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  • PaiaPro 2014
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    4 Jul 02, 2014

    Go here to watch the wind surfers. There is a nice vantage point where you can look out over the ocean. Be mindful of people trying to sell things in the parking lot. I am not exactly sure what they were trying to do, but feel lucky that I never found out.

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    Travis Katz
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    5 Apr 10, 2014

    If you want to hang with the locals and avoid the more touristy scenes in Maui, you need to go to the north shore. Paia is an old sugar cane town that's been taken over by a hippy-infused surf loving crew. Its a cute little town with several excellent restaurants, and is also the last real town you pass through on the road to Hana, so its a great place to grab a meal before you go. There is a great beach in town (Baldwin), you are close to world famous kite surfing and wind surfing (ho'okipa).

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    Danielle Johnson
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    5 Mar 20, 2014

    Been lucky to say that I lived in Paia (well, just right outside in the neighborhood area of "Ku'au" which is right along the Hana Highway). I could walk 3 minutes to all the conveniences that Paia has to offer; unique boutique shopping, the post office, a health food store, a plethora of dinning choices (from seared ahi burritos to crepes to fresh brick oven pizzas) and the best for last....the beach! Get a good taste of the eclectic, water sports frenzy, colorful and international melting pot that we all love, called Paia. Be sure to add this little town (only 1 traffic light!) on your 'must-sees'. Can spend most of the day here by enjoying the beach and then walking in town for lunch, pick up a few gifts and head on to your next adventure.

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    coconutgoddess
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    4 May 11, 2014

    Fun little touristy beach town. Pretty crowded but still nice to stroll through and grab a bite to eat.

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    Joanne Orion Miller
    4 Nov 06, 2013

    How could you not like Paia? Great shopping, superb food, and a wonderful grocery store. Life is good.

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    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Jun 20, 2013

    Paia is a great little beach town on the north shore of Maui. If you're planning on staying here, I'd suggest booking a condo at the cute Paia Inn. If you're not staying here, I'd suggest making a day trip over here. There are excellent restaurants, including Mama's Fish House, and a ton of cute boutiques. The beaches are great for windsurfing and it's much less touristy than Lahaina.

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    John Abdou
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    5 Apr 02, 2013

    Really enjoyed this town. Felt more authentic than the more tourist occupied areas of the island. Good restaurants and a great vibe.

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    Katie McMillan
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    5 Mar 16, 2013

    Paia is the most fun, colorful, and eclectic town on Maui! While a few name brand retaisl stores have moved in, most businesses are one of a kind. I love to sit at Cafe Des Amis's outdoor dining room and watch all of the people stroll by. Then I love to hit my favorite stores including Tamara Catz, LeTarte, and Maui Girl which in THE place to get a great bikini on Maui. Paia has numerous boutiques and many great restaurants. Charley's is one of the only night life spots on the North Shore. There is really something for everyone.

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    Sara Benson
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    4 Feb 27, 2013

    Maui's small surf town hub on the North Shore, Paia is a place that most day trippers just breeze through on their way to Hana. But it's also a perfect place to base yourself for your entire island sojourn. Vacation rentals cottages, houses and apartments abound both near the beach and up in the green hillsides near the farms of Haiku.

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    Chris Kompst
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    5 Oct 16, 2012

    On the way to Hana this is a neat town to spend some time. There are good restaurants, coffee shops and lots of art galleries to explore. The shops are trendy but its more local than Wailea or Kaanapali. The beach is calmer than Ho'okipa but has good waves.

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    Smiley Smilley
    4 Oct 12, 2012

    If you love beaches Paia is the perfect nice and quite place to go. I've been there very valuable place for me.

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    Marilyn Lopes
    5 Jun 16, 2014

    One of the old sugar cane towns on Maui. It was once a town of ten thousand people, but after the tsunami in 1946 wiped out half the town they moved the people to Kahului. Now it's a beautiful town of boutiques and restaurants and the beach culture. Wind surfers made it popular in the 80's. The Sugar mill in upper Paia was closed down about ten years ago. Just a few more miles north is the amazing H'okipa Beach Park . (The Wind Surfing Capital of the World)

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    Tiffany Melone "@GogobotSD"
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Eat at Mama's Fish House, Moana Cafe, Cafe Des Amis or Flatbread Pizza. Shop at Alice in Hulaland, Aloha Bead Company, Letarte Swimwear, Maui Girl and Pakaloha Bikinis. Don't leave without some amazing Gelato from Ono Gelato Co LLC. I promise, it's worth the calories!

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    ualfadawn
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Central-This is a quaint, artsy town that's a must,especially if going onto the Road to Hana. Make sure you have lunch at the Fish Market restaurant

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    Kris Kramer
    5 Mar 10, 2013

    i love beings a tourists !

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    Tina Wong
    4 Jan 20, 2013

    Very chill!

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    5 Dec 09, 2012
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    Efrenila Paet
    4 Oct 08, 2012

    Love Paia, reminds me somehow of the Philippines.

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    Patrick Miller
    4 Sep 22, 2012

    Cool little town with alot of character

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    oshaked
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    nice little hippie town for walking around and eating. stock up there if headed to hana

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4.5 out of 5
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Paia is a small town on the northern coast of the island of Maui, Hawaii. It used to be a booming sugar cane plantation town, and still has colorful wooden plantation-style buildings, but is now an incredibly laid back hippy-artist beach town. Baldwin Beach Park has one of the most beautiful white sand beaches on the whole of the island, and doesn’t usually get too crowded at weekends. Nearby ... read more
Hookipa Beach Park is known as “the windsurfing capital of the world,” and holds a number of international competitions throughout the year. Kite surfing is also popular, and even if you aren’t a surfer yourself, it’s worth going along to watch as the pros pull flips amongst the raging surf. And if all this still sounds like too much hard work, the Fish Market is a good place to grab a fish burger to munch on whilst you wander around town and check out the boutique shops and galleries.

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