Paia Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%Family Travelers
- 81%Local Culture
- 65%Budget Travelers
- 65%Luxury Travelers
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- PaiaJul 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.
- PaiaMember ofBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversApr 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).Recommended for:
- PaiaMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 7Mar 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.
- PaiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jun 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.Recommended for:
- PaiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Mar 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.
- PaiaMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersFeb 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.
- PaiaMember ofArt & Design LoversOct 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.
- PaiaJun 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)
- PaiaCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 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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