How to Spend a Perfect Day in Paia, Maui

Start your day with sunrise beach yoga followed by boutique shopping in Makawao, and end with stuffed fish at Mama’s Fish House.

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.

1:45 p.m.

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.]