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Posted on Jun 19, 2013 | 14 comments

A Day in Paia, Hawaii

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.


Paia Post Office.
Drew took a picture! YAY!

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.


Flatbread Company in Paia has some of the best pizza 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.


Taking in all the beauty at Baldwin Beach.
© sara sanger 2012

Baldwin Beach

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!


Drew on Baldwin Beach.
© sara sanger 2012


Kimmy boogie boarding at Baldwin Beach.
© sara sanger 2012

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.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. I’m definitely going to check out Mama’s Fish House when I go to Hawaii!!! I ADORE that photo of you with the flower in your hair!!! Gorgeous Kimmy!
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    • Thanks, Anna! I wear flowers in my hair a lot. Mama’s is wonderful. I recommend going at lunch instead of dinner for it to cost a bit less.
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  2. Okay, I have a huge bone to pick with you. Every single picture of you is so adorable! You have to stop. You are making the rest of us feel inferior. ;)

    Love the look of this little town. If I ever get to Hawaii again, you are going to be my go-to guide.
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    • Aww, Jessica. That’s so sweet to say. I promise, I’m not always adorable. But, I will warn you now, you might get a little sick when I post some of our wedding pictures. ;)

      I’d love to be your go-to guide for Hawaii!
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  3. Hey,
    Thanks for sharing about Maui! We’ll we there for some time of our honeymoon 3-23 Feb. What’s the best area to stay on Maui? Is Lahaina area really touristy and overcrowded?
    My husband and I are both into photography and great food. And whale watching, too, is certainly on our top list of things to do. I love surfing and hope to inject surf bug into my hubby as well but not sure he’d be into surfing the waves 24/7… Thanks in advance for advice! Ene&Graham

    • Aloha, Ene. Lahaina is touristy. Our favorite places to stay on Maui are Hana, Paia, and Kihei. Hana being the most mellow with the least people and Kihei being the busiest of the 3. They all have their pros and cons. These three places, as well as the Road to Hana and the road past Kihei to the end of the island, all happen to be our favorite places to photograph, as well.

      If you like great food, I highly recommend Mama’s Fish House. Be sure to make a reservation and let them know you are there for your honeymoon.

      Here’s who we recommend for whale watching-

      If you have any questions or would like to know anything else on Maui, please done hesitate to ask. Congratulations on your marriage.


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