Paia Town, Maui

Posted by Blue Skies Travel on 30 November 2012 | 0 Comments

Located on the island of Maui, Paia Town was once a huge plantation area during the historical sugar cane industry. It is the last town on the Hana Highway when heading towards Hana.

The town was booming during the sugarcane height but quickly died down afterwards in the 1950s. In the 1960s it came alive again as "hippies" began to repopulate Paia Town. Today it is a mecca of painters, musicians, surfers and chefs. Every fourth Friday the downtown area comes alive with live music, street side art for sale and mouth watering food.

Paia Town also offers some of the best windsurfing known in the world. The waves are huge and exciting, even more so during the wintertime. Surfers also collect here to catch some waves as well. It is home to the famous "Jaws" wave, a wave that can be over 70 feet high and gather speeds up to 30 mph.

Like the rest of Maui, Paia Town offers the lush greenery and beautiful beaches. Unlike most of Maui, it is not heavy on tourists. Locals are welcoming and will quickly make friends with you. There are no high rises or luxury hotels. Instead there are historical, charming buildings painted bright colors.