If you are heading to Paia any time soon you are going to want to read this!
There have been lots of moves, closings and openings, make sure you know where your favorite store is. Seems like everyone is getting ready for the busy holiday season!
Wings Hawaii – Now located at the old Maui Crafts Guild location (69 Hana Hwy), near Paia Bay and across from the free parking lot!
Vanity Salon – Vanity Salon is now located in Makawao… just up Baldwin Avenue!
Maui Crafts Guild – According to their website, they will be reopening in mid-December at a new location at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Hwy. Anyone have any idea where?
Pearl – Currently located off the beaten path, Pearl will soon be located at the former Wings Hawaii location.
Nuage Bleu – Undergoing ‘beautification’, Nuage Bleu is currently closed, but expected to reopen on October 27.
Dazoo – The old Moana Cafe is under going some major renovations, and is currently scheduled to reopen as Dazoo on November 1! Here’s what the new owners have to say about Dazoo- “Dazoo is reinventing fine dining on Maui, using fresh locally sourced ingredients prepared with an Asian-Pacific flair. We have a remarkable dining experience, a unique ambience, affordable tapas style plates and award winning cocktails.” In addition, a new Moana Bakery will be opening at the former Vanity Salon location! YAY for a proper bakery returning to Paia! More on this exciting restaurant news will be coming soon!
Paia Inn – Something is happening upstairs, but no official word yet. Will keep you posted!
Rock & Brews – Here are some excerpts from the company’s website: “We are a casual family friendly restaurant, where families bring their grandparents and children to enjoy the indoor dining and open air patio. We pride our brand on friendly service, with an emphasis being on the great food menu and dining experience. We are not a live music venue, the background music heard is recorded and volume control is fully monitored. We plan to offer 52 beers on draft and our signature Mai Tai and Margarita. Our interior decor will honor the Hawaiian culture on Maui with materials found on the island and artwork from locals. We consulted with a local artist to act as our Hawaiian Art and Cultural consultant, to make sure we respected the local traditions and cultures.
We have hired all local workers from the contractor to all sub-contractors. We will also be incorporating all local produce and protein vendors in our menu from Maui. In addition, the family owners have added additional stalls to the restrooms to accommodate needed facilities for the visitors to Hana via Paia. ”
San Lorenzo- See this post for more info!
New Parking Lots – If its been a really long time since you’ve been to Paia, you’ll want to know about the parking situation. The dirt lot behind Charlie’s is paved and Paid Parking. You need to enter by Charlie’s and exit onto Baldwin. If you are heading to Mana Foods with two kids, believe me, the dollar or two is worth it. I asked one time at Mana if they cared if I left the cart in the paid lot and they didn’t. They apparently go looking all over town for them… So, ditch away. If you aren’t traveling with small kids in tow, there’s also a new FREE dirt parking lot up Baldwin Avenue near the Post Office.
Hemp House – Bummer.
The wall near the Chevron – by the awesome artist Robena. Ok, I’d been hearing about this wall for weeks and never figured out where it was until recently. If you are driving through Paia towards Kahului, when you pass Hana Bay Picnic Lunch, or whatever that place is called with the amazing smoothies, really quickly look right (towards the ocean) – its on that wall next to the Sand & Sea. If you are walking by, head down the side street to take a look – It’s really stunning in person. Robena is also currently one of the Four Seasons Maui’s artists-in-residence. You can meet Robena at the hotel (in Wailea) on Saturdays: 8am – 1pm