Historic Hale: Makawao Union Church

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Built in 1916, this iconic place of worship is nestled on Baldwin Avenue in between Makawao and Pa’ia.  It’s intricate stone exterior and carefully curated stained glass windows take you a walk down a lane from another era. It holds a place on the National Register of Historical Places and is a memorial for Henry Perrine Baldwin. The grounds are lovely, the people are friendly and the visual & spiritual experiences are unforgettably   melodic.

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MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH

1445 Baldwin Avenue

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SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: SPORTING CLUB OF THE PACIFIC

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Question: Who’s got one of the prettiest (not to mention delicious) Acai Bowls on the North Shore of Maui?

Answer: Sporting Club of the Pacific

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Located on the Mauka side of Hana Highway at the entrance to Pa’ia, Sporting Club of the Pacific is tucked away right behind the charming Puka Puka, next to Aloha Bead Company. It’s an eclectic mix of healthy snacks, cold pressed juices, coffees as all as surfboards and more.

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The planter / garden wall had us smitten and wanting one of our very own. Such a creative and classy way to grow your very own greens in an area with limited space.

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The outdoor seating area is sunshiny, beachy and comfy and everything you think a juice bar in Pa’ia should be (and more).

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Their food and drinks are pretty, delicious, healthy, provide for an unlimited amount of colorful and swoon worthy IG opportunities and perfect after an epic surf sesh.

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SPORTING CLUB OF THE PACIFIC

43 Hana Highway

Open Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday Closed

Shop Around the Corner: Ku’au Store

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If you’ve ever driven through Pa’ia and continued down Hana Highway, there’s no way you could have missed this iconic row of surfboards long the makai (oceanside) of the road.  You are moments away from the legendary, the iconic, Ku’au Store.  Formally known and beloved as Ku’au Mart, this eatery was established in 1942.  It sat idle for a few years but was recently re-enegerized with new life, new paint, and new food!

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Ku'auMart5Their offerings include paninis, plate lunches, wraps, poke, smoothies, fresh pressed juices, an array of coffee beverages, local fruits, veggies and snacks as well as the local ‘mart’ fare that you would expect.

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It’s the perfect spot to stop and have lunch or to grab and go.  There are minimal table and chairs outside as well as the coveted wooden hightop right near the door which we envy every time we visit and which is why we think this shop is worthy of a post here (along with the rest of the charming details i.e. handwritten colorful chalkboards, light details, surfboard wall and more).

Next time you’re in Pa’ia and looking for a charming, quick, easy lunch spot- this is the place!

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And P.S. Did I mention the food is ‘ono!?!

KU’AU STORE

701 Hana Highway

Open Daily, 6:30am – 7:00pm