Paia, Maui

Paia town center

Today we started with no plan at all. We had a bit of a late start due to last night’s luau in Lahaina, and so just decided to jump in the car and drive until we found somewhere to stop.

Hawaii key hook

My Hawaii key hook (I added the hooks)

Some of our party had been to Paia in the days prior, so we decided to check it out. After around an hour of driving from Lahaina, we found ourselves in the laid back embrace of one of Maui’s most picturesque towns.

To any Australians reading this, I would compare Paia to Byron Bay in the 90s. Certainly hip, definitely cool, but not as commercialised as Byron is now.

There are a terrific range of shops, ranging from the run-of-the-mill Hawaiian shirts, to more one of a kind art pieces and clothing. Elyse bought a lovely dress, and I managed to find a very Hawaiian key hook, which had been one of my main goals for the trip

We had a wonderful meal at Cafe Mambo and we actually waited on by an Australian who’d been in Maui for a few years. She was originally from Queensland too, just like us!

If you’re on Maui, then you must check out Paia. We hope to come back to Maui one day, and if we do I reckon we’ll probably spend more time in Paia, and even stay here for part of the trip. The photos below don’t do the town justice at all. Have I mentioned yet that I forgot to bring my camera on one of the most scenic holidays we’ve ever done? Yes, shame on me, relying on my phone for holiday snaps…

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