What It’s Like to Live in Ha‘ikū

March 30, 2016, 11:51 AM HST · Updated March 30, 11:51 AM
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When in Ha‘ikū, it is common to properties with cattle, horses and goats. Maui Now photo.

Named after a Hawaiian word that means to “speak abruptly” or “sharp speak,” the Ha‘ikū area is an ancient Hawaiian land section; an incorporated land community in Maui.

In Ha‘ikū, residents can find solace in a relaxed community with a rich history of Maui family landowners, farms, ranches and many diverse agricultural properties.

When in Ha‘ikū, it is common to properties with cattle, horses and goats. Most properties are adorned with beautiful fruit and flower trees, and it is very common to see fruit falling by the road when driving in the area.

The bulk of Maui’s best surfboard shapers and creative small businesses are sprinkled throughout this Upcountry area.

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In Ha‘ikū, new buyers have many opportunities to find properties with acreage. They can also find vacant land ready to build, newly built homes, historical estates and a slew of plantation-style homes that are reminiscent of Old Maui.

Once upon a time, Ha‘ikū included two thriving pineapple plantations. Each had their own cannery, which are now known as Ha‘ikū Marketplace and the Pauwela Cannery. Both canneries are now a collective hub for area residents. Each cannery houses restaurants, cafes, hardware stores, grocery stores, video stores, watersport businesses, surfboard shapers, furniture makers, boutiques, food trucks and more.

Schools Near Ha‘ikū & Upcountry

Anuenue Preschool
Aloha Kai Academy Preschool
Ha‘ikū Elementary School (DOE)
Makawao Elementary School (DOE)
Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School (DOE)
Pukalani Elementary School (DOE)
King Kekaulike High School (DOE)
Roots School
Horizon’s Academy
Doris Todd Memorial Christian School
Montessori School of Maui
Carden Academy of Maui
Haleakalā Waldorf School
Seabury Hall

Conveniences & Amenities

Grocery stores
US Post Office
Gas station
Community center
Restaurants, cafes & coffee shops
Boutiques & shopping
Yoga & fitness

Ha‘ikū Highlights

Properties with acreage are still available
Amazing ocean and mountain views
Proximity to North Shore restaurants and shopping
Historical sites
Rich recent cultural history (less than 100 years)
Diverse community

Pluses

Close to North Shore activities
Minutes away from world-class beaches
Beautiful community is residents

Minuses

Certain properties in and near the rain belt may have mold issues
Termites are a common concern

Weather/Climate

Yearly temperature is 55 to 90 degrees, pending season
Average temperature is 70 degrees
Average rainfall is 88 inches per year (most rainfall per year is February & March, approximately 11 inches)
Average of 276 sunny days per year
Tropical/rainforest climate

For more information about Ha‘ikū, go online.

Alexandra Mitchell
Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, luxury vacation rentals and Hawai'i real estate. With her valuable insider's perspective, she exposes readers to unique glimpses of "Old Hawai‘i," new destinations to explore, local events and all the best things to do in Hawai‘i…

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* The opinion of this writer do not necessarily represent the opinions of MauiNow.com

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