What’s New in Paia 2017
So many changes have taken place in Paia in the last 12 months that we figured it was about time to do a little recon. Some long time establishments are gone, some stores have expanded into two locations, and some shops that had two locations have combined into one. The secret of Paia as a tourist destination is out, though, some come early, or come prepared to pay for parking. The free lots are filled before 10am, which is, unfortunately before some of the stores even open. It is still a great spot for some people watching though! Happy Hour at any of the restaurants with a street view never disappoints. Continue on to read more about Paia 2017.
We’ll start with what’s new with the
Restaurants & food options:
Hana Ranch Provisions – CLOSED
There was a lot of buzz with this restaurant, but it seems to be following the curse of the previous restaurants that have attempted to occupy this difficult space (Moana Cafe and Dazoo). They opened in the fall of 2015, but a little more than a year later, structural issues in the 106-year-old building at 71 Baldwin Avenue forced the restaurant temporarily shut down. In January of 2017, the company decided that the closure would be permanent.
Honolulu Coffee Company – CLOSED
The coffee shop that used to be known as Anthony’s has closed, with no sign of what’s next. We did love this little love note though ->
Sip Me Paia – COMING SOON!
We are excited about the news that Sip Me will be moving into the space that was recently vacated by one of Paia’s oldest shops, Paia Collectibles & Antiques.
Paia Gelato & Hana Picnic Lunch – MOVED!
These two establishments, which had the same owners for quite some time, finally moved in together and then moved into the brand new building just next door to Paia Inn. Now you can get your Paia Gelato and your Hana Picnic Lunch sandwiches for your beach day or your trip to Hana at the same time!
Nylos’ – NEW AND BUZZING!
I haven’t had a chance to dine at this intimate 14-seat restaurant, but the Nylos’ buzz is great! According to their website, “this is where Modern Gastronomy, reflections of Old World Cuisine and the quaint familiarity of home all come together for unique and unforgettable dining.” The Three Course Dinner menu changes nightly. Some recent menu items include caviar, foie gras, butter poached lobster, and truffles! $85 per person includes an Amuse-bouche and a glass of sparkling wine. Serving dinner nightly, 5:30- 10pm, Wednesday – Sunday. Reservations encouraged.
Maka by Mana- Moved
This vegan and raw food restaurant is now inside their parent company Mana Foods.
And continuing on to
Retail Stores and Boutiques:
Jammin’ on Maui – NEW
I’ve never been in this store, since I don’t have much need for tie-dye clothing, but when I finally entered, I was completely sucked in, filling my camera with colorful photos and listening to the fascinating story behind this shop. The main product of this store is their own line Aquadelics.com, which uses specially printed fabric to make unique, tie-dye bikinis and board shorts, all made in the US. Each suits’ tie dye starts with an original tie-dye design, then a high resolution photo is taken of the print. The dye sublimation process of heat transferring into synthetic, water resistant fabric then begins. The fast drying, durable microfiber and polyester fabric creates water and sweat-resistant clothing, perfect for all of your day and night-time activities!
Besides the bathing options, Jammin’ offers a WIDE selection of tie-dye leggings, jumpsuits, dresses, hats, and even belts.
And beyond the tie-dye/hippie/Dead-Head gear, Jammin’ features great gift items such as these The North Shore trucker hats, the ‘mermaid’ sequence bags and much more! Jammin’ on Maui opened in February in the space previously occupied by Simmer Hawaii (across the street from Charlie’s).
Simmer Hawaii- MOVED!
Simmer is now in the new building to the right of Paia Inn. Simmer carries an excellent selection of exclusive items from their own designers, boutique clothing lines, and many popular outdoor/surf brands including prAna, Reef, Olukai, Billabong, Patagonia, Quiksilver and more! They also carry many locally made jewelry items. To purchase some of these items shown here, you can click directly on their e-commerce shopping link!
Lele by Adelina a Mare – NEW AND MOVED!
Lele by Adelina a Mare opened about 6 weeks ago opened in new location right on Baldwin Avenue at the former Moonbow location. (Moonbow consolidated both stores to the Haiku-side of Baldwin). This cute little boutique features owner Rachel’s handmade jewelry, plus some fun clothes and home goods. Previously, the shop was behind the original Pearl location.
Pearl Butik & Pearl Seaside- EXPANDED
Speaking of Pearl Butik, they now have two locations, the original ‘home’ store up Baldwin Avenue from Mana Foods, and now Pearl Seaside, featuring more clothing than the original store, which offers more of the home goods side. Pearl Seaside opened in the old Tamara Catz location in June.
Prospect – CLOSED
The store with an excellent location right smack in the middle of Paia, and right next door to San Lorenzo, is no longer there.
Art Project Paia – RENOVATING!
The sign says they are reopening late summer 2017, but as you can see they are still working. You can still shop online at https://squareup.com/store/art-project-paia.
Banana Wind and Whatever was Next-door -CLOSED
In the brand-new retail building just before the fire station, only one of the original tenants remains.
Tamara Catz – CLOSED
Sad to see this Paia staple go! We all wish Tamara the greatest success in her newest adventures.
Paia Trading Company – CLOSED
A note from this cute little antique and collectible store’s Facebook page reads “After 41 years, Paia Trading Company closed its doors today. Annie, Rose, Mack, Cindy, Jim, & Elaine would like to thank everyone who bought our treasures, those who brought their treasures to us, and all the friends that we’ve made over all those years, and all the stories we’ve shared. It’s been a GREAT ride!”
While peaking through their Facebook page, we found these gems:
And the rest of the random shots that we got while walking around Paia 2017: