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If you want to be in Paia, or minutes to Ho'okipa or Sprecklesville, you'll like this location. This is the north shore hub for all sports wind and wave. Plus, Paia is a walk-able town.
The north shore has no high rise buildings and is the antithesis of the 'resort' experience. Rather, here locals and visitors intermingle, the waves are world-class, and there's plenty of open space. Paia has galleries, restaurants, funky shopping and a wonderful natural foods grocery store called Mana Foods. It's a pretty laid back place.
This house is located in a neighborhood. There's a peek-a-boo view to the ocean. The walk to Paia town is about four minutes. It's on the mauka (mountain side) of Hana Highway, but it's far enough away from the road you can't hear the cars. There are neighborhood sounds: people, children, dogs, and a school bus that comes through during the school year.
Further Details: Two bedrooms have air conditioning. Out back is a covered lanai. Here's where you may store gear, dry it out, work out kite line tangles, do yoga, have a bbq, and kids may play. There's a yard, picnic table, hammock, fruit trees, flowers, chairs, and some gear we leave for guests (snorkels, masks, some boogie boards, a cooler, etc.)
Also, as is very Hawaiian style, the washer/dryer is outside. This keeps the heat outside too. And, if you prefer to dry things in the sun, there's a clothesline.
Rooms are not huge, but there's plenty of space and a ceiling fan in each. There is no house phone.
There's a carport for two cars.
This is a well appointed plantation-style home that's perfectly situated for a relaxing north shore vacation.
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About the owner: We are transplants from Aspen, Colorado but have lived in Maui since 2005.
We're avid surfers, tennis players and kitesurfers.
We came to Maui as a get-away but decided it was too hard to leave. It's a freak of nature and we love the lifestyle on the north shore.
Why the Owner Chose Paia: We bought in this location because we'd been spoiled in Aspen by always either walking or biking to work and play. This place affords guests a similar lifestyle. You can't ditch the car completely, however, because there's no bus system to all the corners of the island. And, though buses can carry skis fairly easily, surf and kite gear can be a tougher challenge...