I’ve driven through Paia town before, hoping we could make a pit stop and window shop. Today that little dream became a reality and I spent the whole day exploring the gem that is Paia. Located on the north shore of Maui, Paia is the raddest town I ever did see. Good vibes, big waves, delicious pizza, vegan options galore, and hippie dippie treasures all around. Every store is painted a different color and every store and restaurant is amazing. What more could you need?
I started the day by driving up to Ho’opika lookout for some pacific eye candy. This side of the island is windy so the waves are stellar. This lookout is a must see. You can sit up here and soak in the gorgeous views and watch wind surfers do their thing. I also made friends with the local cows who live on better ocean view property than I could ever dream of having. Whoever said happy cows come from California is so wrong. Hawaii is where its at.
After a little lookout time we headed over to Paia town where I fell in love. Every time I travel I find a cute little beach town that I decide I want to live in. This time it was Paia. It had a total beach bum, vegan hippie, farmers market, laid back vibe so I felt right at home in my element. This place had everything you could ever need. Cute beach and bikini shops, amazing murals, the most delicious and healthy pizza I have ever eaten, and so much more.
We ate at Flatbread Company, known for their all natural pizza. I ordered the vegan pizza, but added some cheese as I was sharing with others and had to find a common ground. This place not only has a great atmosphere but the people are so nice and the food is incredible. I will definitely be returning for some more pizza goodness. We also ordered a little garden salad which was so fresh. The pizza is thin crust and a little crispy – just the way I like it. If you are ever in town you gotta try this place!
After pizza we walked around and did some window shopping. I found the cutest little inn where I might just have to stay next time I come here. I also discovered Cafe Mambo which I have never eaten at but it looks delish (another reason I need to return). There are also the cutest souvenir and jewelry shops, clothing boutiques (including one that sells “super duper cute headbands”), and a San Lorenzo bikini shop (their bikinis are like butter and the designs are killer but they are a little too bootylicious for me. Brazilian bottoms and too-small tops. Sad times). The only purchases I made were a Hawaiian license plate (score!!) and two hats. One trucker had that reads “had me at aloha” and a big straw sun hat from the mens section so I can protect myself on the sunnier days of summer. Also it’s the perfect hat for moving the lawn. Haha.
As you can probably tell by now, I am totally in love with Paia town. I had the best day here and can not wait to come back. If you are ever on Maui this is a must see, must do. It’s on the Hana highway and its a beautiful drive over. I would recommend spending a day here because there’s a lot to do and the beach is five minutes away. Take a little time and explore. Get lost in this little slice of hippie heaven and you may just end up finding yourself. Or at least a rad souvenir and bite to eat. Mahalo Paia town for such a good time!