Haiku was named for the ancient Hawaiian land area of Haʻikū, which means talk abruptly or sharp break in the Hawaiian language.
Haiku is a country style village situated in the north of Maui, approximately 4.9 miles (7.8 km) from Paia. Though Haiku has no beach, the town is located just a few minutes from the windsurfing capital of the world, Ho’okipa Beach.
In the past Haiku was a thriving town with pineapple canneries and two pineapple plantations located on the slopes of Haleakala and the Paia coast. However, there was a decline in commercial activity when the main refinery transferred to Kahului. Following this the commercial and tourism industries improved in Haiku. Today, this rustic community is thriving and has restaurants, shops, cafes, and spas. The old canneries now house new industries, gyms, art galleries, and even a post office.
Haiku is one of Hawaii’s unincorporated towns, which means that it is not part of any municipality and is not required to pay city taxes.
The Haiku area is rich in farmlands, agriculture, and beautiful weather. It is on the edge of the rainforest, so there is an abundance of rain that nourishes the land.
For families with children the area has private and public education that ranges from preschool to high school.
Christian and Non-Denominational Churches meet the spiritual needs of those in the community.
The homes range from starter homes to multi million dollar estates. There is a large diversity of property choices in the area.