ACCOMMODATION MAUI - SPRECKESLVILLE, NORTH SHORE
Between 1878 and 1882 sugar baron Claus Speckles purchased of 41,000 acres in and around Wailuku, Maui. He built Spreckelsville east of what is now Kahului and constructed a $4 million sugar mill, creating the world's most modern, efficient, and biggest sugar factory. His innovations set the direction for Hawai'i's sugar planters and included steam plows, electric lights, railroads for hauling cane, and controllable irrigation.
The baron eventually sold his interests in the mill and left Hawaii, long before the the mill itself was removed. Development followed and today Spreckelsville is an upscale, laid back beachside neighborhood just west of Paia. Maui Country Club and Baby Beach with its protective reef, make this area especially attractive for locals and visitors alike. There are some fantastic vacation rentals available in Spreckelsville.