ounded in 1870 by Samuel Alexander and Henry Baldwin, Paia was primarily a sugar plantation town built to support the growing industry on Maui. The original sugar mill is about a mile upcountry from Paia on Baldwin Avenue, but closed in 2000.
Today, Paia still has the plantation feel with its building and architecture, but it’s mostly known as the last major stop for gas and food as visitors drive to Hana. It’s an eclectic mix of locally-made gifts, Hawaiian crafts, surf shops, and restaurants.
The well known Charley’s restaurant is on Hana Hwy. and Willie Nelson can often be found there hanging out with his friends. Stop in and try the pancakes in the morning and the pizza in the evening.
Paia is about 10 minutes from the intersection of Hana Highway and Dairy Road and the entrance to the airport in Kahului. It sits on Hwy. 36, has just one stop light, and has a public parking area to your right as you approach the town.
Just north of Paia are two well-known Maui landmarks – Mama’s Fish House and Ho’okipa beach. Mama’s Fish House is annually recognized as one of the top dining experiences on Maui, and Ho’okipa beach is internationally known as a top wind surfing and kite boarding/surfing location.
Another excellent restaurant in Paia is the Paia Fish Market. It’s on the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Hwy. at the only traffic light. It known for excellent fish and chips and fish tacos.
Paia (pah-e-ah) has a unique character to the town, and if you’re planning to drive to Hana you should stop either going or coming back and walk around this historic plantation town. If you’re not driving to Hana, take a few hours and make the short drive to Paia.
Try the gelato at Ono Gelato at the interesection of Hana Highway and Baldwin. It’s the only traffice light in Paia, so it’s hard to miss this place.
It’s a must-see town on Maui!
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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