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  Maui -- Culture & Festivals
  You could be in Pa'ia just to wander around the streets and poke in the little shops and galleries. Take lots of money for the galleries, or just drool over the great art and island crafts. Maybe you'll want to splurge on a special treasure to remember your trip. If you don't find something here, you just might find it up the road (Baldwin Avenue) about five miles in Makawao. That's the place known for its art community, as well as some of the Upcountry homes of lots of Maui residents.

If you like poking around in markets and craft fairs, you'll have lots of opportunities on Maui. The Thursday newspaper has a section called 'Scene' that tells about all sorts of events for the coming week, including markets and fairs. I think the best one is the Swap Meet, which is not about real swapping, but is a market that has lots of local produce, flowers and baked goods, plus arts and crafts. Many of the local artists sell at the Swap Meet for a great percentage less than they ask for their things in retail stores. Ben Diller's lovely ceramic fish dishes are a very good value there. There are plenty of booths selling tee shirts, sarongs, beach towels, and the prices are good. The Swap Meet is on Saturday mornings in Kahululi.

There is some world-class shopping in Maui, too. If you like to browse and buy from the top-end shops, you have your choice of a half hour trip just beyond Lahaina to the resorts and shopping at Ka'anapali, or going the other direction for about 20 minutes to The Shops of Wailea. If you need a regular just-like-we-live-here shopping center, go north for about 15 minutes to the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahululi ( where you arrived at the airport). You'll also find Wallmart, Kmart and Costco in Kahululi.

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