For a small Pacific island, Maui is incredibly diverse in every way. In fact, Maui has 17 sub-climate zones ranging from tropical forests to desert. You can watch the sunrise from atop 10,000-foot Haleakala Crater, then journey through bamboo forests on your way to watch the sunset set from a beautiful sandy beach. Each community on Maui has its own unique flavor and flare most are self-contained with a variety of services and activities to offer all its residents. Though the island is small, there is definitely a place for everyone to feel at home. It won’t take long to understand why residents say “Maui No Ka Oi” (Maui is the Best). Here is a spotlight of the communities for Upcountry & North Shore.
Average temperature: 75-85, yearly rainfall 12-18”, Elevation: Sea level to 100 feet, Population: 3,254. Paia is a quaint little beach town, known as Maui’s Historical Plantation Town and host to a diverse group of residents and visitors. Choice of living here can be a cute little plantation home or a fabulous Ocean front Home. Also, home to Maui’s Country Club, skate park & youth center, choice of several congregations, small boutiques, surf shops, restaurants with a “healthy” focus, arts & craft stores and the worlds best “Health food store“. Also Known for renowned surfing spots and World Class windsurfing, describe to some as the “windsurfing capital of the world“.
Average temp:70-80, yearly rainfall 120”, Elevation: 512 feet, Population: 9,944. Haiku is a rural community that became a busy cannery town that stretches from upcountry to the ocean. The Pineapple canneries have now been renovated into market places with surf shops, restaurants and art & yoga studios. Most of the properties are zoned “agricultural” , with thick vegetated forests, banana trees, bamboo, guava, palms and avocados is home to many people who like the quiet and tropical abundance of this region. The range of housing can be from a small charming plantation home to a spectacular oceanfront, gated community. Also, known for having the world’s Largest wave known as Peahi or “Jaws”. You can also enjoy hiking to and swimming in one of the many waterfalls.
Average Temp: 70, yearly rainfall: 58”, Elevation: 1200 to 4000 feet, Population: 6,327. Makawao is an old “paniolo” town with the rustic charm of the old western days. Most famous for it’s 4th of July parade and Largest Rodeo in the State. Enjoy the mild climate, beautiful green, rolling pastures and the outstanding blue ocean views on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala. The refurbished old town buildings house, beautifully decorated boutiques, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Makawao is also a center for the practice of alternative medicines. Makawao has many well known schools including one of Hawaii’s most exclusive private schools, Seabury Hall. Residents enjoy a semi-rural way of life.
Average temp: 75, Yearly rainfall: 22”, Elevation: 1300 feet, Population: 7,560. Pukalani , which means “Hole in the Heavens”, is sunny almost all the time. Pukalani offers beautiful expansive views of the entire Central Valley and the West Maui Mountains. Upcountry residents focus around the Pukalani Terrace Center, which includes a large supermarket, hardware store, post office, take out , and 3 banks. Pukalani also has a upcountry pool, community center, playing fields, and a 18-hole Golf Course. Homes consisted of an eclectic mix from charming plantation to golf course estates.
Average temp: 65-75, Yearly rainfall: 34” Elevation:1,000-4,000 Population: 7,315. This rural community Kula lives up to it’s name which means “open country” with spectacular views from almost every vantage point and is a combination of agricultural, rural and residential. There are only a few charming old country stores, shops and restaurants. Kula is the host to higher elevations of Mt. Haleakala where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities. Some of the richest soil lies here with an abundance of local farms growing a variety of crops, and a working ranch providing island beef. Homes here vary just as much as the farms.
The Upcountry and North Shore areas are sodiverse in many ways, and so are the real estate values. Understanding these differences affect all decisions made in real estate. Whether you're buying or selling allow me to help in your Upcountry or North Shore real estate journey.
Joy Steadman R(S)