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Top 3 Reasons to Raise Your Kids on Maui

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One of the most frequent questions we get is: What is it like to raise your children in Hawaii? We moved to Maui with our four school-aged children and were excited to discover how the island experience would enrich their childhood. Here are what I believe to be the Top 3 Reasons to Raise your Kids on Maui:

1. Healthy Lifestyle

Gone are the long, cold winters that caused us to spend too much time indoors, happily replaced by sunny days on the golf course and weekly surf lessons for the kids. We instantly embraced the endless variety of outdoor sports and activities our new island life offers. Where else can you go cliff diving, snorkeling, golfing, hiking, and surfing all in one day? Whether going to the beach for a playdate, or participating in a variety of local youth sports, there is always something outdoors for our kids to do — and it adds up to a remarkably healthy lifestyle!

child with board on maui beach

rainbow over golf course on maui

kid playing baseball in front of maui mountains

2. New Friends from All Over the World

Often when your kids meet new friends at school, they tend to be born and raised in the same town you live in (or at least from the tri-state region you’re in). Maui is an extremely transient community and our children have become friends with children from all over the country and world! While some may see the transient nature of island-living a shortfall, we view it as a rich experience for our kids to explore new cultures and meet children with vastly different upbringings.

kids living on maui

3. Safe Communities

As parents, we want our children to be safe, first and foremost. I researched crime data for years prior to moving here and was happy to find that Maui consistently has very low crime levels. The communities are very tight-knit and neighbors watch out for one another. The spirit of Aloha is ever-present; our children certainly feel it and benefit from the warmth of the community.

little league baseball on maui

kids play on beach during sunset on maui

While all families’ experiences are unique, I am thankful that our children have embraced the incredible island lifestyle Maui has to offer. Please reach out if you have questions about Maui real estate, moving to Maui, or raising your kids here. I’d be happy to meet you and share my experiences!

With aloha,


About the Author

Stefanie Hegrenes

Stefanie Hegrenes is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Stefanie and her husband decided to make Maui home after years of dreaming of an island life for them and their four young children. She enjoys helping others realize their dreams and is grateful to call the beautiful island of Maui home. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 214-8114.

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August 23, 2021

So True! Great article.

Jeff Simon

August 26, 2021

I absolutely agree. We moved here when my kids were 5 and 3, and they had an amazing childhood. The are now in their mid-20’s and they always comment about how lucky they feel to have grown up on Maui.


August 26, 2021

Love the article. We just got home from a 3 week stay on the big island with 4 kids. We loved it. Where in Maui is the safest place to raise kids and where are the tight nit communities? That is exactly what we are looking for in raising our family.

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