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The Upcountry region of Maui – of which Makawao is a part – hugs the slopes of Haleakala Mountain, where the higher elevations make agriculture an eminently viable industry. Exotic blossoms are cultivated here, along with the famous Maui onion, and cattle ranchers feed their herds on the lush grasses that grow along mountain ridges. The Upcountry is also the location of Maui's Tedeschi vineyards, which supply the island's only commercial winery. Granted, you won't find the heat and beaches of the coast at this height, but exploring terrific towns such as Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, and Olinda will give you a taste of the island that you may not even have expected.