Hiking with Kids in West Maui

the ohana mama

Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike with your hiking poles. Here are a few ideas on the West side.

If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids.

☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore.

☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail.  It can be rainy and cooler so bring a wind breaker and put on your bug spray but this lush, green trail is super fun, not too long and shows you a different side to West Maui.  It’s awesome!  You do have to take a shuttle to get there since it’s in a private neighborhood.  You can find times and where to hitch a ride here.

☛ Another favorite, with spectacular views is the Village Walking Trails. The trail starts at the Kapalua Village Center with plenty of parking available. This used to be the old Village golf course so it’s paved, so if you want to bring a double jogger or stroller on your hike, this is your place.  It does have some pretty steep hills but we did it with a stroller and a 4 year old.  Once at the top you’ll find a pond with ducks.  The views from this trail are magnificent!

The kids at Launiupoko Walking Trail

☛ Also in West Maui is the Launiupoko walking trail.  It too is paved so a stroller is ok here. You get a wonderful view of Lahaina Town, Lanai, Molokai and splashing whales.  You can also encounter horses hanging in their yards along the way, which is a hit with the kids.  This is a residential area, FYI.

Have fun!


  1. Sarah…could you explain how to get to the Launiupoko walking trail? I’ve tried googling directions etc but nothing specific comes up. Is there parking? Would it be ok for a beginner (slow) walker who doesn’t want something busy like the Ka’anapali Boardwalk? or is it hiking hiking…as in uphill? lol…. We come to Maui again tomorrow and am super excited!

    • Aloha Kerri! From Lahaina Town, head south on the highway toward Kahului. Turn left on Kai Hele Ku (entrance to Launiupoko beach is on the right). Head up the hill, go straight through the roundabout and you’ll see the trail soon after. You can park along the street and go either right or left on the trail. It’s great for new walkers and strollers. My kids learned to ride bikes there and fun plasma cars. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi There!!!
    I just moved to Maui from ALABAMA! I have been blogging for about 8 years now and am SUPER excited to meet new bloggers in Maui!!!


  3. Mahalo for the hiking info. We will be visiting in April, and are staying in the Kapalua area.

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