A Day in Paia, Hawaii
Paia Town is a reflection of its history as a booming sugar cane plantation town with its old plantation style wooden buildings still intact. If you want a laid-back experience, reminiscent of old Hawaii, away from the crowds of Lahaina and Kihei, you must take the opportunity to discover the other Maui in the town of Paia on the beautiful north shore.
A Quaint Little Beach Town
This hospitable community with breathtaking scenic views offers just about everything a traveler could seek. The quaint little beach town has an array of locally owned island shops, boutiques, local art galleries, terrific dining for all tastes, surfing, windsurfing and even an old fashion tattoo parlor. Award winning restaurants offer casual and full service dining with local and international culinary delights. All offer a warm welcome and friendly service, with an atmosphere unlike any other town on the island.
Where to Eat in Paia
With over 10 restaurants, all tastes should be met with an array of choices including coffee shops, delis, Pacific Rim, Continental, Mexican, crepes, Indian, Mediterranean and Vegetarian cuisine. Our favorite restaurant on Maui, Mama’s Fish House, can even be found in Paia. As well as, one of our favorite Maui pizzerias, Flatbread Company.
The Last Stop on the Road to Hana
If you are planning on taking a drive to Hana, you will want to be sure to make a stop in Paia. It’s the last stop for gas and main eateries along the way. This is the perfect place to stock up on food, beverages, and gas before getting back on the Road to Hana. Whether you are looking for a light snack, shave ice, a tropical drink or a full meal, Paia offers it all! Be aware, that the later it gets in the day this little town can get busy and it becomes more difficult to find a parking spot.
Hookipa Beach Park
Only a few minutes away you will find Hookipa Beach Park, the windsurfing capital of the world. Several professional competitions are held each year at Hookipa which attracts competitors from all over the world. With wave jumping and aerial flips that are not unusual to see, this is another must on your visit to Paia.
Paia is also known for its wonderful white sand beaches. Baldwin Beach Park has one of the most beautiful white sand beaches on Maui and offers free parking, full facilities, showers, and covered picnic area with BBQs. There is a lagoon area safe for all to swim, boogie board, and the perfect place to take the keiki (children). On weekdays, it is almost never crowded. Make sure to stop at Baldwin Beach when you are on Maui and don’t forget your camera!
When traveling to Maui, make time to visit one of our favorite towns on the island, Paia. With so much to see and do, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you ever been to Paia?
All photos are provided by our amazing photographer, Sara Sanger © 2013.