Pa´ia Posted June 10, 2013


A historic plantation town 15 miles from the Road to Hana Cottages, Paia is a delightful 25-minute drive along the ocean, and is great place to eat and shop. Mama’s Fish House is legendary.


On your way to the Cottages it is best to stop at Mana Foods in Paia to get some groceries, fruit, and cold drinks. If you have special dietary needs or prefer only natural foods, Mana Foods is the best stop on the Island. Mana Foods also has a great deli. And for a great wine selection try the Wine Corner which also has cold beer (including Hawaiian microbrews) and liquor.



Kuau Mart
701 Hana Highway (just before Baldwin Avenue the main intersection in Paia), 6:00AM to 7:00PM
Food for the road–a convenience store for pastries, snacks, sandwiches, plate lunches for the road.

Mana Foods*
49 Baldwin Avenue (two blocks north of the Hana Highway), 8:30AM to 8:30PM
The best of everything local, natural or for special diets. This is the best place to shop for natural foods on the island.

Maui Grown Market and Deli
Hana Highway Mile Marker 14 (after Hookipa Beach), 6:30AM to 6:00PM
Plantation style porch house with sandwiches, salads, prepackaged snacks, smoothies and drinks. This is not as impressive as its name.

Nagata Store
96 Hana Highway (one mile past Baldwin Avenue), 6:00 AM to 7:00PM (except Sat 6:00PM and Sun 1:00PM)
A small grocery open early with most essentials and ready to eat local seafood.


Wine Corner*
149 Hana Highway, Noon to 10:00 PM
Well stocked and reasonably priced wine by the bottle. Cold Beer of all kinds including microbrews and Liquor are available and convenient at the Wine Corner.
Note: For the best prices and selection of wine on the island try Costco in Kahului.


Anthony’s Coffee
90 Hana Highway, 5:30 AM to 6:00PM
Great coffee by the cup or by the pound to take to the cottage. Breakfast pastries, eggs including Eggs Benedict. Hot and cold sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and a great place to read the newspaper anytime. The main reason for existence–takeout lunches for the Road to Hana.

Bay Juice Company
111 Hana Highway, 7:00AM to 4:00PM
Juice, sandwiches and boxed lunches for the Road to Hana.


Café des Amis*
42 Baldwin Avenue, 7:00AM to 9:00PM
Small and intimate setting for French (try the crepes) or Indian food (especially spicy Indian curries) are creatively prepared and attentively served. Call ahead to see if music is planned.(808-579-6323).

Café Mambo*
30 Baldwin Avenue, 8:00AM to 9:00PM
For breakfast we like Mambo for omelets and pancakes—but always a full breakfast. Lunch has a surprising variety from sandwiches and hamburgers to burritos and fajitas and wonderful tagines—Moroccan stews. If you like Mediterranean food and Spanish tapas come back for dinner. Another secret—they probably have the best lunches for the road to Hana and a foam ice chest to boot.


Milagros Bar and Restaurant*
Corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue, 8:00AM to 9:00PM
A great choice anytime. You can dine inside or out on the extensive porch (our preference). This is Mexican food with a local flair. The menu always has sandwiches and burgers reasonably priced but the Maui-Mex experiment features local fare in the form of fish tacos, seafood enchilidas and grilled ahi burritos. In the evening come to eat, drink and take your time. Service is relaxed. If you have to wait for a table you can enjoy the full bar, order a margarita and do some people watching both in the restaurant and on the busy intersection just outside.

Moana Bakery and Café*
71 Baldwin Avenue, 8:00AM to 9:00PM
Breakfast and Lunch are inexpensive and be sure to check out the deli case for fresh bakery items. For dinner expect creative entrees with an Asian influence and occasional Hawaiian specialties. Prices are moderate, the crowd friendly, service relaxed and expect local music (Hawaiian or Jazz) most nights with no cover (808) 579-9999

Mama’s Fish House*
One mile east of Paia on the Hana Highway (look for Mama’s Fishing Boat), Lunch 11:00AM to 2:30PM and Dinner after 5:00PM
We can’t say enough to recommend at least one visit (no matter what your budget). No better place for a “special” lunch or dinner exists on the island.

We suggest simply showing up the first time for cocktails at the bar, explore, buy a T-shirt and walk around the grounds to enjoy the surf and the private beach. Day or night plan to loiter and take pictures on the beach. The staff are friendly and accommodating—you can even come back and swim in the protected bay. It’s only 20 minutes from the Cottages.

Next time, for a special meal, make reservations in advance. For dinners expect something really special (the best local catch by the fishermen in the know –goes to Mama’s each day) with entrees in the $35 to $55 range. Expect a new menu every day, the greatest professional service and an attentive chef. The best of every thing caught, grown or raised on the island is here in wonderful dishes you will never forget.

Paia Fish Market*
100 Hana Highway (corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue), 11:00AM to 9:30PM
We love this place and come often. A casual experience with shared picnic tables inside and friendly conversation. Meet visitors and locals alike. Be friendly—strike up a conversation.

You will order at the counter. The best, we think, is always the charbroiled fish. Always fresh, always cooked just right—you can ‘t miss. Lunch and dinner plates are piled high with great coleslaw and potatoes. On top is a slab of fish from the open grill that was just pulled from the waters. On a tight budget? Choose the sandwiches and there are always burgers, pasta, fish tacos and fajitas.

 Locals can ‘t get enough. Visitors remember it fondly when they can‘t have this experience at home. Plan to come often. Its worth the short drive from the Cottages.


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