What’s it Like to Live in Pā‘ia?

September 29, 2015, 11:00 AM HST · Updated October 1, 8:35 AM
Alexandra Mitchell · 70 Comments

Pa‘ia, Maui, Hawai‘i. Wikimedia.org_wikipedia_commons_2_27_PaiaMaui.jpg

Pā‘ia, Maui, Hawai‘i. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org_wikipedia_commons_2_27_PaiaMaui.jpg.

The one-stoplight town of Pā‘ia on Maui’s North Shore is nothing less than charmingly quaint.

In Hawai‘i’s more recent cultural history, historic Pā‘ia Town was first built upon a buzzing sugarcane agricultural industry that began to dominate the North Shore areas of Maui during the late 1870s. The first sugar mill in Pā‘ia opened in 1880—the Pā‘ia Sugar Mill.

In 1896, the US Census designated Pā‘ia as an official Hawai‘i Township.

Photo courtesy of Paia_Puunene_https.

Pā‘ia Sugar Mill. Photo courtesy of Paia_Puunene_https.

First home to immigrant families and plantation workers, Pā‘ia now has become a melting pot of cultures. Pā‘ia still boasts a solid local culture of amazing Hawai‘i-born families, but also consists of an international mix of residents including European and South American water sports enthusiasts, West Coast hippy migrants from the counterculture revolution (and, now, their children), New Age folks, surfers, liberals, and a myriad of residents who are attracted to Pā‘ia and the North Shore for the bohemian culture, healthy lifestyle, fabulous tropical weather and awesome ocean conditions.


Schools Near Pā‘ia & The North Shore

  • Pā‘ia Elementary School Hawaiian Immersion (HI DOE)
  • Ha‘ikū Elementary School (HI DOE)
  • Doris Todd Memorial Christian Schools
  • Montessori School
  • Horizons Academy
  • Haleakalā Waldorf School
  • Maui High School
  • Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
  • Seabury Hall
  • St. Anthony High School
  • Ka‘ahumanu Hou Christian Schools
  • Sudbury Maui Learning Center

Conveniences & Amenities

  • Grocery Stores
  • US Post Office
  • Gas Stations
  • Bank
  • Police Station
  • Fire Station
  • Community Center
  • Restaurants, Cafe’s & Coffee Shops
  • Shopping
Alexandra Mitchell
Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, luxury vacation rentals and Hawai'i real estate. With her valuable insider's perspective, she exposes readers to unique glimpses of "Old Hawai‘i," new destinations to explore, local events and all the best things to do in Hawai‘i…

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* The opinion of this writer do not necessarily represent the opinions of MauiNow.com

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