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On March 24, 2016 apprentice Polynesian navigator Kala Baybayan demonstrated the Hawaiian compass for the Paia Youth & Cultural Center students and community. If you are interested in Polynesian navigation on Maui, go to www.huiowaa.org. Check out our March activity YouTube Video for the association.
On behalf of the Paia Town Association, we would like to thank EVERYONE that came out to the Paia community mural on Friday, February 26 & 27. We would like to especially thank North Shore resident Angela Cochran for having a vision and for contacting the amazing John "Prime" Hina and his crew at 808Urban. We were honored to be included. The Paia Town Association purchased some of the paint supplies, and we are very proud of all the groups coming together in the name of art and collaboration. This is the very FIRST Maui public mural done by 808urban and it is part of the "living legacy" series. You can view this video, as well as other Paia Town Association videos on our YouTube channel.
On January 16 and 17, The Paia Youth & Cultural Center held its annual winter Beachfest 2016. Beachfest is a boogie boarding competition for all ages. This two day event brings out the best in the community. Many Paia merchants show their support by donating food, time, and/or money. The judges are PYCC alumni. It is a fun two days for both competitors and onlookers. The Paia Town Association live streamed the event on Periscope, therefore, people around the WORLD saw the event in real time. Congratulations to all the winners. Here is some footage from the event.
The 10th annual Paia Gives was held on Saturday, December 19th 2015. A special mahalo to Paia Elementary for caroling that evening. It's so cliche to say, but they truly sounded like angels. Here is a video of the students and their teachers caroling. Paia Gives is a day when merchants give back to their favorite charities by donating a portion of the days sales. Some of the recipients were the Maui Humane Society, Paia Youth & Cultural Center, and Laa Kea Farms to name a few. We hope everyone had fun and we're looking forward to planning next years Paia Gives.
Paia Merchants were featured on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Maui News. Here is the PDF of the article. Small Business Saturday is a nation wide movement to shop small and support local. Many stores extended their hours and had specials throughout the day. The Paia Town Association paid for the marketing and materials to promote Small Business Saturday.