Paia is sometimes called “Maui’s Hippie Haven”, and if you make this charming town one of your stops as you set off for Hana, you will see why.  Paia is known for its relaxed vibe, and it is also famous for a more practical reason – it’s the last place to get gas until you arrive in Hana!  Paia is officially the first stop on the Road to Hana and it is a great place to start your day.  We especially love Sand & Sea for Maui made gifts at great prices.  It’s located right next to the Chevron station, and has cool tikis and even Hawaiian Christmas ornaments.  Oh, and while you’re at it you might as well grab a box lunch from Hana Picnic Lunch Company.  With all the hiking and swimming you’re about to do, trust us – it won’t go to waste!  All in all, Paia is the perfect first stop for your Hana Highway adventure.  It’s a practical and fun way to start the trip.

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