If you’re nostalgic for your hippy days, then tuck a hibiscus blossom behind your ear and escape to the easygoing beachfront village of Paia. Swaying to its own waves on the north coast of Maui, your next vacation destination is dripping with salty sea mist and neighborhood charm, from colorful indie storefronts on Hana Highway to close-knit community vibes. Don’t expect to see sky-scraping hotels in Paia. Instead, get a good night’s sleep in a cozy yet luxurious inn and roll out of bed in time for morning meditation before taking your surfboard to the beach.
From the moment you first wear a lei around your neck, Paia feels like a delightful throwback from the era of free love and flower children. Hugging the coast just 8 miles east of Kahului Airport (OGG), the district is very walkable, but driving along the coast with the top down and the wind on your skin is part of the experience. So don’t think twice about selecting one of our classic car rentals in Paia. We aren’t kidding about the strong Pacific breezes— Paia is caught in the cross-currents of the “World Capital of Windsurfing." You can keep your heartrate set at “Om" on the sand at Ho'okipa Beach Park, or soar across the water on a longboard. In this peaceful setting— yes, whipping winds can be peaceful— embrace the local love for good karma. Take some time away from the waves to meditate at the Dharma Center— a Tibetan Buddhist hideaway where you can wash the world away without even getting your hair wet. Bask in the afterglow of a good day and rest up for another in peaceful Paia hotels.
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