Isolated tropical islands in the middle of the Pacific are to hippies what formerly blighted urban areas are to hipsters. So you could really point your finger at any town in Hawaii and find a hippie enclave. But the culture of nature, yoga, and natural foods reigns most prevalent on Maui, and especially obvious in this small town on the north shore. It’s a city full of artists and boutiques, with street musicians and old hippies lining the boulevards on the way to the ocean. The city is also home to Mana Foods, the best-known natural foods store on the Island. And hippie celebrities like Willie Nelson aren’t shy about popping into local venues and saying hello, since most people recognize that our differences are just a construct, man, and that we're all just made of star dust anyway.
Like country mouse and city mouse, mountain hippie and city hippie are very different animals. City hippies are drawn to music, art, and culture, while mountain hippies gravitate to outdoor recreation, remote locations, and blissing out in nature. Nowhere is this more evident than Stanley, a tiny town in the Sawtooth Mountains that abounds in biking, climbing, and Snake River rafting. When the residents are done being guides and explorers they spend the evenings drumming their hearts out and relaxing in local bars. And while it’s not exactly Santa Cruz north, in Idaho it’s as hippie as they come.