Makawao is a small town full of charm in Maui County. Located on the northwest slope of Haleakala, this town is known as the cowboy capital of Upcountry Maui. Whether you’re a rancher, an artist, or a yogi, you can find your place is this eclectic little town. Dog owners included! There are two veterinary clinics located in Makawao, making caring for your pooch in this town a breeze!
This town clearly loves dogs, because they’ve created a gorgeous place for your pup to run and play in off-leash freedom! The Upcountry dog park is the largest in Maui County. It includes 6 foot fences, two separate areas for large and small breeds, and double gated entrances, meaning your precious pooch will be safe at all times. There is drinking water available for dogs and their owners, benches and waste bags. Don’t forget Fido’s favorite toy, and get ready for some pawsitive socialization!
When it’s time for a tasty treat, check out Casanova Makawao. Here you can take in the town’s old school charm while sitting on the dog friendly, street-facing porch. This authentic Italian restaurant offers pasta and pizza worth drooling over!
With all of these dog friendly activities, the town of Makawao is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging.
The Town Center neighborhood of Makawao is a great place for dogs and their two legged friends to visit or live! This area is home to a great urban park and a few dog friendly restaurants. The Makawao Park Eddie Tam Center welcomes leashed dogs to enjoy it’s spacious fields and greenery. In this park, you can find a variety of athletic fields, restrooms, and some fur-tastic walking paths. There are picnic tables and a pavilion as well! When you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Market Fresh Bistro. This restaurant has cozy cottage vibes, and uses ingredients from local farms across the island, and offers several outdoor, dog friendly tables for you and your pup to enjoy.
The Piiholo Rd / Olinda Rd neighborhood in Makawao has some great areas for you and your dog to get some fresh air and exercise. Check out the Waihou Spring Forest Reserve in the southeast end of this neighborhood. This reserve has a 1.4 mile hiking trail that is relaxing and suitable for all fitness levels. The path winds through a dark, enchanting pine forest. For more of a challenge, continue on a trail that goes down into the gulch where you can find some natural springs. Dogs are welcome to enjoy this area too, but make sure that your doggo stays leashed and gets picked up after!
Just a 10 minute drive northwest of Makawao will bring you to the small bohemian town of Paia. This sleepy surf town is full of charm and colorful storefronts, and is conveniently located along the road to Hana. Your dog doesn’t need to be left out from taking in the surf and sand here either! Baldwin Beach Park welcomes leashed dogs. This gorgeous tree lined beach also has sports fields, picnic areas, and restrooms. If you and your pooch can’t take the heat any longer, head over to Paia Gelato. This restaurant allows you and your dog to come in and order, and then take a seat at the outdoor benches. They sometimes feature island flavours like Seamist and Lilikoi Passionfruit.
The town of Kula is just a 40 minute drive southeast of Makawao, and offers some of the most breathtaking an exotic nature in Maui. Through the neighborhood of Keokea, you can access the Haleakala National Park. This park has a 10,023 foot dormant volcano, and endangered species of birds and other animals that exist nowhere else in the world. Because of this, the park has strict rules and your pup is not allowed to explore the trails with you. However, leashed dogs are most welcome in the parking lots and drive up campgrounds. Hosmer Grove is one of these drive up, dog friendly campgrounds. They work on a first come, first serve basis. Amenities include picnic tables, barbeque grills, drinking water and pit toilets.
Hana is a town nestled between tropical forest reserves and the ocean, under two hours away from Makawao. To get to this town, you can take Maui’s famous Road to Hana and enjoy the road trip of a lifetime. Once you arrive, there are plenty of places for your pup to stretch his paws. The Hana Bay Beach Park is at the end of this road, and is easy on the eyes and the paws. This beach welcomes leashed dogs, and has views of the area’s famous black sands. There are also picnic areas and restrooms available. When your stomach is growling, head over to Hana Paradise Farms Stand. They have dog friendly outdoor picnic tables, mouthwatering banana bread and are also located along the Road to Hana.