If you have decided to move to Maui, the most beautiful island in the world (we’re a little biased), know that there are a number of choices to consider.  In no particular order, here are 5 of the top places to live in Maui.



(pronounced Pie-E-A) Located on the north shore of Maui, Paia offers a quick walk to the Island’s best surf spots. You can enjoy kite surfing, boogie boarding, windsurfing, and body surfing. Paia is fortunate enough to be steps away from the best beaches on Maui. 

The town is very easily walkable, surrounded by local stores, eateries, art galleries and cozy cafes.  Moreover, if you choose to live in Paia, Maui, you will have wide-ranging small businesses, high-end boutique stores, massage therapists, bars & restaurants, tattoo shops, gas stations, or surf shops just around the corner. With so much near you, you may never want to leave the town.

In Paia, the weather is near perfect year-round, and the locals are amicable. The town is quite small, and host to historical locations like Old Paia Sugar Mill, churches & temples. The demand for housing is high is the Paia area.  For those residents and visitors to Maui looking to maintain an active lifestyle, Paia is definitely the place for you!

View the Paia Market Report, here.


Lahaina (pronounced La-Hi-Na) is one of the main areas of western Maui full of action, adventure, and leisure! The western coast of the Island has the most beautiful beaches ideal for surfing, foil boarding, SUP, SCUBA, snorkeling, and beach camping.

While visiting or living in Lahaina, you can experience the most exquisite sunset with the most beautiful scenery. From December through April, tourists flood the area for whale watching. Lahaina Front Street is a charming place where it’s fun to walk the street pop into art exhibits, see the banyan tree park, and explore! Exquisite ocean views, golf courses, West Maui Skate Park, historical sites, and a large number of restaurants make Lahaina one of the most wanted towns of the Island.

Lahaina has all the necessary local amenities, including grocery stores, post office, gas stations, banks, fire stations, community centers, shopping options, public and paid parking, yoga & fitness center, and a very happening nightlife.  If you want a lively beach night, Lahaina is the place for you!

View the Lahaina market report, here.



Makawao (pronounced MAKA-WOW) is a beautiful area located in Upcountry Maui. The city has small local restaurants, cafes, and art galleries situated on a high elevation with beautiful views. The views consist of miles of crystal-clear ocean, beautifully patterned clouds, and the most picturesque scenery. The location is not crowded, and the town receives few tourists. Makawao’s amenities are within walking distance or a quick public transport away. 

Makawao is a small town, with soil that is perfect for having your own garden. You may have to travel to nearby Kahului for essentials. As it is a more rural area of Maui, most of the homes are single-family homes.

The weather in the town is calm.  If you’re lucky, you may also have a glimpse of Oprah! Makawao is known for hosting music events in year-round, beautiful weather.

View the Makawao market report, here.


Haiku is another excellent option to choose for living on Maui Island, a bit off the beaten path.  While generally not full of tourists, if you plan to live in Haiku it is an ideal location for families or young children who need to be entertained. As the demand is quite high, the market moves quickly. You can rent or buy real estate in Haiku and enjoy surfing, windsurfing, SUPing, kitesurfing, or tow surfing from your own backyard. Ho‘okipa Beach is about 20 minutes away offers the biggest waves for the adventurous surfers and on especially windy days you can find an award-winning show of expert kite and windsurfers.

The town center and marketplace of Haiku offers almost necessities. You will easily find restaurants, general stores, community centers, boutiques, fitness centers, and unique boutique food trucks. Haiku offers the most delicious food, including wood-fired Pizza, vegetarian cuisine, and many more exciting options.

The North Shore of Maui is famous for stunning waterfalls and picturesque scenery. The waterfalls include the Twin Falls and the Makapipi Falls.

Haiku Elementary School and Root school are the best for kids. The lifestyle and community of Haiku are quite easily adjustable and welcoming.



(pronounced Key-Hey) If you don’t know the island you may not be familiar with Kihei. Kihei is another beautiful town of Maui filled with beaches with soft sand stretching for miles. Everywhere in Kihei is 5 minutes from a beach! The most notable beaches are Charley Young Beach, Kamaole beach, and the Keawakapu. In winter, you can see the whales breaching the beaches and swimming freely. A few miles from the beaches, beautiful resorts are offering the most delicious cuisines.

If you are interested in snorkeling, Makena is the most incredible snorkeling location on the Island and is just a short drive away.

Kihei has everything except a hospital! Local businesses include three grocery stores, post office, libraries, community centers, dozens of restaurants, shopping centers, movie theatres, golf courses, and stage shows. The town is just a 25-minute drive from the airport of Kahului. Kahului has all the big stores, the market for groceries and home goods.

The property values in Kehei are quite high, but there are many condos and rental units available. View a Kehei market report, here.

Wrap up

Maui is an exquisite island and too big to be covered in one blog. The small towns may be located close to each other, but they are all still individually unique. If you plan to move to the beautiful island of Maui, there are so many things to consider, be sure to give us a call. Tell us about your lifestyle and we’re happy to make suggestions on areas that will suit your needs!