The final stop before the Hana Highway, Pā'ia was once a plantation town; today it’s a boho enclave full of galleries, independent boutiques, lazy cafés, and a Tibetan Buddhist stupa (place of meditation). Stock up on fuel for exploring at Mana Foods: Like Doctor Who's TARDIS, this indie health-food store is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. (It also has a shockingly vast selection at reasonable prices.) Other highlights include Mahina, often voted Maui's best boutique, and the funky soaps, jewelry, clothes, and Hawaiiana of Alice in Hulaland. Downshift at Baldwin Beach Park, the best for bodyboarding and swimming. Then drive out to Ho'okipa Lookout (before the Mile 9 marker) to marvel at the massive breakers in winter or advanced windsurfers streaking across the sea almost all year round.
The final stop before the Hana Highway, Paia was once a plantation town; today it's a boho enclave full of galleries, independent boutiques, lazy cafés and a Tibetan Buddhist stupa, or place of meditation. It also has great spots for beach lovers, including Baldwin Beach Park, best for bodyboarding and swimming in the lagoon off its baby beach. Hookipa Beach Park, however, is one of the best places on the North Shore to watch big wave surfing on the grand swells.