Maui’s waters are not the only place for sport-loving, adventure-seeking folks to get their kicks. Grab your board, bike, or skates and bring the family to roll through the many parks, forests, and trails that the island has to offer.
Because it will challenge any level of skilled rider, a local favorite for bike riding is the Kahakapao Loop Trail at the Makawao Forest Reserve. With eight trails of varying difficulty and three skills areas for anyone from beginners to experts to hone their skills, this is an ideal spot to bring the family for an fun-filled day.
Located adjacent to the Pukalani Pool, the popular Pukalani Skate Park has rails, bowls, ramps, and other features open to riders of skateboards, Razors, bikes, etc. There’s something for every level of rider. The park features a paved path around the perimeter of the complex for multipurpose use as well.
One of the best parks on Maui is Kalama Park in Kihei. Not only does it have multiple features for sports enthusiasts, but unlike many other parks on Maui, the gates don’t close until 10:00pm. It’s an ideal spot for families looking to bring wheels to cruise around on. The Kihei Skate Park, the in-line skating rink, and the extensive paved path that runs along the perimeter of the nearly 37 acre park, all offer opportunities to rock and roll on.
The 8.1 mile out and back trail from Kanaha Beach to Paia Bay takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is considered an easy trail. This paved trail starts and ends near the beach, meanders through a beautiful neighborhood, and goes behind the airport where it’s possible to catch a close up view of planes taking off.
For kids aged 9-19 the StoneWave Skate Park in Paia is open 5 days per week and is run by the Paia Youth and Cultural Center. Helmets and shoes are required, as is a signed waiver and health form. There are daily, monthly, and yearly rates available.
The massive West Maui Skate Park on Shaw Street in Lahaina is the go to spot on the westside with 24,000 square feet of bowls, ledges, obstacles, and more. Due to the heat, many locals come after the sun goes down with the lights on until about 9pm. Families can gather and barbecue in the grass or limited picnic tables.
As with any outdoor activity and because of Maui’s many microclimates, always check weather conditions and ensure your keiki are wearing the protective gear needed to skate and bike safely.