Maui: all I can say is WOW! This is my second time traveling to Maui and I truly am convinced the experience gets better each time! I went with my boyfriend and we spent a total of 11 days in the Aloha state. Maui is such a coveted destination for travelers all over the world. Maui specifically, is known for being the most nature-forward of all the islands on Hawaii! From the fresh seafood, to the stunning hikes, to the incredible beaches, I felt like I was in a dream that I never wanted to wake up from! This was one of my longest trips to date, so there is an extensive amount of content to match! There is so much to see in Paia, and I've rounded up the must-see spots!
shopping & exploring
Makawao: This is a small historic town next to Paia! We drove through it multiple times to get to Haiku, but did not have enough time to walk around. There were many shops and restaurants we saw via car, and its a place you can explore if you have time!
Mahina: This clothing store is one of the many shops in Paia, but has the exact style preferences I love! I browsed the shop while I was there and picked up a pair of earrings.
Paia Fish Market restaurant: There are multiple locations of this restaurant, but this is the original one! We ordered fish & chips and shrimp pasta on the first outing. Then we were told that the best item to order is the Obama burger, part of their secret menu! We went back to try it and loved it– highly recommend! This is a walk-in only restaurant.
Paia Bowls: A cute little acai bowl joint on the outskirts of the main street in Paia. The lush decor was so stunning! Since we saw that the bowls were pretty large, we ordered one to share. They have 3-4 rotating staple mixes. The one we got was tasty and refreshing, especially in the heat that day!
Flatbread Company: an all-american restaurant that serves up great pizza and flatbread! We ordered a pizza to share and some cocktails! Reservations are not required here.
Hana Bay Picnic Co: This is a sandwich shop that serves up hearty and tasty sandwiches! It was highly rated and we got some here to take to our picnic!
Mama’s Fish House: A phenomenal restaurant! Situated on the Paia waterfront, this establishment is known for their beautiful ocean views and delicious food. They served up the best Mai Tai I’ve ever had! They also have a celebrity’s wall dedicated to the notable patrons who’ve dined there! Reservations are required and they book up one month in advance! Book through opentable!
Ho’okipa Beach: This beach is known for frequent turtle sightings! It is a quiet and calm beach and we had a picnic here one day!
Slaughterhouse Beach: We did not get to go here but heard great things about this beach!
Cafe Mambo: A small cafe that had a fun happy hour on the day we were rained in! They also sell artwork and jewelry and I picked up a pair of earrings!
Milagro’s: We came here for drinks after dinner! It is a small, cozy interior with a dedicated and friendly staff that took care of us! They had a great drink selection!
Paia Bay Coffee Bar: This place is both a cafe and a bar! We went during their happy hour and had some drinks and listened to the open mic performances! They have the cutest patio!
I hope you enjoyed my post and found it helpful for your upcoming trip! Please comment thoughts and questions below, and share with your friends and family! Thank you for your continued support!