Head off the tourist track for a day in the waterfront plantation town of Paia, Maui, where we found a laid-back vibe, healthy food and the best shopping on the island.
The Imrie sisters have their other shop in the Hamptons and sell a mix of high-end and cheap-and-cheerful resort wear (like ABS dresses) and great leather bags that will look great back home too. 71 Baldwin Ave., Paia, Maui, 808-579-8303, view photos here.
This local designer once sold at major US department stores, but now only the select few can access her handmade dresses, bikinis and sandals. Her new wedding collection is perfect for impromptu beach nuptuals! 83 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, 808-579-9184, www.tamaracatz.com
Bright-coloured dresses, sterling silver shell jewellery, an adorable kids section and hand-made leather clutches had us back twice for more. 76 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, 808-579-9792, www.nuagebleu.com
If your regular beauty products aren't working in the tropics, find gorgeous scents and cosmetics from top cult brands like Nature Girl here. 18 Baldwin Ave., 808-579-6055, www.lilikoibeauty.com
Café Des Amis
French crêpes with Indian mango lassis are the pre-surf breakfast of choice at this hippie-chic eatery. 21 Lane Pl., Paia, Maui, 808-871-7833.
Surf at Paia Bay, or relax on the beach and watch the pros.
Every condo has an ocean view at this well-priced, centrally located, off-the-radar gem in Kihei filled with folks from San Fran, Calgary and Vancouver. www.kiheisurfside.com/