There are popular Maui neighborhoods to choose from when thinking about where to build your home. Depending on your taste and lifestyle, picking the location is up to you.
A unique aspect of Maui is its “microclimates,” or areas that have different weather patterns than the one next to it. In fact, Maui boasts 17 microclimates throughout the Island. Our area where our Pro Draft offices are located in Paia, is near the Central Valley, Kahului, which sees about 10 inches of rain per year. In comparison, the area around lower-east-side Hana sees as much as 400 inches of rain every year, making it one of Hawaii’s rainforests.
Maui’s various neighborhoods are like these microclimates—drive ten minutes and you’ll find something different. The Valley Isle has a variety of popular neighborhoods, each with its own unique features and charm. While tourists look at resorts and hotels, putting down roots requires a little more introspection. Where to live and what would best suit your life, family and work are all part of that consideration.
Popular Maui Areas To Consider
Pro Draft’s hometown, Paia, is part of Maui’s North Shore. It’s one of the popular Maui neighborhoods for locals who enjoy water sports, art galleries, and a more bohemian lifestyle. Paia is ideal for those interested in the the atmosphere of the laid-back surfing culture. The community of Haiku is close to Paia and offers a bit more privacy.
The Lahaina neighborhood on the upper west coast of Maui includes Ka’anapali, Honokawai, Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua. It’s a historic town popular with tourists for its beaches and lively atmosphere. Here, you’ll enjoy the Maui beaches as well as more accessibility to an array of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and nightlife. You can take advantage of whale watching from December through April, just like the tourists. Because it’s a very touristy area, housing and other things tend to be expensive.
Kihei on the south shore of Maui is another popular coastal town that’s known for surfing and snorkeling around incredible beaches with easy access. Along with the towns of Wailea and Makena,, Kihei is more affordable than some of Maui’s other neighborhoods, Kihei is also drier than other areas with about ten inches of rain per year, and has high-end shopping and access to world class golfing.
The Upcountry area of Maui includes Makawao, Kula Haiku, and Pukalani. These areas are of higher elevations, from 1,500 to 4,000 feet on the Haleakala volcano, are somewhat cooler than the low-country areas. Upcountry Maui is also home to farmland and ranches with livestock and agriculture. It’s a bit of “old time Hawai’i” with small markets and mom-and-pop stores alongside boutiques, fine dining, and other amenities.
Looking for something more rural? Makawao is ideal, with properties from small bungalows to full-size estates with larger land parcels.
As you can see, we have a variety of different communities that you can make your home in, in the Valley Isle of Maui.
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