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49. TAKE A SLOW STROLL THROUGH PA‘IA TOWN
There are places beyond the reach of a developer’s imagination. One such place is PA‘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 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.
50. DIG THROUGH THE HALE HO‘IKE‘IKE MUSEUM
Hawai‘i’s missionary era is well-defined at the HALE HO`IKE`IKE in Wailuku. The house was constructed from limestone coral on land given to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1832 by Governor Hoapili and King Kamehameha III. One of the first Western-style houses in WAILUKU, it first served as the Central Maui Mission Station, then as a boarding school for girls called the Wailuku Female Seminary, and finally, as the personal home of Edward and Caroline Bailey.
The Baileys sailed from Boston to Honolulu in 1837, and moved to the Wailuku building overlooking the natural harbor of Kahului in the early 1840s to teach at the Wailuku Female Seminary. They lived there for the next 45 years. Edward Bailey was an artist as well as a missionary, teacher, builder, musician, writer, botanist and entrepreneur, and today, a collection of his OIL PAINTINGS provides museum visitors a visual image of what his life was like. In addition, Caroline Bailey created a home that combined the culture of two very different worlds, and the museum boasts similar furnishings today.
The museum houses an incredible collection, including a wooden statue of HAWAIIAN DEMIGOD KAMAPUA‘A (which is the only statue to have survived King Kamehameha II’s 1819 purge of indigenous religious representations), DUKE KAHANAMOKU’S 1919 REDWOOD SURFBOARD and one of the last FISHING CANOES made koa in Hawai‘i. The museum’s collection of PRE-CONTACT ARTIFACTS is one of the largest public collections on Maui, and shows the ingenuity of early Hawaiians in their use of the indigenous materials. The museum also is host to MONTHLY PUBLIC EVENTS. For more information, call (808) 244-3326, or log on to mauimuseum.org.
51. GET SCHOOLED ON MAUI COFFEE
Once you’re hooked on COFFEE
GROWN IN HAWAI‘I, it’s hard to live without it. There are residents who never leave the island without a bag or two tucked in their luggage. The aroma, when it escapes from the bag, is as much the scent of the islands as the salty smell of the ocean or the sweet fragrance of plumeria.
Not a lot of coffee is grown on Maui; Hawai‘i Island, home of KONA COFFEE, claims the bulk of Hawai‘i’s coffee growers. But if you watch for the label MAUIGROWN COFFEE COMPANY, you can count on Maui beans. MauiGrown Coffee is grown on KA‘ANAPALI ESTATE, a 500-acre plantation in the West Maui Mountains. Its trees yield several varieties of ARABICA COFFEE. While you’re here, treat yourself to FREE COFFEE SAMPLING on the estate, where you can sample Maui- and Kona-grown varieties and see pictures of how the coffee is picked, pulped, washed, dried, milled, bagged and ground from field to cup. The store is located at 277 Lahainaluna Road in Lahaina, next to the old Pioneer Mill Smokestack. After a taste, you won’t be able to resist picking up some of Maui’s homegrown beans for yourself. Visit mauigrowncoffee.com. MAUIGROWN COFFEE (808) 661-2728