Problems with Paia, Maui
- Maui is remote; it is a 4-5 hour flight from SF, LA, Seattle, etc...
- It is a small place:
- The nightlife on Maui is very low-key. 10PM is sometimes referred to as "Maui Midnight".
- White people are a somewhat disliked minority in Hawaii. If you are white, you will probably not encounter open hostility but you might feel some simmering resentment.
- The local culture can sometimes seem like a choice between brain-dead, macho nihilism and over-the-top hippy flakiness.
- The north shore dating pool is limited. If you're looking for a woman and you are not a professional surfer with a trust fund, you may be frustrated. If you are looking for a good man you'll probably find him but he might not be super clever.
Good things about Paia, Maui
- The North Shore of Maui is hands-down the best place in the world to windsurf and one of the best places in the country to surf, OC paddle, SUP and kite.
- Hawaii has, arguably, the best climate on the planet. It's almost never too hot or too cold.
- Paia is a bustling town with many restaurants and cafes.
- Paia is pedestrian friendly; it's one of the few small towns in Hawaii where you can live and almost never need to get in a car.
- Paia has a very good grocery store and a small pharmacy.
- Maui residents have easy access to many year-round outdoor activities, including:
- If you move here you will most likely reach new levels of extreme fitness and become the envy of your sickly friends back on the mainland.
- The proximity of the Kahului big box stores (Home Depot, Wal Mart, Costco, etc..) makes living the American dream in Paia remarkably convenient.