On the Road to Hana on Maui’s North Shore, the historic town of Pa’ia grew from humble beginnings as a small Hawaiian sugar plantation village. The first sugar mill was constructed in the 1870’s. In 1896 a company store was established for plantation workers. Plantation camps housed workers of the Pa’ia Sugar Mill, which was Maui’s oldest operating plantation until its closure in 2000.
Pa’ia’s early residents were immigrants from many different cultures, including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Puerto Rican, Portuguese, and Native Hawaiians. Today, Pa’ia is renowned for its charming shopping boutiques, antique shops and restaurants, as well as some of Maui’s best beaches.
Celebrities and exclusive art dealers are often seen perusing the fine shops and art galleries in Pa’ia. Pa’ia is famous for its eclectic arts scene, with high-end galleries sitting side-by-side with smaller galleries and boutiques. Many galleries representing high-end contemporary artists are featured in Pa’ia, which attract collectors from around the world.
The Maui Crafts Guild is a collective of ceramicists, print-makers, jewelers, textile artists, wood workers, photographers, glass artists, basket weavers and a few artists who defy classification. The Guild began with 7 members, and incorporated in 1983 with 30 members, and artisans must reside in Hawaii for at least 6 months before they can be considered for membership in the Guild.