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Maui's One-Stoplight Town

Emily Nathan Down Home Hawaii

Photo: Emily Nathan

Let the tourists on the Maui resort treadmill have Wailea and Kapalua. Families seeking to kick back in true island style take the Hana Highway straight to Paia. Read the article

Destinations: Hawaii · Maui · Paia

Inspired by: Exploring Hawaii’s Paia — by Alex Salkever, Published Nov. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    Chameleon Vacation Rentals Maui

    Owner Donna Stafford began renting eco-friendly accommodations in 2001, and her cottages, houses, apartments, and B&Bs range from smaller lodgings

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    Hawaii's Best Rentals

    Based in Haiku, this company organizes property rentals in numerous destinations throughout Hawaii, including Lanikai on Oahu, Wailea on Maui, and

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Restaurants (4)

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    Paia Fish Market Restaurant

    Unremarkable from the outside, Paia Fish Market occupies half of a long, wooden building that's home to a general store. Inside, posters of tides a

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    Anthony's Coffee Co.

    Located in the typical Hawaiian version of a strip mall, Anthony's is tightly packed with a few small wooden tables and rows of wooden shelves on t

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    Mama's Fish House

    On its own coconut-grove cove on the island’s northern shore, Mama’s has been one of Maui’s most celebrated restaurants since it opened in 1973, bu

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    Flatbread Company

    Located in a one-story wooden building, the Flatbread Company in Paia is known for its use of organic ingredients from local farms. Under the corru

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Activities (8)

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    HST Windsurfing and Kitesurfing School

    Pro windsurfer Alan Cadiz founded HST in 1985, and as the name suggests, it specializes in teaching windsurfing and kitesurfing, along with paddleb

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    Hana Hwy Surf

    This venue is closed.

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    Tamara Catz

    Women’s clothing designer Tamara Catz moved to Maui with her husband, surfing champion Francisco Goya, and began designing her own lines in 2000. A

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    Simmer Hawaii

    Simmer Sails, located in Paia in northern Maui, has been producing windsurfing gear for over 25 years; the equipment is tested at Ho'okipa beach an

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    Mana Foods

    Located in an old clapboard building in Paia, Mana Foods is a health food store that offers organic, international, and gourmet foods and health ca

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    Hookipa Beach Park

    Hookipa Beach Park on the north shore of Maui, near the former plantation town of Paia, is famous worldwide for its windsurfing and kitesurfing, an

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    Baldwin Beach Park

    Baldwin Beach Park, on the north shore of Maui and just west of the plantation town Paia, is a noted destination for bodyboarding and bodysurfing.

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    T. Komoda Store & Bakery

    Since 1916, the Komoda family has taken the flavors of Upcountry Maui — like guava and coconut — and rolled them into handmade pastries. The bakery

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