This Is The Most Hippie Town In Hawaii And You Need To Visit
By Megan Shute|Updated on July 24, 2022(Originally published July 19, 2022)
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
Hawaii is easily one of the most hippie states in the entire country. After all, the laid-back vibes, Aloha Spirit, and tropical weather are all true markings of a hippie paradise. You could probably point your finger at any Hawaiian town and find a population of hippies. But with a culture focused on nature, yoga, surfing, and natural foods, Maui is easily the most hippie of the Hawaiian Islands, and nowhere will you find more hippies per capita than in the small town of Paia, nestled on the island’s northern shore.
While the adorable seaside town is gaining traction with tourists, it is still often seen as merely a spot to refuel, grab some food, and head out on the Hana Highway. But it is so much more than that, and you will never regret a day trip — or even a weekend getaway — to this perfect little Hawaii hippie commune.
Not sure where to eat in Paia, a bona fide Hawaii hippie commune? For mouthwatering seafood in a laid-back atmosphere, check out Paia Fish Market, and for an upscale dinner, head to Mama’s Fish House, one of Hawaii’s best restaurants.
Of course, Paia is just one of many amazing and welcoming communities in Hawaii; here are some other top spots to visit — and even put down roots — in the Aloha State!
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This so-called Hawaii hippie commune really is a warm and welcoming place for everyone that captures the Aloha spirit of the state. Paia is a small seaside surfing town with stellar beaches and a booming art scene. In case that doesn’t sell you on the benefits of this charming town, Paia is often the city where locals vacation to get away from it all. In addition to being lauded as one of the best places to live and retire in Hawaii, Paia is perhaps the best place to go for seafood, with the eponymous Paia Fish Market home to stellar fresh catches from the Pacific! Paia Fishmarket first opened in 1989, when Paia was a sleepy fishing town known to surfers, windsurfers, local fisherman and sugar mill workers, so it's as historic as it is delicious. Folks also come to Paia for epic surfing and recreation, with Baldwin Beach Park known for having some of the whitest sands and clearest blue waters in the Aloha State -- and that's saying something! In town, long-standing surf shops like Hi-Tech Surf Sports, Honolua Surf Co, Ho'okipa Surf Co, and Rip Curl will get you set up for surfing success in Paia!