Colourful storefronts on Baldwin Avenue in Paia

Paia is a town on Maui's north shore. With much less concrete, no resorts and a number of beaches known for their huge waves, it has a different look and feel than the resort towns to the west and south.

Get in

The main road in and out of town is the Hana Highway (Highway 36). If coming from the airport in Kahului, head east on the Hana Highway and follow it for about 7-8 miles (11-13 km).

Get around

The center of town is the one stop light at the intersection of the Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue. Most of the shops and restaurants are within walking distance from here.


If you're not up for the swimming and surfing, just hanging out at the nearby beaches and watching the locals is good entertainment.

A little bit of wave action at Ho'okipa Beach near Paia


Many of the activities around Paia involve water and gear so if you need lessons or equipment, there are a number of shops in town that will do either or both. Waves tend to be biggest in the winter when the storm track is to the north of Maui.



Accommodation in Paia is mostly cottages, B&B's and guesthouses. In order to book, you will need to work through a local rental agent or contact the owners directly. Rates tend to be a bit cheaper than the more built-up resort areas (although not always).

Go next

Paia is well positioned if you want to go anywhere in Maui. Options include:

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