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The west-facing upper slope of Haleakala is considered "Upcountry" by locals and is a hidden gem by most accounts. While this region is responsible for most of Maui's produce—lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, sweet Maui onions, and more—it is also home to innovators, renegades, artists, and some of Maui’s most interesting communities. It may not be the Maui of postcards, but some say
this is the real Maui and is well worth at least a day or two of exploring.Upcountry is also fertile ranch land; cowboys still work the fields of the historic 20,000-acre Ulupalakua Ranch and the 32,000-acre Haleakala Ranch. Take an agricultural tour and learn more about the island's bounty. Lavender and wine are among the offerings. Up here you'll notice cactus thickets mingled with purple jacaranda, wild hibiscus, and towering eucalyptus trees. Keep an eye out for pueo, Hawaii's native owl, which hunts these fields during daylight hours.
Kula: Most Mauians say it with a hint of a sigh. Why? It's just that much closer to heaven. Explore it for yourself on some of the area's...