There are a million places to stay down by the water. But what about those that want to be truly central to all the action?
Every morning, all around the island, hundreds of people drag themselves out of bed and into the pre-dawn darkness to catch an unforgettable sunrise at Haleakala.
Arriving at the 10,000-foot summit before the sun requires an ultra-early wake-up call and a long drive from the major resort areas. Opting to stay in Upcountry brings you that much closer to Haleakala Crater, saving you hours of driving time and opening the door to explore the entire region. We recommend North Shore Lookout, a chic bed and breakfast designed to capture the essence of Upcountry Maui’s paniolo cowboy culture. Nestled just above Makawao town, North Shore Lookout is located only a 45-minute drive from Haleakala Summit.
Beyond Haleakala, there is an amplitude of things to do Upcountry. Some of Maui’s most exciting activities are based in this region. There are several zip line tours in operation, an abundance of hiking trails, and of course, the famous Haleakala bike tours. Discover Maui’s unique paniolo culture in Makawao town, and if you’re lucky enough to be in town during the Fourth of July, head up the road to Oskie Rice Arena for the famous Makawao Rodeo. For those looking to keep it mellow, unwind at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Explore their stunning grounds, pick up some lavender goodies from their gift shop, and enjoy a tasty lavender scone with lilikoi jelly while taking in the expansive Upcountry views.