Aloha Friday from Paia Maui - sugar cane train mural

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

Aloha Friday from Paia Maui - sugar cane train mural

A hark back to days long gone by now, when sugar cane dominated the landscape and there was a railroad on Maui.  It's a nice painting on the side of an old building in the little seaside town of Paia.  Paia was once a busy hub of industry, with a sugar mill and a large population of workers.  That's Haleakala - House of the Sun - in the background.

 Paia Maui - sugar cane train mural

It doesn't look quite like this anymore on our lovely island of Maui, but many of us can remember those days.  Looking ahead, we have no idea what will take shape in the next few years.

Now is the time when we can all practice ALOHA.  For the time being, please stay home and let's all do our part to keep everyone safe from the Corona virus. 

If you happen to be looking for a home in Paia - search the MLS for Paia homes here.

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
26 Baldwin Ave, Paia HI 96779
E-mail or call/text: 808 283-0635

Comments (15)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Georgie,  Thanks for sharing a bit about the sugar cane train mural.  So much rich history there.

Mar 27, 2020 09:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved the post and the illustration, reminded me of my Grandfather, he worked in a Sugar Beet Factory in Hungary a hundred years ago:)Endre

Mar 27, 2020 10:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Aloha, Georgie - it can be nice to look back at see how life was in the past especially with a mural depicting such a scene.  

Mar 28, 2020 05:38 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is such a beautiful scene!  I hope that you are keeping yourself healthy through this time.

Mar 28, 2020 05:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful mural, Georgie. I really love it and wish I could see it for myself. Meantime, trust you are staying safe and well. Aloha!

Mar 28, 2020 06:26 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Aloha, Georgie. Yes, now is not the time to visit Hawaii. Stay home people and let's get this damn virus under control. D 

Mar 28, 2020 06:50 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

PS. Didn't I read that visitors to Hawaii have to remain in quarantine for two weeks? That pretty much eats up vacation time, I would guess. Same for Alaska, I think. 

Mar 28, 2020 06:57 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Don't forget the fines for leaving your room, plus jail time. I spoke with my friend from Craig Alaska and he says the have the same quarantine going on and it is very serious...

Apr 05, 2020 09:28 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My kids use to look forward to riding the Sugar Cane Train out of Lahaina. They often would know all the songs by heart that they would be serenaded to as they rode the rails, so to speak. 
I know that isn't the full history of the train but my kids will always remember that was a part of their vacation...

Happy Saturday Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 

Mar 28, 2020 07:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Georgie,  wow what a great history lesson to have about the train.  I am sure your place is also stay at hom as Colorado is.


Mar 28, 2020 08:47 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love that mural and love how it expressed the feeling of Maui.  On our first anniversary we flew to Hawaii, and spent a part of the trip in Maui, on the Lahaina we prefer the Kihei side, not as crowded or popular.  A

Mar 28, 2020 11:25 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sometimes progress can be considered bittersweet. I think about that regularly.

Mar 28, 2020 12:35 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks for all your nice comments.  Yes we are staying home and playing it safe.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Yes all arrivals are required to self quarantine for 14 days.  Many hotels have already shut down.  Haleakala and other parks are closed.  It wouldn't be much of a vacation.  It's a shame that the airlines are offering $100 fares to people, and people are actually buying them at this time.  The general sentiment from people here is "please don't visit Hawaii".

Mar 28, 2020 02:23 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

People need to stop visiting-period. Stay the hell home. :) 

Apr 06, 2020 08:39 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Joe Pryor It's kind of obvious that there are too many people in this world, and too much air travel.  Maybe that's not the kind of progress we need.

Mar 28, 2020 02:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - What a gorgeous mural. It's so beautiful and energizing to look at too! I have never been to Maui but this photo tells a great story about the history of once upon a time...

We need stories like this to remember and learn from our past. Sugar is sweet. So are good stories from our past. I love the colors, the details, and the scene. It give me peace. 

Thank you! You gave me more happiness today which compares to nothing else today. Thank you!

Apr 05, 2020 09:15 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


Thanks for sharing this image. I remember taking a photo of this mural in Paia years ago.

Apr 22, 2020 09:16 AM