivision on your left, and Kulamalu on your right.  Again, more confusion with the names!  Kula sits a little higher up on the mountain, with more extensive vertical range too, about 1,800 - 3,700 ft.  Some parts of Kula can be very cold, by Hawaiian standards.  Fireplaces and wood stoves are a common addition to most homes in Kula.

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You can really see the climate change drastically when you drive from downtown Makawao all the way to Kula.  Like from 70 inches of rain a year to 25 inches in just 8 miles or so.  If you're trying to decide where to live you can pretty much pick your climate.  As you can imagine, as the location gets rainier, the home prices tend to get lower, in general.

All of the upcountry region is very rural and suitable for farming.  Some of Maui's famous products are grown here, such as Maui onions, Kula strawberries, tuberose, and persimmons.  You might be surprised to know that peaches, apples and almonds grow in Kula, though not on a commercial scale.

Some tourist highlights of upcountry:

old rock wall at Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui

Many large ranches blanket the landscape upcountry, with Haleakala Ranch and Ulupalakua Ranch being a couple of the well known neighbors.  Cattle are the main livestock raised upcountry, and there's also some sheep, goats, and elk.  Wild axis deer are quite widespread up here too.

At the apex of upcountry is the crowning jewel of Haleakala National Park.  If you have never seen this wonder, you should make a point of getting there, because it is truly spectacular.  With an easy drive all the way to the 10,000 ft elevation, it's a great day trip, or an even better overnight trip with some careful planning.

Upcountry Maui is just a great place to live!  Search the Maui MLS for all the great properties for sale.

Let me help you find the right location and property so you can start living in upcountry Maui!

Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

161 Wailea Ike Place C-103B, Wailea HI 96753

127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

This is the Hawaii most tourists will never see. Thanks for uncovering it for those who don't get off the coast!

Aug 20, 2014 04:31 PM #1
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Hi Georgie, your 'tour' sounds lovely, very diverse climate. I am surprised about woodstoves and fireplaces, never considered they would be needed. I continue to learn something new about Hawaii! I think we went to a winery in the upcountry, Tedeschi? Loved the pineapple wine!

Aug 20, 2014 05:22 PM #2
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Very nice information. I always think of Hawaii as beaches and ocean (even though I was there as a very little kid).

Nothing like living in the mountains while being a short drive to the beach.

Aug 21, 2014 04:16 AM #3
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Thanks for reading this long post, and leaving your comments.  Yes, the upcountry area is a great alternative to the beach scene.

Aug 21, 2014 01:18 PM #4
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is indeed living in paradise!

Aug 27, 2014 10:57 PM #5
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Georgie ... love the post, full of some great information on your communities and some great pics. Featured to the group:

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Aug 29, 2014 06:55 AM #6
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Thanks Vegas Bob!

Aug 29, 2014 07:41 AM #7
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Georgie, I would love to live in Hawaii for just a little while! Thanks for sharing a little of it with us!

Sep 02, 2014 06:52 AM #8
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