Head off the tourist track for a day in the waterfront plantation town
of Paia, Maui, where we found a laid-back vibe, healthy food and the
best shopping on the island.
The Imrie sisters have their other shop in the Hamptons and sell a mix
of high-end and cheap-and-cheerful resort wear (like ABS dresses) and
great leather bags that will look great back home too. 71 Baldwin Ave.,
Paia, Maui, 808-579-8303, view photos here.
This local designer once sold at major US department stores but now only
the select few can access her handmade dresses, bikinis and sandals. Her
new wedding collection is perfect for impromptu beach nuptuals! 83 Hana
Highway, Paia, Maui, 808-579-9184, www.tamaracatz.com
Bright-coloured dresses, sterling silver shell jewellery, an adorable
kids section and hand-made leather clutches had us back twice for more.
76 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, 808-579-9792, www.nuagebleu.com
If your regular beauty products arent working in the tropics, find
gorgeous scents and cosmetics from top cult brands like Nature Girl
here. 18 Baldwin Ave., 808-579-6055, www.lilikoibeauty.com
Café Des Amis
French crêpes with Indian mango lassis are the pre-surf breakfast of
choice at this hippie-chic eatery. 21 Lane Pl., Paia Maui, 808-871-7833.
Surf at Paia Bay, or relax on the beach and watch the pros.
Every condo has an ocean view at this well-priced, centrally located,
off-the-radar gem in Kihei filled with folks from San Fran, Calgary and