ounded in 1870 by Samuel Alexander and Henry Baldwin, Paia was primarily a sugar plantation town built to support the growing industry on Maui. The original sugar mill is about a mile upcountry from Paia on Baldwin Avenue, but closed in 2000.


Today, Paia still has the plantation feel with its building and architecture, but it’s mostly known as the last major stop for gas and food as visitors drive to Hana. It’s an eclectic mix of locally-made gifts, Hawaiian crafts, surf shops, and restaurants.


The well known Charley’s restaurant is on Hana Hwy. and Willie Nelsonpaia town on maui hawaii can often be found there hanging out with his friends. Stop in and try the pancakes in the morning and the pizza in the evening.


Paia is about 10 minutes from the intersection of Hana Highway and Dairy Road and the entrance to the airport in Kahului. It sits on Hwy. 36, has just one stop light, and has a public parking area to your right as you approach the town.


Just north of Paia are two well-known Maui landmarks – Mama’s Fish House and Ho’okipa beach. Mama’s Fish House is annually recognized as one of the top dining experiences on Maui, and Ho’okipa beach is internationally known as a top wind surfing and kite boarding/surfing location.


paia on maui hawaiiAnother excellent restaurant in Paia is the Paia Fish Market. It’s on the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Hwy. at the only traffic light. It known for excellent fish and chips and fish tacos.


Paia (pah-e-ah) has a unique character to the town, and if you’re planning to drive to Hana you should stop either going or coming back and walk around this historic plantation town. If you’re not driving to Hana, take a few hours and make the short drive to Paia.


It’s a captivating surfing, hippie, casual, laid-back town with an paia on maui hawaiiassortment of shopping boutiques, art galleries, and island-wear clothing stores.


Try the gelato at Ono Gelato at the interesection of Hana Highway and Baldwin. It’s the only traffice light in Paia, so it’s hard to miss this place.


It’s a must-see town on Maui!

Aloha – Enjoy Maui!

Black Sand Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach

Beaches.  Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.  Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina.  Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite.  Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Big Beach is a favorite on the southwest side of Maui, along with Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach.

In Paia, there’s Baldwin Beach that is popular and Ho’okipa Beach is just past Paia.  Just before Hana is the famous Black Sand Beach.

La Perouse Bay is an incredible place to snorkel, swim and hike, and Po’olenalena Beach is a little hide-away beach in the Makena State Park area of southwest Maui.

Top 10 Lists.  Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants.  There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.

The Gazebo is one of Maui's top places for breakfast.

The Gazebo

Eating & Drinking.  Oh, yea.  You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui.  Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café.  For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.

There’s a lot of good burger places in Lahaina, along With Honu Seafood and Pizza and Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club.

In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and  Makawao Steak House.   Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.

Hookipa beach on the windward side of Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

Recent Posts!

Ever been in a rainforest?  Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest!  Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back.  Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!

Baldwin Beach near Paia on Maui, Hawaii.

Baldwin Beach

HDR photography on Maui, Hawaii.

Haleakala Crater

Baby Beach in Lahaina on Maui, Hawaii is a family friendly beach.

Baby Beach in Lahaina.

Honolua Bay is an incredible snorkel loaction on Maui, Hawaii.

Honolua Bay

La Perouse bay is a nice snorkel, swim and hike location on Maui, Hawaii.

La Perouse Bay

Sunset on Maui, Hawaii is an awesome, incredible experience on the island of Maui.

Incredible Maui Sunset

Shipwreck Beach on the island of Lanai across from Maui, Hawaii.

Shipwreck Beach on the island of Lanai

Black Rock is a great snorkel spot on Maui and good to see gian Sea Turtles.

Giant Sea Turtle At Black Rock

Welcome To Maui  Tourist Guide

Maui Travel Tips is a blog by SteveENJOY!  Living on Maui, I love to talk about this beautiful island.  I hope you enjoy my photography, and I love to provide first-hand information about Maui.  My hope is you feel the true Hawaiian “spirit of aloha” in everything you see and do on Maui.

HAVE FUN!  Take a look at the article categories, review my recent posts, and send me any questions or comments you might have.

I know you’ll love Maui — as much as I love her! 








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