There are rumors flying all over the island about what is happening in Paia – and one thing is for certain – Paia is booming! So, I took a walk around my favorite little town to see if I could separate fact from fiction. Construction was happening all over the place, and luckily everyone was working with the doors open! Sorry about the crazy paparazzi photos!
TRUTH – There is a darling little coffee shop next to Aloha Bead Company! I’ve never been in their before, but with the closing (renovation?) of Nellie’s and Haz Beans (which appears to now be a food truck by Paia Bay), there was a sudden lack of a coffee shop where you can just sit and enjoy a cup of joe or a snack, (sorry Anthony’s – that shipped sailed for you a while ago) - I finally ventured into the charming little Paia Bay Coffee shop. There is some outdoor seating, along with a couple quaint indoor tables. I just had the coffee- but it looked like a place I’d go back to just for some nice quiet time. Paia Bay Coffee is open from 6:30am to 5:30pm daily. Check out their Facebook page -
TRUTH – Rock ‘N Brews is Open for business. Haven’t been in here yet but it looks fun, especially if you are into family style (as in shared tables) dining. I’m waiting until they get all their beer taps filled!
TRUTH – The Butterfly Effect is this weekend! This non competitive SUP event takes the women paddlers from Baldwin Beach to Kanaha Beach. Entry is $35 and includes all kinds of fun bonuses. Starts at 9am on Saturday, April 26.
TRUTH – The Turnbull Gallery has sadly closed, taking all their awesome outdoor sculptures with them. You can now find them at their Studio and Sculpture Garden in Kahakuloa – follow the Kahili Hwy from Wailuku.
RUMOR? – The former Nellie’s location is rumored to be turning into a full restaurant – and perhaps expanding into the former Turnbull space? (this may very well be true, it just hasn’t been confirmed by an owner or authorized representative to me personally yet)
TRUTH – For a massive selection of Esky Flavor (a Maui Made favorite!) hats, (and possibly some shave ice), check out Toby’s Shave Ice!
TRUTH – Sad to say, got the official email today that EVE BLACK HAWAII has lost the lease to their Paia shop. Home decor items will be on sale, and their last day will be Friday, May 9th.
RUMOR – The vacant space next to Milagros is also in the works to be under construction at some point. (Who didn’t see this coming? Its prime real estate!)
TRUTH – After months of hearing ‘next month’ – bakery fanatics will now be pleased to hear that Moana Bakery should indeed be opening – next month. Construction is taking place on the vacant location, next to Dazoo, but fans of fresh cookies and cakes and pastries of all sorts should fear not – an awesome selection of goodies is available daily at Dazoo. They also take special orders! The other TRUTH in this section is that the parking lot adjacent to Pearl and Dazoo (and a handful of other spaces in that building) – has turned into yet another ‘PAY TO PARK’ lot.
TRUTH – Mana Foods unveiled a totally redesigned DELI section today, and the rumor from the deli section employee today? The new section has more ‘serve yourself’ deli favorites. Just wait to see what happens tomorrow! We can hardly wait.
RUMOR – Rumor is that a currently operating operation will be operating an additional operation in the former Haz Beans.
And if you are still reading this far down, you must really love Paia town too – Please leave a comment with your favorite shop and/or restaurant, and if you know the TRUTHS to any of these rumors – please email me at lizsmithonmaui (at) yahoo (dot) com
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