I went away for two weeks in July, and upon returning, it seemed like there was a whole flurry of activity in Paia! New shops had opened, other shops had moved, restaurants are closing and opening, and the construction boom is still in full force!
Here’s a run down of what’s new in Paia:
Congratulations to Christine and Tim Thevenard on the opening of their beautiful new shop Luna and Tide (website still under construction but has contact info) – this shop is worth the entry just to see their gorgeous floors. I popped my head in when I was cruising around town with a four year old (who is not much for shopping) so I will have to go back and check out the shop soon solo. Plus they have my favorite Robena painting. According to Christine, “Luna & Tide is a new Paia store filled with gifts, art and home decor. Many of the products that are sold here support and give back to the world artisans communities were they are from. We are looking forward to working with more local artisan as well. Please come in to visit!”
A shop that is no longer in Paia is the custom swimwear shop ‘Love the Beach‘ (and I believe she’s still making custom suits but I’m trying to confirm this!)- the space is now called The Mermaid Inn, and shares that same owners as the neighboring Paia Mercantile. More on the Mermaid Inn coming soon…
I can’t keep track of where everyone has been or is going, but it appears that Nectar Creations is now in the former Hemp House location and Original Kashmir (which appears to be a kind of import store with all kinds of crystals, jewelry and of course, cashmere) has taken its place along Hana Highway.
The big news in the Paia restaurant world is the opening of Hāna Ranch Provisions. The to-go counter (most recently Moana Bakery) is currently open, and the restaurant side will be opening for dinner on Friday, August 28! According to the press release “Hāna Ranch is thrilled to introduce Hāna Ranch Provisions, a new community gathering place that, at its core, will strive to provide a wholesome, ingredient-focused food experience,” said Linh Phu, culinary manager of Hāna Ranch. “We look forward to sharing all of the Hāna Ranch grown products and stories through Hāna Ranch Provisions, where each dish will be inspired by our land, history and culture.”
The to-go counter is open from 8:30am – 2pm, and the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. A sampling of planned menu items include daily pastries, sandwiches on freshly baked bread, squeezed juices, house-‐butchered smoked meats and sausages and more, with the majority of ingredients sourced by Hāna Ranch. The restaurant will be led by a management team with decades of combined experience in the culinary industry, including Linh Phu, culinary manager, and Morgan Maki, hospitality manager of Hāna Ranch. Follow Hāna Ranch Provisions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (Photos courtesy of Hāna Ranch)
Clark Little will be at the store meeting with fans, signing autographs, and taking photos. Hurley + Clark Little Apparel Line “Flash Pack” , Clark Little 2016 Calendars and Clark’s latest book, Shorebreak (Standard Edition), will be available for purchase. Product quantities may be limited.
And the ongoing construction in Paia seems to be, well, ongoing. Want more information about leasing space in Paia? Click here.
And once again, if you are reading all the way down here, you must be really bored. So take a ride with me. Do you know what’s a fun website to check out? Craigslist. And no, I don’t mean the Missed Connections, although they are often hilarious. I mean Job Postings. For example, there is currently an ad for help wanted for Honolulu Coffee Company in Paia. Is this a new business coming in? Or does Honolulu Coffee Company run one of the existing coffee shops? Well, a quick search of Honolulu Coffee Company shows that yes, indeed, they actually own Anthony’s.