If you live or are staying on the south or west side, or even hugging the shoreline in Paia, take a break from the heat and head upcountry to Makawao. Baldwin Avenue is a beautiful drive with vistas of the West Maui mountains and on a clear day, Molokai. At approximately 1600 feet, Makawao’s air feels cool and crisp, a touch of autumn in the middle of our endless summers. Stroll through town and peruse its many shops. Looking for cowboy boots, a new swimsuit or a Chinese medicinal herb? Makawao’s got them. Just for giggles, keep an eye out for the cow in boots, or count how many leaning cowboys you can spot.
Lunchtime? Order a sandwich from Casanova’s deli, or sit down in the shady courtyard of Market Fresh Bistro where food is consistently prepared using fresh, local ingredients. If I’m there in the mornings (or really, anytime), it is hard for me to pass by Komoda’s Bakery without stopping in for a guava malasada, a sugar- coated Portuguese doughnut filled with guava jelly. (Closed for seasonal repairs, they reopen Tuesday, October 6th.) So head Upcountry for a bit; you’ll leave feeling sated in more ways than one.