One of my favorite towns on Maui was Makawao. According to about.com, one of the most popular rodeos in Hawaii occurs there on July fourth. “Paniolos” were the first cowboys in the United States. Long before there were cowboys in the Old West, paniolos came to Hawaii in the early 1800′s from Mexico to teach the Hawaiians how to herd cattle. We didn’t see much evidence of cowboys, but we did see some great boutiques and art galleries. . . .
A boutique called Collections is housed in an old garage.
You can see touches of the garage in the ceiling and doors:
They sell all kinds of stuff there, from handpainted chip clips. . .
to patchwork chairs,
hand towels with a message,
beautiful picture frames,
to brightly colored linens.
We really liked another boutique, but I’m sorry I didn’t take note of the name. I loved the lighting in this place:
Again, an eclectic selection.
No photos in the art galleries, of course, but I was happy with what I got.
I should mention that the drive to Makawao takes you through the Upcountry part of Maui where you can see rolling green foothills of the Haleakala volcano and the ocean at the same time:
A belated Happy Mother’s Day!