Makawao Forest Reserve: Up Pi’iholo Road and left after the zipline you will drive up a winding road to find a hidden gem up at the top. Makawao Forest Reserve is a great, cool spot for hiking, dog walking, horse riding and biking. The forest is both coniferous and deciduous that hums with the aroma of eucalyptus. You will find three great pump tracks five minutes walk from the main entrance (the last parking lot on your right). The first track you’ll find is to the left and more suited for beginners and younger kids (see pic). The next two more advanced ones are a stones throw away, conveniently located by the bike repair station. You will also find posted downhill trails throughout the forest for the more advanced and adventurous. Keep a lookout for the Pineapple Express.
North Shore Greenway: Thanks to the County of Maui’s new multi-modal initiative we can now bike from Paia to Kahului, starting from Paia Beach Park and ending up in Kanaha! You can do this path in one fell swoop or break it up into little adventures. Paia Beach Park to Baldwin Beach Park is a fun back and forth for little tikes and those learning to ride, with beaches and parks at both ends. Stable Road to Kanaha Beach Park has the added bonus of going behind the airport. Here your little biker can watch planes land and take off. It does get hot, with little shade back there, so it is advised to avoid going during midday hours and to bring a hat, sunscreen (reef-safe) and plenty of water.
Thompson Road: This picturesque road with rolling hills, rock walls, and panoramic ocean views is a beautiful way to start any Sunday, or any day of the summer for that matter. Located up in Keokea, just past Keokea Park and Grandma’s Coffee House, this quiet road is a great stretch to ride with the little ones. There are no sidewalks, so you are on the road, but traffic is often sparse and slow. There is a place to pull over and park up near the beginning of the road to your left.
South Maui: The South Maui Greenway between W. Waipuilani Road and Kihei Regional Park is less than a mile long and even features lighting at night. Coastal pathways are also a great way to take your keiki biking, especially around sunset. The Wailea Master Plan includes a coastal path that runs all the way from Keawakapu Beach, past eight resorts and condos and ends at Polo Beach, while the coastal path in front of Kalama Park is another great spot to ride with the kids. And don’t forget West Maui’s Kapalua Coastal trail. All these spots are a fun way to get out this summer, while socially distancing and enjoying your time with your kids.
*Always remember to bring the bike helmets. Water and snacks are also highly encouraged if you are planning to be gone for more than an hour – you’ll be glad you went on your adventure prepared!