Obon Festival Paia

The traditional Obon Celebration was brought over to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants. The tradition has continued throughout the years as a cultural and religious celebration that includes dancing and music.

Paia Mantokuji Mission will be holding the Obon Dance & Festival on both Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th. The Mission is located at 253 Hana Highway.

On both Friday and Saturday nights, services will begin at 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm food booths will be opening for food and refreshment purchases. Friday Night at 7:00 pm Maui Taiko will be performing. Saturday night at 7:00 Zenshin Daiko will be performing. Both Friday and Saturday night will conclude with the traditional Bon Dance from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

This is a free family friendly event!

Beachfest In Paia Starts Saturday

PYCC, Paia Youth & Cultural Center, is holding its 22nd annual Paia Bay Beachfest on Saturday along with Positively+KAI. First heat will begin at 8:00 am on the beach located at the PYCC.

Young surfers and bodyboarders will be displaying their skills including tricks and barrel riding. Preregistration is $20, if you register on the day of the event the cost is $30. If you wish to come out to watch and support there is no fee.

Local food vendors will be on hand with funds raised helping the PYCC. Special guests are expected to be in attendance including Kai Lenny and Kainoa McGee. The competition is going to be action packed with possibly up to 100 competitors.

Competitors will receive a collectors shirt, lunch, and a swag bag. Contact the PYCC for more information. Good luck everyone!

Adventuring in Hana

Known as one of the most beautiful drive, Hana Highway has 617 curves and 56 single lane bridges. This isn’t a road to be rushed.  Take your time and allow yourself to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.

Make sure to pack snacks, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Stop at a local stand along the route and enjoy some fresh made banana bread. It will be like none other you’ve ever tasted!

To finish off your Hana Adventure, make sure you stop off in Paia. The town has some unique jewelry, art, and local boutiques. Great restaurants can also be found up and down the local strip!

Benefit Night Tonight In Paia!

Tonight, August 14th, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm come enjoy delicious flatbread from Flatbread Company in Paia! A portion of all sales during that timeframe will go to benefit Maui’s native birds.  Also taking place will be a small silent auction, local art for sale, and gift certificates!

Maui Flatbread Company is dedicated to helping community organizations such as Maui Forest Birds. Come by and show your support! It will be greatly appreciated!

Paia, Prettiest Town In Hawaii

Architectural Digest has put out The Prettiest Town In Every U.S. State. Paia took the honor for the state of Hawaii. To see the complete list, you can view the article here.