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This quaint town en­joys sta­tus as one of the top wind­surf­ing des­ti­na­tions in the world. At nearby Hookipa Beach Park — host of the an­nual Aloha Clas­sic Wave Cham­pi­onships, the crown jewel of wave sail­ing events — sail­board­ers per­form com­plex aerial ma­neu­vers. Not sur­pris­ingly, Paia boasts at least a dozen surf shops, along with a wide range of grungy-chic cafes, juice bars and ve­gan restau­rants plus shops sport­ing hemp-made prod­ucts, East In­dian im­ports and funky gal­leries.


With its mild cli­mate, fer­tile soil, graz­ing lands and di­verse botan­i­cals, Up­coun­try has be­come the Maui version of Napa. Up­coun­try is where bou­tique food em­po­ri­ums and the is­land’s for­ward-think­ing chefs get top-qual­ity or­ganic in­gre­di­ents from area farm­ers.


The pop­u­lar South Maui des­ti­na­tion is a land of posh re­sorts, man­i­cured golf cour­ses, up­scale re­tail, din­ing and, one can con­fi­dently say, the is­land’s best beaches. Enjoy ex­panses of im­mac­u­late sand and ul­tra-marine wa­ters with sway­ing palm trees nearby. There is prime snor­kel­ing and un­ri­valled views of Ka­hoolawe and Molokini, while the coastal walk be­tween Mokapu and Polo Beaches (from the Re­nais­sance Beach Re­sort to the Fair­mont Kea Lani) is a great way to ex­pe­ri­ence the beaches and restau­rants .

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