Summer has kicked off and what a great time be outside to enjoy what Maui has to offer. The North Shore of Maui is where many of your adventures can start! Alongside exploring comes re-fueling for the next adventure…FOOD! Here is a bucket list of North Shore summer activities and places to eat that I recommend. Enjoy!
Lay out on the warm white sand and sip on your favorite beverage at Ho’okipa Beach. This beach is considered the mecca of windsurfing and also draws surfers, kite surfers, SUPs, and foilers. Naturally, with conditions so ideal for windsurfers, catch a pro in competition at Ho’okipa. In the late afternoons, there’s also an abundance of native Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu). Often these majestic animals are mistaken for boulders on the beach, look closely enough and you’ll see that they are there to enjoy the beach just like you. Word of the wise, this is a great beach to observe the wonders and powers of the ocean and for that, it is more of a beach to spectate unless you’re an expert.
Makawao Forest Reserve
Take a break from the beach and explore a completely different ecosystem of the Makawao Forest Reserve. Located Upcountry Maui, this unique terrain will have you wondering if you are still on Maui as the palm trees of the beach turn into pine trees that provide a natural cool canopy to hike or bike. Trail distances vary from 5.4-mile Kahakapao Loop to the 2-mile Waihou Springs Trail. Whichever means of travel you choose, be sure to take the time to enjoy the smell of the Eucalyptus trees and take in the songs of the singing birds. As much as I like hiking these trails, I prefer to mountain bike. Check out Krank Maui for bike rentals for more information on the different trails. Just a tip, be aware of other cyclists on the trail and the Makawao Forest is often wet, so please exercise caution and take it slow.
Fuel Some of Your Adventures with Some of My Favorite Places to Eat
Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon. At Charley’s, you never know who you are going to meet. A place where a lot of local celebrities come together to hang loose. Enjoy great food and live entertainment. For breakfast, try the Charley’s pancakes or the Loco Moco.
Paia Fish Market. Hands down one of my favorite places to get fish on Maui. Give it a try and your taste buds will thank you.
Tobi’s Shave Ice. Need to cool down? Try one of their many delicious flavors of shaved ice. Enjoy great customer service as well as their other items on the menu such as their poke and shoyu chicken.
Flatbread Pizza Co. If you like bbq pork and pineapple…ask for the Mopsy. Take in the energy of Paia Town as your mouth waters while your pizza cooks in the brick oven. All good things are worth waiting for.
Paia Bowls. Fuel your activities with a satisfying Acai bowl. This local cafe is owned and operated by Ian and Luke Walsh, brothers and a couple of Maui’s best surfers.
If owning real estate on the North Shore interests you, check out Pe´ahi Farms, a unique development concept inspired by a deep sense of purpose. Conscientious planning integrates 16 custom estate sites centered around a 75-acre community farm, with a view to preserving Maui’s rich farming heritage. Set atop 130 ft. bluffs at Opana Point, at the northernmost point of Maui’s North Shore, Pe‘ahi Farms’ preserves the most fertile land at the heart of this 232-acre property for growing local produce, plants, and flowers, or pasturing horses.
Have fun on the North Shore!