Take a (short) break from the beach on your next Maui trip to visit the island's best boutiques.
Famous for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and rejuvenating resorts, Maui, draws Seattleites like, well, Seattleites to coffee.
But there’s also a burgeoning boutique scene, with chic storefronts from the breezy windward side to the grand Shops at Wailea.
So take a break from the beach and explore a few shops; after all, even the most dedicated sun worshippers need a LITTLE time in the shade. And you’ll end up with some unique, wearable souvenirs to bring back home.
43 Hana Highway
Located in a restored 1919 plantation-style building in Paia, Puka Puka houses an artfully curated mix of women’s and men’s beachwear, as well as limited-edition prints, books and unique objects. It’s stocked with Instagram-worthy and hard-to-find labels, including sandals handmade in St. Tropez, KORE swimwear, and men’s classic beachwear from Mollusk and MNii.
San Lorenzo Bikinis
115 Hana Highway
Make a splash in sexy South American swimwear from San Lorenzo Bikinis. Shop here for sporty and cheeky briefs made for girls ready to hit the surf, or more scandalous suits perfect for sunning. Best known for their gorgeous, itty-bitty bikinis, this Peru-based boutique also boasts a decent selection of designer swimwear and wallet-friendly coverups and beach attire.
76 Hana Highway
Get a dose of Cali-cool mixed with a splash of island style at Nuage Bleu. Stocked with stunning jewelry, on-trend sandals and contemporary clothing from the likes of Mara Hoffman, Rory Becca, J Brand and TulaRosa, this bright-blue-walled boutique in Paia houses everything you need to make your stay in Maui much more stylish. Make sure to check out the adorable selection of baby and children’s clothing in the “Keiki” section in the back of the shop.
24 Baldwin Ave.
Take a trip to Letarte to score Maui-made swimwear that’s graced the pages of magazines including Elle, InStyle and Marie Claire. Designed by sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte, the locals draw on their jet-setting lifestyles and shared love of global prints to create their stunning suits. Nestled in a little white house on Baldwin Street, the flagship shop sells everything from bikinis to rashguards to elegant resort wear. Cuts are a little more family-vacation-friendly here and pair perfectly with chic, coordinated coverups.
In The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.
A favorite for locals and tourists alike, Mahina is the fashion destination for those looking to stock up on stylish boho basics that won’t break the bank. The boutique carries a frequently rotating mix of fun day-to-night dresses, colorful intimates and fashion jewelry. The trendy Maui-based boutique now has nine Hawaii locations, with four shops on Maui, including one at the lovely open-air Shops at Wailea.
In the Whalers Village, 2435 Kaanapali Parkway
For truly unique giftables, head to Sand People, a beachy boutique that houses coastal-inspired home goods, plenty of island-ready scarves, wraps and totes, and one-of-a-kind locally-made jewelry from established Maui designers such as Misha, Ki ele, Nani Shells and more.