Smaller Maui Towns Lure Visitors With Activities

KAHULUI -- Besides Wailuku, central Maui has other notable towns. The Wailuku Main Street Association has two under its wing, Paia and Makawao, plus Kaunakakai on Molokai.

The association operates the Tri-Isle Main Street Resource Center, which provides these towns and others with advice and training.

Paia is a coastal sugar plantation town, seven miles east of Kahului. Makawao is a similar distance inland.

Paia celebrated its 100th anniversary as a mill town in February last year.

As part of the event, Paia Main Street Association introduced a walking tour map. Buildings are depicted as they were in 1925.

A mile above the highway is the town's sugar mill, and minutes away is Ho'okipa Beach, possibly the world's best-known windsurfing spot. The Aloha Classic Wave Championship, part of the pro circuit, is held here in October.

Makawao has familiar wooden storefronts and curio shops.

Noted for its rodeo on the Fourth of July, Makawao is close to the highway and to Haleakala Crater.

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