In the 1880's, Paia became the most important community on the North Shore of Maui when the Alexander & Baldwin Company built the first sugar mill on the island just outside of town. The sugar industry pushed the population of Paia to over 10,000 residents during the 30's and 40's. At it's commercial "peak," the small town had multiple movie theaters, a hospital, hotels and more.
Though the 1950's saw a downturn for Hawaii's sugar industry, the Paia Mill optimistically continued operation for several decades, Sadly, the tide never changed, and in September of 2000, HC&S (Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar) closed the mill. After 120 years of service, what you see above is all that remains of Maui's first mill.