Mililani Ravine Park: A ‘slippah-friendly trail’ for the whole family
For those of us with children, carving out alone time for exercise can be a challenge. And if you take the kids along, the preparation alone can be exhausting. (Sometimes, it feels like you’re readying a team of explorers to climb Mount Everest.) We have to be sure we have enough water for everyone along with snacks, sunscreen, and sunglasses – and, oh yeah, be ready to tie at least two pairs of shoes.
Fortunately for those living in planned communities, more walk/bike paths are emerging. These family-friendly paths are fully paved, so they’re more approachable for strolls compared to a trail in the woods. I like to call them “slippah-friendly trails.” Not to say that the arch support of a walking shoe isn’t important. But if you’re out in your neighborhood with the kids, these paved ways are welcoming to walkers of all skill levels – rubbah slippahs and all.
The first slippah-friendly trail I visited was recommended by a fellow dad who lives in Mililani Mauka. The popular landmark of Mililani Ravine Park is its gazebo, easily seen from Meheula Parkway. Above it, sits an almost 1-mile (.91 mile) path that takes you all the way up to Lehiwa Drive. Residents along the path have many options for entry points but because I was a visitor to the community, I started at the top of the trail, where I could find parking. I loaded up my jogger stroller and my family and I began our trek.
The scenery of the trail varies from your typical landscaped park to the more wild forest fringe that existed prior to the land’s development. All the while, the paved paths were clean and clear of all foliage — hats off to the Mililani Town Association (MTA).
Bringing the family dog along? MTA makes it easy for you to pick up after your pet with a plastic bag dispenser and receptacle located near the halfway point, along Makaikai Street.
The trail actually does run alongside a ravine. To prevent anyone from falling in the path is bordered with a combination of boulders and rails.
The lights along the park portion of the trail had either been removed or stolen. Be sure to only try this trail during daylight hours.
Stationary workout equipment for those looking to build some strength in addition to their cardio is available in the area where the trail meets Meheula Parkway.
After trying out the stationary equipment, I headed back. According to my fitness tracker, the total round-trip distance was 1.82 miles and it took me 42 minutes to walk (counting time taken for photographs).
Are there paths near your neck of the woods? Use them! This especially goes to those of us who live in planned communities and are paying a maintenance fee. We’re paying for the upkeep of these green spaces, so we might as well use them and burn a few calories while we’re at it.
Fernando Pacheco is a blogger for being 808, a content specialist at HMSA and a media jack-of-all trades. He’s dedicated to seeking a healthier lifestyle for himself and his family. Join him on his journey on our blog and on social media! Chat with him directly on Twitter.