The Bliss List: Paia, Maui
Paia Inn Hotel, recently renovated by owner-architect Michael Baskin, has five stylish rooms radiating from a communal living room—and a patio that attracts the likes of Owen Wilson (808/579-6000, paiainn.com, from $169).
Willie Nelson isn't the only regular at Charley's, a diner cum saloon with breakfast options such as whole-wheat pancakes paired with coconut syrup, locally grown coffee—and beer (808/579-9453, charleysmaui.com, pancakes $6.25). Locals flock to Jacques North Shore for sushi, like the Hawaiian roll, with tuna, avocado, cucumber, and macadamia nuts (808/579-8844, $10).
Cheap and cheerful Flatbread (808/579-8989, flatbreadcompany.com) is where to be for pau hana, a.k.a. happy hour, while Mama's Fish House has Maui's best mai tai (808/579-8488, mamasfishhouse.com, $16).
Argentine designer Tamara Catz sells chic, laid-back resort wear in her self-named shop (808/579-9184, tamaracatz.com). Lilikoi Beauty carries Hawaii-made skin care products like the Ola Hawaiian Coconut Bath Soak, which comes in a real coconut (808/579-6055, lilikoibeauty.com, $29).
Stand-up paddling, a mix of surfing and kayaking, is easy—and fun. Local legend Maria Souza gives two-hour lessons for groups of up to four (808/579-9231, standuppaddlesurfschool.com, from $159).