Equal parts chill surfer hangout and hip bohemian enclave, tiny Paia anchors Maui’s north shore with more than its share of funky boutiques and go-to restaurants, while the farms and artisanal producers of the surrounding area have become a magnet for food-lovers.

7:30 a.m.

Photograph by Jonah Kest.

Nothing says Paia quite like sunrise beach yoga taught by Maui Yoga Shala.

9 a.m.

Photograph courtesy of Paia Inn.

At Paia Inn, take your coffee down to a lounge chair on the lawn and then fuel up with a parfait or avocado toast at the inn’s Vana restaurant.

9:45 a.m.

Photograph by Design Pics Inc/Alamy.

Head “upcountry” to savour the cowboy vibe in Makawao. The historic building facades in this tiny town look like a scene from a Western film. Poke around in the eclectic shops and don’t miss the doughnuts on a stick from T. Komoda Store & Bakery.

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Explore the fertile farming region of Kula, where everything from coffee beans to avocados are grown. Oo Farm’s weekday tour includes a fresh-picked lunch.

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Photograph by Nicole Glass/Shutterstock.

Enjoy the views by driving a stretch of the cliff-hugging Road to Hana—this scenic highway is more than 100 kilometres long.

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Chill out with hand-churned ice cream from Paia Gelato—go for the Big Island Macadamia Nut Coffee Crunch—and wander downtown Paia’s unique shops.

5:30 p.m.

Photograph by Debra Behr/Alamy.

Wind down your day at Hookipa Beach Park. Cheer on the windsurfers or go to the lookout to watch world-class surfers riding the Pacific waves.

7:30 p.m.

Photograph by Sergi Reboredo/Alamy.

Mama’s Fish House is hailed for putting Paia on the state’s food map. Order the catch of the day or the restaurant’s signature stuffed fish dish.

[This story appears in the November 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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