Makawao Posted June 10, 2013


A ranch town 14 miles from Road to Hana Cottages and a short 25-minute drive up the mountain . Almost all the restaurants and shops are within a few blocks of the intersection of Baldwin and Makawao Avenue with lots to see.


Down to Earth Natural Foods
1169 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, Hawaii 96768
Combination grocery and health food store you will find almost everything here. For a snack or quick lunch the take out is healthy and fresh.


Farmers Market
Eddie Tam Complex
7AM to 9AM most Saturdays. Homegrown produce and a chance to chat with people who pamper their gardens and small farms.


Komoda Store and Bakery*
3674 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, Hawaii 96768‎
This historic multi-generational Japanese bakery is a must stop, must taste experience.Try a mouth watering cream puff or guava-filled malasadas or anything else that is still available. The simple dinner rolls are sweet and melt in your mouth. A plastic bag of a dozen for $8 will not make it back to the cottage if you have more than 3 people in the car. Better come early as they often sell out of almost anything. There are tables and a pot of coffee brewing most mornings (pay by the honor system). Open at 7 AM most days, closed on Wednesday. Usually open till 5 but closed by 2 on Saturday.


The Rodeo General Store*
3661 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
Go in and explore this unique store. The front looks like something from the old west. Lots of sandwiches and takeout (both hot and cold) greet you at the door. The big surprise is the best wine cellar in Upcountry—an unrivaled selection in a special climate controlled room. If you love wine it’s hard not to go home with a bottle of something special.


Café del Sol
3620 Baldwin Avenue, #102A, Makawao, HI 96768
Nestled in a courtyard is a perfect place for breakfast or lunch. Grab an outdoor table and order our favorite for breakfast—eggs benedict with their homemade hollandaise sauce or choose from a wide variety of muffins and other bakery delights. For lunch we like the blackened chicken sandwiches, burgers with Kula onion or even a Vegan burger if that’s your taste. Phone 572-4877


Casanova Deli
1188 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
For a cup of great coffee and croissant, a gourmet sandwich or Greek salad don’t over look this deli next to the main restaurant from 7AM (8:30AM on Sunday) to 6 PM. If you hanker for something a cut above the ranch kitchen stop here. Take your coffee out on the deck and watch the cars and people of all sizes and cultures.

Makawao Casanova Deli

Casanova Italian Restaurant*
1188 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
From happy hour to late night disco, live music and dancing this is an amazing place–much more than just a restaurant. Go there for great Italian food for lunch or dinner, attentive service and good wine selections. Casanova is more of a restaurant/night club upcountry style— always with an audience that is fun to watch. Call to see what nights have live music that fits your taste 572-0220.


Makawao Garden Café
3669 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
In a very nice courtyard with tables around a great tree is a relaxed setting for lunch. Our favorite here is a light gourmet lunch featuring great salads from local farm fare with some fresh fish on the side. Soup and sandwiches are always special. A great surprise for a Thursday night is a seven course tasting dinner under the attentive eye of the chef. That starts at 6PM. It is $60 and requires a reservation. 572-4877.

Makawao Courtward with Garden Cafe.2

Makawao Steak House
3612 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
When veteran Maui restaurateurs Michael and Dana Pastula of Cafe O’Lei fame purchased the Makawao Steak House last summer, they quickly put their signature on this Upcountry institution: quality food and service at affordable prices. Mosey on in and warm yourself by the fireplace while you sink your teeth into a seven-ounce filet of Midwestern beef that’s been charbroiled to perfection by Chef Orlando Acevedo, who believes in simplicity: season steaks with salt and pepper, and “Let the beef speak for itself.”


Corner of Baldwin and Makawao Avenues
Everyone in our family loves Polli’s. If this restaurant were in Texas this would be “TexMex” but here it passes for Mexican food with some cowboy barbeque and steak always available. By either label it is good, reliable place to eat and meet the locals. The “specials” on Monday night are barbeque chicken, ribs and a “NY Strip Steak.” The NY Strip at $13.95 may be the best steak dinner on the island for the price. On Wednesday night the special is a fajita dinner for two for $19.95. Shrimp fajitas always rock and the fish tacos are a solid choice for lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to try one of the special margarita concoctions—only found a Polli’s.

Stop Watch Bar and Grill
1127 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
This is the best place to watch your favorite sports event on TV with friendly local chatter. Good bar food and drink available after the other sidewalks have been rolled up. Sometimes local groups provide live music on the weekends. Call first to see what is planned 572-1380.


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