Growing up, I delivered appliances all over Maui for our family store, Hamai Appliance. One of the cool things about the job was driving all over the island and seeing a ton of great places. One of my favorites to go past during the winter was Ho’okipa, the windsurfing capital of the world. Ho’okipa means “hospitality” in Hawaiian – but don’t be fooled, it’s a tough surf break and not a place for beginners.
A few miles past Paia Town, if there’s a North Swell bringing in winter waves, you can bet that there will be a TON of windsurfers and surfers alike. If you’re in Paia – stop by at the Ono Gelato Company – right by the traffic light. You won’t be sorry!
The best place to watch the surfers / windsurfers is on the far side of the break – there’s a parking lot on the hill that overlooks the entire beach and gives you a great backdrop with the West Maui Mountains.
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