maui’s walsh brothers open pa‘ia’s latest & greatest cafe ‘pa‘ia bowls’

Pa‘ia Bowls is a new healthy acai bowl cafe owned and operated by two brothers/local Maui surfers, Ian and Luke Walsh. The boys grew up just a few miles down the road in the town of Ku‘au. Here they were raised by parents Peter and Kitty Walsh, alongside their younger twin brothers, Shaun and DK Walsh. The Walsh ‘ohana is a recognizable family among the Maui community who embody the spirit of aloha. They can be seen regularly enjoying the beach at Ho‘okipa or charging big waves at Maui’s most notorious surf break, Pe‘ahi (Jaws).

Growing up on the North Shore, the Walsh brothers found surfing as their favorite pastime. With their non-stop active lifestyle, acai bowls quickly became their go-to meal of choice. Whether it was to fuel their bodies before, in between, or a post surf session, acai bowls always provided them with a healthy and natural energy boost.

Before opening the doors to Pa‘ia Bowls earlier this year, Ian and Luke chased the dream of the endless wave, which not only meant surfing as a hobby and a lifestyle, but also a career choice. Ian’s talents and skills on a surfboard have taken him to the top of the sport where he has become a globally recognized professional surfer who regularly travels the world in search of the biggest and best waves. Meanwhile, Luke started out in the business side of the surf industry where he held a sports marketing position with one of the industries top brands, Oakley.

Although Ian and Luke’s passion for surfing remains strong, they always dreamed of owning a local spot in their hometown of Pa‘ia. They shared this same passion with an old friend and Luke’s college roommate, Sam Custin, who lives on the North Shore of O‘ahu and has a strong background in food and beverage. Collectively they partnered up to open Maui’s newest favorite acai bowl cafe that thrives off of Hawai‘i’s active ocean lifestyle.

While Sam has his roots set on the neighboring island of O‘ahu, the day-to-day operations of Pa‘ia Bowls are run by Luke, Ian, and the Walsh ‘ohana. It truly is a family run business that operates each and every day with aloha.

The daily menu features organic acai bowls (large and small) topped with organic hemp granola, fresh bananas, raw coconut flakes and drizzled with honey. You can also choose from dozens of delectable toppings to customize your bowl. Everything from fresh berries to hemp seeds, bee pollen, chia seeds and almond butter. They are also blending up smoothie favorites like the “PA‘IA” which features acai, strawberries, blueberries, cacao nibs, bee pollen, spirulina and coconut oil. Pa‘ia Bowls also serves Maui Roast coffee, cold brew coffee and Kombucha on tap with alternating flavors.

Pa‘ia Bowls is located at 43 Hana Highway just on the left side as you enter Pa‘ia from Kahului. Open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 730am to 6pm. Stop in and see why this little gem is the new favorite spot for locals and visitors on the North Shore!

Call 214-6504 for more information or visit



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