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ISLAND OF MAUI

UPCOUNTRY MAUI
DRIVE GUIDE

Quaint Towns, Tropical Gardens,
Hawaii's Oldest Winery, Farms and Ranches


Created by: Alternative-Hawaii.com
  • Approx. 61 miles round-trip from Start of Drive (Kahului at corner of Hwy 380 & 36).
  • Allow at least 4 hours for round-trip from Start of Drive including time spent at "stops".
  • For your safety, please observe Cautionary Notes on drive "stops" below.
  • Set Odometer to Zero between "stops" below.
  • All distances are to the nearest tenth of a mile.
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STOP 1: KULA BOTANICAL GARDENS PHOTOGRAPH
START: KAHULUI AT HWY 380 & 36  
DIST/TIME: 18.5 Miles/Approx. 30 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Mile Marker 8-Hwy 377  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn right off Hwy 380 onto Hwy 36 E & go 2 miles to Jct. Hwy 36 & 37
  • Turn right onto Hwy 37 & continue 7.9 miles to Jct. Hwy 37 & 377
  • Turn left onto Hwy 377 & continue on Hwy 377 to Mile Marker 8
  • Go short way (0.5 mile) beyond Mile Marker 8 to Kula Botanical Gardens (left side)

Stroll through acres of exotic plants. Gift shop.

Note: admission charge. Open daily. Tel. 878-1715. Restrooms. Accommodation





STOP 2: GRANDMA'S COFFEE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: KULA BOTANICAL GARDENS  
DIST/TIME: 3.4 Miles/Approx. 7 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Keokea Park (Left Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn left from Gardens onto Hwy 377 & go short way (0.6 mile) to Hwy 37
  • Turn left onto Hwy 37 & go 2.8 miles to Grandma's Coffee House
Great local coffee house: sandwiches, homemade pastries, grow their own coffee beans.

Note: open daily. Gas. Tel. 878-2140. Art gallery next door. Restrooms at nearby Keokea Park.




STOP 3: ULUPALAKUA RANCH PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: GRANDMA'S COFFEE HOUSE  
DIST/TIME: 5.5 Miles/Approx. 14 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Ranch Store and Offices  
 ROUTE:
  • Keep to right at fork by coffee house and continue to Ulupalakua Ranch Store
Vast cattle and sheep ranch (not open to public).

Note: General store (1856) & gift shop. Open daily. Tel. 878-1202.




STOP 4: TEDESCHI WINERY PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: ULUPALAKUA RANCH  
DIST/TIME: 0.1 Mile/Approx. 1 Min.  
WATCH FOR: Winery (Left Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Continue to winery, just beyond ranch store
Hawaii's oldest winery set in the beautiful playground of former King David Kalakaua, the Merry Monarch. Sample Maui's fine homegrown wines/champagne. Winery tours at certain times during the day.

Note: picnic area, gift shop. Free admission and tasting. Open daily. Tel. 878-1266. Restrooms.




STOP 5: LA PÉROUSE OVERLOOK PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: TEDESCHI WINERY  
DIST/TIME: 1.5 Miles/Approx. 5 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Entrance to Private Rd.(Rt.Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Continue 1.5 miles beyond winery to overlook of La Pérouse Bay at entrance to Private Road (en route, keep to right at fork in road)
Elevation 2,000 feet. Great view of La Pérouse Bay (site of Maui's last lava flow in the 1790's).




STOP 6: RICE MEMORIAL PARK PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: LA PÉROUSE OVERLOOK  
DIST/TIME: 10.3 Miles/Approx. 24 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Jct. Hwy 37 & 377  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn around & return 7.2 miles to Grandma's Coffee House
  • Go another 2.8 miles to Jct. Hwy 37 & 377
  • Immediately past junction, turn right off Hwy 37 onto Lower Kula Road
  • Go to Rice Memorial Park at top of hill
Panoramic view of West Maui. Great picnic spot. Restrooms.




STOP 7: HOLY GHOST CHURCH PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: RICE MEMORIAL PARK  
DIST/TIME: 1.7 Miles/Approx. 5 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Church Steeple (Left Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Continue on Lower Kula Road to the church, a short way (0.5 mile) beyond Shell Station
Beautiful church in upcountry Kula. Built in 1894 with the help of Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii. Nicknamed the "Wedding Cake" church because of its unusual octagonal design. Magnificent, recently restored interior.

Note: closed evenings. Restrooms.

 

STOP 8: ENCHANTING FLORAL GARDENS PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: HOLY GHOST CHURCH  
DIST/TIME: 2.2 Miles/Approx. 5 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Sign-Entrance (Right Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Continue short distance (0.4 mile) to the end of Lower Kula Road at Hwy 37
  • Turn right onto Hwy 37 and go 1.8 miles to the Enchanting Floral Gardens of Kula (right side)

Walk through exotic flowers and plants. Gift shop.

Note: admission charge. Open daily. Tel. 878-2531. Restrooms.

 

STOP 9: MAKAWAO TOWN PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: ENCHANTING FLORAL GARDENS  
DIST/TIME: 4.9 Miles/Approx.10 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Jct. Hwy 37 & 365  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn right from Gardens onto Hwy 37 & go 3.1 miles to Jct. Hwy 37 & 365
  • Turn right onto Hwy 365 (Makawao Avenue)
  • Go 1.8 miles to Jct. Hwy 365 & 390 in Makawao

Maui's paniolo (cowboy) town. Art galleries, shops and restaurants in an Old West setting.

Note: Restrooms. Accommodations

 

STOP 10: HUI NOEAU CENTER PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: MAKAWAO AT HWY 365 & 390  
DIST/TIME: 1.4 Miles/Approx. 3 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Sign-Hui NoEau (Right Side)  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn left at Jct. Hwy 365 & 390 onto Hwy 390 (Baldwin Avenue)
  • Go 1.4 miles to Hui NoEau Visual Arts Center
Visual arts center housed on a historical plantation estate. Exciting local artisan exhibits. Art gallery. Gift shop.

Note: free admission. Open daily 10AM-4PM. Tel. 572-6560. Restrooms.

 

STOP 11: PAIA TOWN PHOTOGRAPH
LEAVE: HUI NOEAU CENTER  
DIST/TIME: 5.6 Miles/Approx. 10 Mins.  
WATCH FOR: Next Town  
 ROUTE:
  • Turn right from Hui NoEau onto Hwy 390 & continue 5.6 miles to Paia

Windsurfing capital of the world. Colorful old plantation town: restaurants, shops, crafts guild, art galleries, Buddhist temple, sugar mill.



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