Upcountry Maui offers cool weather, gorgeous wildflowers, and views for days.
While this cool weather keeps some people away, others are drawn to getting away from the heat of the beaches. Homes still used louvered windows in this area, they just keep warm Hawaiian quilts on their beds for nighttime.
The higher you get into upcountry, the better the view. By only a couple thousand feet up, you are able to see both the north and south sides of the island at the same time, framing the West Maui Mountains in the distance. Behind you, the 10,000 foot high summit of Haleakala makes its own weather and brings rain to the hills and central valley, while casting a rain-shadow over South Maui.