Paia

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

Aloha from Hawaii!

My family and I landed on Maui on Monday and so far we have been exploring the island and talking about what activities we want to do. I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people telling me to visit Hana, so perhaps we will do just that!

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

(of course I had to wear my tourist shirt for the occasion. ya know)

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

The last time we visited Maui (a year and a half ago), we all liked an area called Upcountry, so we took a drive there. Yesterday we visited Paia. It’s on the beach, so it’s got the whole beach-scene vibe going on, but it’s not the trashy beach-scene vibe if you know what I mean. It’s like the Hawaiian version of Berkeley, California. Paia is also kind of off the beaten path, so it’s not as commercialized as other cities. I can definitely live here. We also ate at Cafe des Amis, a Mediterranean and Indian Restaurant, which had TONS of gluten free and vegetarian/vegan options. I was in heaven.

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

Drinking fresh coconut water straight out of a coconut was on my Hawaiian bucket list. My mom saw a fruit stand selling coconut on the side of the road. Bucket list item checked.

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

I know it’s really weird to take pictures inside of a grocery store, but this was a really awesome grocery store: Mana Foods.

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

As for today, the day started off like this. Not a bad way to start the day. Then we went to Surfing Goat Dairy and we just got back. I took SO MANY pictures (and a video) at the goat farm, but I’ll save those for another day.

We also booked the Haleakala Sunrise Tour. Our pickup time is 3:00 am in the morning, which means we have to wake up at 2:00 am to be ready! The tour bus drives to the top of Mount Haleakala in time to view the sunrise. We hemmed and hawed at booking this tour, but looked at some reviews, and most people said the sunrise is worth it. So folks, it better be worth it. (I’m a morning person, but seriously 2:00 am?). I guess it’s just one of those things you gotta do once to take pictures of and check off your bucket list, ya know?

paia - drifter and the gypsy blog
paia - drifter and the gypsy blog

Have you ever been to Maui? Let me know if you have any suggestions of what we should do/where we should go!

I’m also posting my travel adventures on Instagram, so make sure you follow me there for more Hawaii pictures.

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    9 Responses to “Paia”

    1. merredee says:

      This looks amazing! Fresh young coconuts are one of my favourite things of all time. So good :)

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    2. Jen says:

      Aloha! I live in Upcountry & absolutely love it! Some more places you may want to explore: the Makawao Forest Reserve, Ho’okipa (surf spot) & try Cafe de Amis in Paia if you haven’t already :)

      PS Mana us the best!

    3. Beth says:

      Hey Lady, my dad and step mom are in Maui right now, too!
      He stepped on an urchin yesterday and had 7 barbs taken out of his toes, opted for soaking in vinegar over the other option : )
      Paia is def like Berkeley! Dad and Val did road to Hana on Tuesday, shopped Wednesday, and are doing a boat snorkel tour today, then helicopter on Friday. I bet your paths are crossing and you don’t even know it. He’s a big muscly bald dude in his 50′s. : ) Have fun!!

      • micaela says:

        Ha, that’s so neat! And ouch, a sea urchin. Man that sounds painful! I stepped on a sharp rock on the beach and I thought that hurt. I remember one time my dad got stung by a jellyfish. I was around 7 years old and thought it was the greatest thing watching my dad run around like a loon on the beach in pain ;)

    4. Sarah says:

      Go to Hana!
      Camping in Hana was such an Incredible Opportunity. We hiked the 7 pools barefoot in the rain. It was surreal. I can’t talk it up enough. Just go. : )

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