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By Tracey Minkin
With a Buddhist stupa consecrated by the Dalai Lama himself, two tattoo parlors, one hemp store, and what is considered the best natural foods store on Maui, Pa'ia is charmingly, distinctively a unique place of 2,668 happy souls—who enjoy five beaches in walking distance of town.
Where to stay: The boutique Paia Inn is a dreamy getaway in the heart of it all by a sugar-sand beach, with garden, town, and ocean views. Rates start at $259; paiainn.com.