Paia: North Shore
If you're looking for fun and the sun while experiencing eclectic style, Maui's North Shore is it. Probably the hippest small town on the island, Paia has both a local and international vibe. From young surfers to traveling retirees, this town has been known as a windsurf capital for many decades. Beginning as a sugar plantation camp over a hundred years ago, Paia has become one of the top destinations in the world.
It's a quaint bustling town filled with great places to eat. You can find a healthy delicious snack at Mana Foods, a fresh fish plate from Paia Fish Market or an international flavored meal from France or Brazil at one of the other restaurants. It's also relaxing to sit and enjoy a cool margarita at Milagros while people watching on the corner of Baldwin Ave. Or if you're visiting in the evening, be sure to stop by Charley's for some of their home-cooked food and live music.
There are many boutiques to find one of the kind pieces to take home or to gift someone with. From locally made swimsuits, jewelry and soaps to antiques and gemstone beads. Paia's got a treasure for everyone. It takes half a day walking about the area and taking it all in.
While on the North Shore, you must experience the legendary Mama's Fish House in Ku'au just before Ho'okipa Beach Park. Even if it's just for a cocktail while overlooking the water. It can be a little pricey but totally worth the experience. Surfers travel far to discover and experience some of the perfect wind conditions of the North Shore. I have spent many years on the North Shore, wind surfing and soaking in the salt and sun.
It's no wonder visitors decide they want to move to Maui after some time on the beach and experiencing the laid back lifestyle of island living.