Makawao is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 7,184 at the 2010 census. Located on the rural northwest slope of Haleakala on East Maui, the community is known for being the hub of the "Upcountry", a part of the island dominated by mostly agriculture and ranch land. Makawao Forest Reserve is to the east-northeast.
Makawao is located at 20°51′13″N 156°19′1″W (20.853657, -156.316951).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km2), all of it land.
At the 2000 census, there were 6,327 people, 2,151 households, and 1,565 families in the CDP. The population density was 1,353.8 people per square mile (523.1/km²). There were 2,222 housing units at an average density of 475.5 per square mile (183.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 40.54% White, 0.32% African American, 0.55% Native American, 17.04% Asian, 8.74% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 31.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.93% of the population.
Of the 2,151 households 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 17.6% of households were one person and 4.6% were one person aged 65 or older.