North Shore Destination Guide
The laidback North Shore has a down-home vibe.
It’s a place with primo surfing and windsurfing, stunningly beautiful, quiet rock-and-sand beaches and relaxed small towns, among which bohemian Pā’ia, hippy-hub Haʻikū and cowboy-ish Makawao are the best known. Sunsets here are magical. Nō Ka Oi! (Enjoy!)
This small former 1870s plantation village 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.
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 Ho’okipa 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.
Pā’ia Epicures and foodies will do well on the North Shore. Go ahead and line up for the succulent fish ‘n chips at the always-buzzing Pā’ia Fish Market, a popular spot since the 80s (with new locations in Kīhei and Lahainā). 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, plus organic salads. 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 sizeable fresh-baked cinnamon rolls or grilled focaccia sandwiches, or really anything with the house bread.
Fairmont Kea Lani’s Concierge Team is always happy to provide additional information, insider tips or reservations and can be reached by email or phone at 1 808 875 4100 ext. 290.