Went to Makawao one afternoon after going to Mt. Haleakala, getting there somehow through lovely and winding country roads. The town is small and it is to find a parking space on main street. From there you can look at the various stores, have something to eat at one of the local cafés or restaurants or visit one of the many art galleries. As everywhere else in Hawaii, the atmosphere is casual and friendly. Later on I learned that the word "paniolo", local for cowboy, was used to describe the Spanish speaking cowboys from Mexico that came to work on the farms, many years ago. Don't miss the store selling cowboy boots, jeans, belts, etc. they have quite unique things to offer. We left Makawao driving south on Baldwin Street, ending at Paia.