Is Paia a place to just walk around the shops and eat, or is there anything else to do there?
Oh my goodness....we had heard the Flatbread Company pizzas were great, the last time we went, but we waited until our last day to go. It was by far, the best pizza I've ever eaten. I wish now I had gone when we arrived instead so we could take leftovers back to the condo with us! We are coming back to Maui next February and we are making Flatbread Company our first stop!
Well, not IN Paia, but nearby.........the Hui No'eau Arts Center, on an old estate:
and Makawao Union Church, incredible stained glass:
both are beautiful and worth the meander up Baldwin Avenue. Baldwin leads into Makawao town, then you could come out on Makawao Avenue to Haleakala Highway and down to Kahului.
Eate , shop, and enjoy old buildings.
Back in the early 1990s was when we went to Paia...got a snorkeling cat t-shirt from a place that had bumper stickers saying "New York-Paris-Paia" and I have always regretted not getting some of those. I did get my first Robert Lyn Nelson poster...quite a dip in the budget at $30! So I did not have more money for the bumper sticker.
Dillon's (I believe the Flatbread place is there now) had great burgers, But when we went back in 1993 it was closed--I believe one of the owners passed away and it was sold.
When we get back again, I 'd like to wander around and see what's changed and what has not...we never got back over there in all the later trips.
Have amazing gelato at the one shop in town -- loved their goat cheese gelato... shop -- a few stores have some local artifacts and local designers -- hang out on the beach near Mama's -- has one of the best sunset views.
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