Makawao is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, 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 is located at 205113N156191W / 20.85361N 156.31694W / 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 (9.0km2), 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/km). There were 2,222 housing units at an average density of 475.5 per square mile (183.7/km). 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.