-by Jessica Wei
Paia has come far from its beginnings as a sugarcane plantation town. Many of the wooden buildings still stand, but they’ve all received several new coats of paint in much brighter colors. This vibrant, artistic little community on the resort island of Maui is home to local art galleries, sleepy inns, unique seafood restaurants and, of course, beaches. Unlike many of the resort towns sprinkled all over Hawaii, Paia is welcoming without being too over the top; beautiful without having to try. The natural white sand beaches and sharp thrust of the wind make for scenic surfing conditions for a fun daytime activity, while the whimsical and friendly town center hugs the shore. Located just 15 minutes from Kahului Airport, Paia is perfect for travelers who want to escape a little further.
The widely-hailed “home of contemporary surfing” is situated on the North Shore of Maui, drawing surf fanatics all over the world to its shores all year round. Ho’okipa is most hopping in during the winter when the already impressive waves swell to their most ideal. A frequent host to events like the Aloha Classic and the Red Bull surfing competitions, this 8.4-square mile white-sand beach is a huge hit with windsurfers.
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About Jessica Wei: Jessica Wei is a features writer for Hopper.com, a Boston-based travel startup dedicated to bringing the joy and inspiration back into travel planning. Visitors can find more articles from the Hopper editorial team at HopperBlog.com or on Hopper’s Facebook page.