Ha'iku, Maui - Hawai'i96708
Although Ha'iku is most often pronounced like the Japanese poetry style, the Hawai'ian pronunciation is actually ha-EE-koo, so I'm going to write it like I'm supposed to, to help us remember.
Ha'iku is about 15 or 20 minutes from Kahului Airport - OGG - and spreads itself like a verdant glow over Maui's North Shore with fingers reaching into "Upcountry" - that vast cooler region with magnificent views that reminds one of the California countryside.
It's populated by a social cocktail of down-home country-folk, old "local" families that still retain traces of Hawai'ian blood, artists, musicians, gardeners, Spiritual seekers, new-agers, upward-mobility entrepreneurs, mis-fits, and a few toe-the-liners thrown in for good measure. Lately sub-divisions, gated communities and estates have sprung up among the gardens and roosters.
The Catholic church and the new-age Temple of Peace Healing Sanctuary rub elbows a few steps from the town center where you'll find a surviving mom and pops store - Fukushima's.
Haiku's restaurants are as varied as their clientele, and include Colleen's, for an international flair (Ha'iku style, of course); Hana Ho with a French owner, live music, and a mix of cuisine that includes Hawai'ian. Across the street there is vegan (Veg Out), raw Maui Kombucha, and local grinds (Lynn's).
Ha'iku is about 10 or so minutes to Paia and lovely sandy beaches for windsurfing, surfing, and all sorts of water play. All around are areas for hiking, waterfalls and natural pools. This is the area that most tourists don't get to see.