Hiking with Kids in West Maui

the ohana mama

Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. 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 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!

go on an adventure

 

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It doesn’t have to be far far away.

It can be the “slow” road, the longer route home from school drop off.

Or the highway along the shore.

It can be a stop off to watch the whales.

Or a hunt for sea glass.

Go on an adventure, big small, near, far, just do something different today. 

Happy aloha Friday!

A little somethin’ somethin’

I am so beyond honored that Dania of edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine asked the kids and I to be part of the Winter edition’s Keiki in the Kitchen feature.

Dania is such an amazing role model mom, business woman and kind soul. Mahalo Dania for including my ohana in your beautiful magazine.

edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine

If you love Hawaii and love food (hello, yes to BOTH!) then check out edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine. Each magazine is always a work of art (seriously, their cover photos are frame worthy) with great reads and scrumptious photos.

Go and take a look at the Winter edition and hang with us in the Kitchen (we’re on page 10). You can buy a subscription here.

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it’s not just about maui…

The Ohana Mama, local mom blog in Maui

Maui. This place will tug at your heart. It will wrap you up with love, aloha, sun, and warmth. It will take you on adventures and lift you to new heights.

But when people want to move here, it’s not just about Maui.

When people write to me about moving to Maui I often think to myself about how it is so much more than just Maui, the place, the location, the plumeria, the aloha. Yes, that is all amazing, but wherever you go, there you are. 

So, it has to be more than just a change of location.

When people write to say they want to move to Maui, and they share how it’s their desire and dream and “one day” it will happen, I often say, “you can find that happiness where you are.”  In fact, you must find that happiness where you are, or else you will take that unhappiness with you all the way to little ol’ Maui. It’s just how it is, and I tell ya, being on an island, in a foreign land, no matter how glorious, it will bring up all your demons, all your fears, it will kick you in the ass and have you questioning everything…even if only for a fleeting moment, it will.

You can’t escape you.

My challenge to those that I meet on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter who say “I dream of moving to Maui” is to first find your own paradise, wherever you are now, right this very minute. Make where you are your paradise. Carry it with you day in and day out. The aloha spirit isn’t a place, it’s a feeling, a way of life and being.

Make your dream come true. The first step is being happy right there, right now.

Explore. Dream. Discover….yourself.

You won’t regret it, I promise.