Upcountry, Maui

Explore Kula & Hali‘imaile

Come and explore! Leave the beaches behind and experience the magical side of Maui...

Upcountry Maui is an experience that engages all the senses.

The air is cool and crisp. The intoxicating scent of eucalyptus makes you feel dreamy. Rich green pasturelands edged by jacaranda and eucalyptus trees replace the pineapple and sugar cane fields below. Heavenly rays of light dance high above the ocean and the roads are lined with purple jacaranda flowers that swirl to the earth like freshly fallen snow. Clouds race across the mountain before hiding themselves in the steep valleys of Haleakalā. You’re in Upcountry Maui. A place where the diffused light of day and the golden sunlight of afternoon give the mountain an other-worldly quality. Upcountry Maui truly is another world.

Far from the bustle of the beach, cattle ranchers, flower farmers, coffee growers, artists, and entrepreneurs make up a large part of the inhabitants here. While paniolos are busy rounding up cattle, fine art, the latest fashions and cappuccino are being sold, and state-of-the-art pure vodka is being distilled just down the street.

Although a trip to Haleakalā Crater is probably on the agenda for today, there are a few things you need to do while you’re here…

Hali‘imaile Distilling Company

Master distiller Mark Nigbur’s goal with Pau Maui Vodka was to create an ultra-premium vodka that had no equal. Handcrafted in small batches by Hali‘imaile Distilling Company, Pau Maui Vodka is the essence of purity and cleanliness. Every ingredient comes from the Islands and Mark carefully monitors every step along the way—resulting in some of the purest vodka you will ever taste. Pau Maui Vodka is distilled from Hawaiian pineapples—yet there is no hint of pineapple flavor in the finished product. Once distilled, it’s then mixed with crystal clear Hawaiian spring water. Delicious with your favorite mixer or simply on the rocks with a twist of lime! Check their website for information on new products and future tour plans—www.haliimailedistilling.com

Maui Polo Club

Some of the local folks upcountry like to spend their leisure time on horseback. Polo has been a part of Maui’s heritage for over 100 years, and is played on two fields. Indoor polo is played in the open-air wall-enclosed Manduke Baldwin Arena, and outdoor polo is played at the Oskie Rice Arena. With it’s fast paced, hard hitting and furious stop-turning action, it’s a great sport to watch! The Maui Polo Club meets almost every Sunday and invites visitors and kama‘aina to watch, ride or play with them. Go to MauiPoloClub.com for schedules and locations. 

Come and explore! Engage your senses! Leave the beaches behind and experience the other side of Maui! 

Polo has been a part of Maui’s heritage for over 100 years, and is played on two fields. With it’s fast paced, hard hitting and furious stop-turning action, it’s a great sport to watch!

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