Paia Elementary School remains considerably intact. The two main concrete classroom buildings are sited at a right angle to each other and open to the sloped playground supervision area. There are several wooden structures on the campus built in the late 1920s and 1930s, including a cafeteria constructed in 1936. No new buildings have been added since 1936. The areas of significance for Paia Elementary School relate to the developments of public education in Maui during the prewar era and the architecture of Maui’s public schools. It was the first all-English-speaking government school in Maui and the first school on Maui to build a housekeeping training cottage and teachers’ cottages.
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