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!

hey there: a day in the life

Oh hey there and aloha. Yup, it’s me, the girl who took off from blogging for nearly all of 2014. Don’t be fooled, I didn’t give up social media and the online world completely. I was still taking photos of our Maui life and sharing it here and here.

So I’ve been around. But I thought it was time that I hang some new pictures on my virtual wall here at home and say aloha to old friends. So here we are.


A day in the life of this maui mama


After an early work meeting, I hit Starbucks with the kids and the beach for 30 minutes. They built kingdoms that looked like crop circles while I combed the beach for baubles and ran along the shore to tire out my dog. It was a great way to start the day.


I was working when this fish went swimming by my desk. Snorkel gear, fins and a skateboard and this chick was in deep sea mode. Someone needed another trip to the beach!


In between trying to finish up some work stuff and remembering to turn on the rice cooker (yup, I had totally forgotten to turn it on after I filled it! Doh!), this beauty caught my eye. The island of Lanai always frames our sunset in the winter. I love it.

Wanna join in? I’d love to hear how your day went. Share in the comments below and say hello!

go on an adventure


go on an adventure maui travel

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!

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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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