By Honolulu Star Advertiser
Newly installed "Historic Town" signs now inform motorists that the quaint town of Makawao is just a few miles away.
The large, brown signs along Haleakala Highway were installed recently by the state Department of Transportation in coordination with Councilmember Mike White, who represents the district, and Mayor Alan Arakawa and staff.
The initial request was made by the Makawao Community Association.
"This is a great boost for Makawao at a time when our small-town businesses need all the help they can get," White said in a statement Dec. 15.
"Our hope is that the signs will bring a direct financial benefit by making it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy the shopping, dining, and overall experience of historic Makawao town."
Makawao, surrounded by rolling pastureland on the slopes of Mount Haleakala, is the heart of Maui's ranching or paniolo (cowboy) country.