Things to Do on Maui’s North Shore

Maui’s North Shore has a down-home vibe. It’s a place with primo surfing and windsurfing, stunningly beautiful rock-and-sand beaches and relaxed small towns. Visit bohemian Pāʻia, hippy-hub Haʻikū and cowboy-ish Makawao. Sunsets here are magical. Nō Ka Oi! (Enjoy!)

We’ve put together this guide to share some of the can’t-miss North Shore experiences available to you.

North Shore Maui Dining

Epicures and foodies will do well on the North Shore. Line up for the succulent fish ‘n chips at the always-buzzing Pāʻia Fish Market, a popular spot since the ‘80s. There’s Mana Foods, grocery store/community meeting spot, serving raw foods for grab-and-go meals or beach picnics; and Flatbread Company for creative wood-fire pizzas with Maui pineapple and kalua pork. Dine at Mama’s Fish House, an institution where classic cocktails and seafood are a must. Baked on Maui is the place in Haʻikū for breakfast: make room for the sizable fresh-baked cinnamon rolls or grilled focaccia sandwiches.

Visit Pāʻia Town

A small former 1870s plantation village, Pāʻia Town is authentic and funky. It’s filled with windsurfers, but also with a growing element of design, wellness and food-minded local entrepreneurs. Hit the beach for snorkeling, wave or kite surfing, then shop the lifestyle and fashion boutiques, surf shops and galleries, and sample the local craft brew and fresh-caught fish.

Head to Hoʻokipa

The world’s top windsurfers meet and compete at this renowned bay beach, which regularly delivers big waves in optimal form, plus consistent winds. Big wave surfers and kite boarders flock to Hoʻokipa as well. Other residents are the protected honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), which creep up onto the sand at sunset — truly a delight to witness. Explore the beach’s tide pools, teeming with sea creatures. If you can pull yourself away from the shore, you’ll find classic island hikes along the inland ridgelines and gulches.

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