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 population of the whole island is about 150,000.
    			
    -Paia is a small town with a population of 3,000. It is a 15 minute drive away from Kahului, population 26,000.

  • 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:
    		
    -Hiking in some of the most beautiful places on earth.
    		
    -Swimming and diving in crystal-clear water.
    		
    -Outrigger canoe paddling.
    		
    -Using vicious dogs to hunt feral pigs.
    		
    -Playing Ultimate Frisbee.

  • 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.