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 / 20.85361°N 156.31694°W / 20.85361; -156.31694 (20.853657, -156.316951).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,327 people, 2,151 households, and 1,565 families residing 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.
There were 2,151 households out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,681, and the median income for a family was $50,145. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $26,955 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,776. About 7.4% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.