Introduction to Makawao, Hawaii

Makawao, Hawaii, in Maui county, is 104 miles E of Honolulu, Hawaii. There are approximately 6,327 people living in the town.

Makawao History

Since the early 19th century, the residents of Makawao have been herding cattle. The hunting industry was born when the number of cattle grew. In 1793, the first cattle was shipped by Captain George Vancouver. Apart from cattle ranching, the settlers of Makawao were also indulged in agriculture. The area is famous for being the center of the 'Up Country', which is a portion of the island dominated by ranch land. It is located in Maui County, which was founded in the year 1905.

Makawao and nearby Attractions

  • Makawao Park
  • Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum
  • Eddie Tam Memorial Center

Things To Do In Makawao

Tourists can visit the Makawao Park for its recreational facilities. One can also spend time at the Eddie Tam Memorial Center. Other interesting places include the Garden of Eden Arboretum and the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. Maui Classical Music Festival can be participated by all music lovers.

Makawao Transportation

Kahului Airport is the nearest airport to the town of Makawao.

Makawao Higher Education

There are several higher education institutes that can be attended from Makawao including the Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Honolulu Community College, and Leeward Community College.


Total Population 6,674
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,198
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 51.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,217
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,457
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,966


Median Family Income $66,154
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 22.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,317
Median House Value $522,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 8.9%

Makawao Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 104 miles E of Honolulu, Hawaii
County Maui
Standard Zip Codes 96768
Phone Area Codes 808
Time Zone Hawaii (-10 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 20.856
Longitude -156.313

Makawao Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KULA BRANCH STN 324.5
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 69 F
Apr Temp 54 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 76 F
Oct Temp 58 to 75 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches
Station KAHULUI AP 398
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 63 to 80 F
Apr Temp 66 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 69 to 87 F
Annual Precip 18.8 inches
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 70 F
Jul Temp 57 to 74 F
Oct Temp 57 to 74 F
Annual Precip 28.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hana 1,158 $53,472
Kahului 27,339 $70,652
Kihei 22,314 $70,954
Paia 2,542 $82,721
Pukalani 8,067 $83,354
Wailuku 16,196 $83,311
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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