When most people imagine Maui, they picture pristine, white-sand beaches, tropical gardens and picturesque waterfalls. But miles up the slopes of Haleakala, there is a different view of Hawaii.
Since the late 1800s, the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys, have wrangled cattle in Upcountry Maui from Makawao town to Ulupalakua. Today, Upcountry Maui is still home to several working cattle ranches, many of which have been upgraded with luxurious modern amenities. Here are some of our favorites:
Piiholo Ranch - 325 Waiahiwi Road, Makawao, Hawaii 96768
Nestled on the lush slopes of Haleakala just outside of the historic Makawao town, Piiholo Ranch is one of the busiest operating cattle ranches on Maui. With more than 800 acres of sprawling pastures, woodlands and rainforests, the property offers its guests an array of outdoor activities from trail riding to zip-lining.
Remote cabins are scattered throughout the estate, along with a 1,700 sq. ft. manager's residence, 4,400 sq. ft. barn and equestrian facilities. The property provides a view into Old Hawaii with hundreds of native shrubs and flowers, indigenous trees and an endangered Nene goose nursery.
Erehwon Ranch - Kekaulike Avenue Kula, Hawaii 96790
For decades, this expansive Upcountry cattle ranch has been known as Erehwon — “nowhere,” spelled backwards. Back in the early 20th century, the named seemed to fit — Maui was just a speck in the vast Pacific ocean, days away from the U.S. mainland or Asia.
But today, Maui is one of the most sought after paradises in the globe. Minutes from the Manduke Baldwin Polo Arena and historic Makawao town, Erehwon Ranch soars from 4,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, just below the observatory at the top of Haleakala.
With more than a century long history of Maui cattle ranching, this 3,200-acre property is in the heart of paniolo country. A historic Tudor-style home is settled in the midst of rolling pastureland with multi-island views from Moloka’i to Kaho’olawe.
This charming Upcountry property offers 310 acres of lush Maui pastureland, stunning ocean views and countless building sites for a picturesque ranch estate. With groves of trees and dozens of acres for trail access, this property offers the perfect opportunity equestrian activities, biking and farming. Guests can access the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Polipoli State Park and other breathtaking Upcountry attractions within a short drive of the ranch.
Kalialinui Ranch - 0 Kula Hwy, Kula, Hawaii 96790
Several trails meander through this 464-acre Kula ranch, ideal for horseback riding or mountain biking. Kalialinui Ranch offers numerous building sites for a private ranch home with sweeping ocean views from Maui’s north shore to the resort areas of Wailea and Makena.
Rising from 1,300 to 2,100 feet elevation, this serene and property is only minutes away from schools and shopping in Pukalani, Makawao and Kula. Located in the center of Upcountry Maui, this ranch property is close to numerous hiking trails, the Kula Botanical Gardens as well as charming restaurants and coffee shops.
Kula Koa Ranch - 13352 Haleakala Highway, Kula, Hawaii 96790
Neighboring the prestigious Kula 200 neighborhood, Kula Koa Ranch is a secluded, tranquil escape with many unique features including a private well and photo voltaic system. Residents can live sustainably and comfortably on this idyllic Maui ranch estate.
Acres of rolling hills offer a plethora of opportunities for trail systems, pasture and farm lands. A luxury cottage, free-standing garage and agricultural workshop are already situated on the property, with infrastructure in place for the main home on one of Maui’s most private and beautiful estates.