We welcome the delegation from Japan
The Myoshinji delegation from Japan is coming for the combined Paia Hanamatsuri service and the 90 year anniversary of Rev. Okamoto’s arrival with the Myoshinji school in Hawaii. The service is Sunday April 2nd at 10 a.m. Lunch will be catered and you may bring deserts to share.
For many years Paia was a quiet, sleepy town. Not many people stopped in Paia except some tourists to see the small shops or fill gas before continuing on to Hana. It was a memory of the plantation times.
When the large parking lot was built next to the Shell station at the entrance of town, no one imagined the lot could be filled with cars. The Paia bypass going up to the new post office was only opened in the afternoons to help with the after-work rush hour traffic.
Nowadays, Paia is a year-round tourist hotspot. The parking lots are always full and the bypass road is always open for cars but it does little to help the traffic. From lunchtime on there is usually a long line of cars, not just coming from town, but also Kuau and Makawao, all driving into Paia. New development brings more people and traffic to this small part of the island. Driving to and from the temple takes more time and patience than before