Take A Slow Stroll Through Pā‘ia Town

A Little Bit of HistoryMaui

PHOTO: HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY (HTA) / TOR JOHNSON

There are places beyond the reach of a developer’s imagination. One such place is PĀ‘IA , a community brimming with small shops, inviting eateries and residents determined to maintain the town’s unique character and rich Hawaiian history.

Located just eight minutes from the Kahului Airport on HĀNA HIGHWAY , Pā‘ia (pronounced “pah-ee-ah”) was dominated by a SUGAR PLANTATION for more than a century. The retail shops and restaurants in the town’s T-shaped COMMERCIAL CENTER reflect the influences of the old plantation camp lifestyle.

Other influences adding character to the mix are SURFERS who came from all over the world to windsurf at nearby HO‘OKIPA BEACH. Today, the needs of HEALTH- CONSCIOUS TRAVELERS and the casual, fun-seeking image of the international surfing set are evident. Restaurants offer fresh fish and good, HEALTHY FOOD . Fliers advertise YOGA AND MASSAGE, while boutiques boast hip, ISLAND- FRIENDLY FASHION.