101 Things to Do (Maui) - - A Little Bit Of History -

There are places be­yond the reach of a de­vel­oper's imag­i­na­tion. One such place is PA‘IA, a com­mu­nity brim­ming with small shops, invit­ing ting eater­ies and res­i­dents de­ter­mined to main­tain the town's unique char­ac­ter and rich Hawai­ian his­tory. Lo­cated just eight min­utes from the Kahu­lui Air­port on HANA HIGH­WAY, Pa‘ia (pro­nounced “pah-ee-ah”) was dom­i­nated by a SUGAR PLAN­TA­TION for more than a cen­tury. Even though the plan­ta­tion closed in 2000, 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 hang-loose, fun-seek­ing im­age of the in­ter­na­tional surf­ing set are ev­i­dent. Restau­rants of­fer fresh fish and good, HEALTHY FOOD. Fly­ers ad­ver­tise YOGA AND MAS­SAGE, while bou­tiques boast hip, IS­LAND-FRIENDLY FASH­ION. So while Pa‘ia is of­ten thought of solely as the last stop on the road to Hana, it is more than a hic­cup on the way—it's a desti­na­tion unto its own.

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