Pick Up an ‘Ukulele

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

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

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