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Summertime Maui Tours


 Aloha everyone coming to Maui and all you folks living on the island of Maui. Summer is here and it’s time to have summer fun in the islands. We love taking visitors and Kamaʻaina (locals) on adventures and Maui tours in the country to the Lavender Farm, Coffee Farms, Ocean Vodka and MauiWine. We also love to share bamboo forests, waterfalls, halfway to Hana, Hoʻokipa, Huelo, native plants and coconuts. Gardening is a passion. Farmers markets and local growers are what we love to share at Maui Country Farm Tours. We love to visit Lahaina Animal Farm, Maui Dragonfruit Farm and SimpliFresh Farm too. It’s a great West Maui adventure tour that can finish by circling the West Maui Mountains, the Blow Hole, beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, surfers, galleries at Kahakaloa, very old churches and Iao Valley.  So join us with your family and friends on a personalized educational adventure on the mountain Haleakala. Book a tour right here on the page or call to book and ask questions at 808 283-9131. We’ve been told we had the best Maui tour by guests in their twenty years of traveling. What an honor to share Maui with the world.

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Plant a garden… Dream a Farm

Gardening in the shadeHere at Maui Country Farm Tours we visit the farms on Maui. It is so beautiful and inspiring to meet with farmers and learn about Maui’s agricultural beauty. We hope to inspire many young people on Maui to pursue a dream in agriculture contributing to the future of Hawaii. The land is changing and small farms are needed to provide food and products for the island and the world. We love to share the beauty and I want to be a part of this future dream of sustainable living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Please see our farm tours page to learn about all the farms we visit. Inspired by Ali`i  Kula Lavender Kula Country Farms and many other farmers of Maui like Greg and Susy Stille of  Piliani Kope Coffee Farm I long to create my own special place.

Gardens are like children. They need nurturing and love but once established they do well on their own.

I learned about gardening by just getting started. As a young girl I collected images of old English garden posters. I loved the cottages that looked so dreamy and full of flowers like antique roses, delphiniums, canterbury bells, foxgloves and irises overflowing from gardens with paths leading to enchanting storybook houses.
 I knew nothing about gardening when I began at the age of twenty five. I want to share this so you know that one can start anytime in their life to enjoy the gifts of gardening.
organic comfrey
When houseplants were the rage in the seventies, (a revival of Victorian times) my father didn’t want dirt in the house so I began to plant outside. I became obsessed with planting because obviously I was born for it. I found such joy digging in the earth and watching things grow. I hope to share this joy with you.
I purchased seeds and followed the instructions on the packages. I knew nothing about soil and nutrients and enriching with compost until I met a friend who turned me on to Organic Gardening magazine. It was then I knew I would always be an organic gardener because I could never use chemicals that could harm animals or human beings and cause cancer.
My first soil was sandy. My first flowers were zinnias, that grew on skinny unhealthy stems almost tipping over with the weight of the huge flower heads. The next flowers were gorgeous heavenly blue morning glories that surprised us every morning when we looked out the window on a gray California morning to see hundreds of heavenly blue flowers clustered at the top of a vine. They were gorgeous and I was hooked on gardening. I began to prepare my soil in raised beds of a wall next to our fence. I added big bags of potting soil to the sandy earth and mixed in compost. I planted carrots and California poppies to create a lacy look experimenting with flowers and vegetables mixed together. As an artist I always designed with color and texture in my mind. Later I would learn about succulents, drought resistant ice plants, ground coverings and vegetables.

Heavenly Blues
After thirty years of gardening and planting everywhere I’m dreaming of a small farm on a hillside overlooking Kaho`olawe, Lanai and West Maui. I really want to grow lettuces, beans, carrots, beets, citrus, cabbages, onions, tomatoes, peas, asparagus and herbs of all kinds. I see them in curved rows and various areas with pathways leading to hidden flower gardens with cutting beds, succulent gardens, trellises for roses. There will be fences for lilikoi vines and row upon row of papaya trees and palms that could line a drive. I could grow coffee too. I will grow native plants and have experts to teach the growing, propagation and uses for these plants.
 Maui Kitchen Garden
I’m imagining visitors coming from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful gardens and products created from the fruits, vegetables and flowers all grown on Maui.
For now I continue on our half-acre in my small plots here and there and will share the journey with you as I prepare my new raised beds and grow lots of food. Last year in my 10 x 12 foot garden I grew amazing varieties of lettuce, cabbage, kale, mesclun mix, onions, chives, basils, tomatoes, Hawaiian chili peppers, snap peas, string beans, daikon, zinnias, cosmos, morning glories, small carrots and all organically of course. I rarely have pests because I create healthy environments for my gardens by companion planting and first of all making a nice healthy soil.
 Organic Romaine
There are many methods of gardening and you hear a lot about the no till style of layering ingredients that decompose on their own (lasagna gardening) but I have always preferred to dig my dirt a foot deep, mix in compost and organic nutrients to prepare my soil. This has worked well for me. Up-country Maui has nice earth rich in nutrients and the cool nights are wonderful for lettuce and cabbages. We have year round beautiful weather but still subtle changes that are better for winter and summer crops.
organic bibb lettuce
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What will you grow?


Aina Lani Farm

Maui Country Farm Tours

Aina Lani Farm


There is an amazing farm here in Kula 200 on two acres of fertile land. Michael McCoy started Aina Lani farm in 1996. He now sells to many chefs, restaurants and stores on Maui. He produces gorgeous long rows of Greens, including arugula, Chinese greens, lettuces, carrrots, basils, edible flowers and micro greens. He is also called Fresh Island  Herbs.

Island Fresh Herbs (Aina Lani farm)

Beautiful Long Rows of Greens

We were amazed by the intense flavor of the micro-greens. Tiny sprouts, just two first leaves are sold at that stage to Chefs who use these in their food creations. I can see how successful this can be. We tasted wasabi sprouts 1/2 inch long, celery sprouts, radish sprouts, mustard sprouts, and pea shoots (Young pea plants). Food alive and full of fresh flavor. The kids loved this tour. It was an adventure!

Aina Lani (MauiFresh Herbs)

Tasty Micro Greens ready to harvest


Young Pea plants

Pea Shoots Ready to eat.

Michael teased the boys asking “Who’s the smartest one of you?” They hesitated and answered “Depends on what subject.” He said “”Anything” then crushed a leaf from a beautiful tree between his fingers and asked “What kind of tree is this?” It had seeds so one of the boys said “Cloves!”  Michael said “You’re close” and we moved along down the long beautiful property over to greenhouses bordered with patches of Chocolate mint, Foot long runner beans, exotic blooming Jasmine, orange trumpet flowers, passion-flowers that don’t make lilikoi but have a gorgeous blue color and a scent. We smelled exotic flowers everywhere and of course we saw a multi-colored Jackson Chameleon in the vines. There were orchards of citrus and honey beees too. The orange blossom smell was in the air reminding me of summers in California.

Aina Lani Farm Allspice tree

The Big Allspice Tree



At one point he showed us the Man-eating flower and again teased the boys “Don’t put your hand in there” 🙂

Aina Lani Farm Michael McCoy

"Don't put your hand in there!"


There are orchid houses, nasturtium patches, apple bananas, fennel and yalangalang (which can be invasive, he said.) It is in the ginger family and a beauty. I thought of the line in a song “Yalangalang Blues”  (“Don’t be shy, give it a try, Chalangalang blues is gonna get you high”) I can hear Na Leo Pilimehana now…

Yalangalang at Aina Lani Farm





Wonderful Edibles


Aina Lani Farm

Awesome Chinese greens


Cymbidiums, oncidiums and more

Citrus Grove


Check out the pictures and places where Michael sells his herbs and greens…

This was a private tour. We’d love to take people on private tours that we can personalize for you. As we visit more farms on Maui we’ll show you what’s available to see. We will visit Coffee farms, flower farms, taro farms, herbs and flower farms, and we’ll be offering a farm-to-table tour that follows the Chef in the morning to the farm to gather the food for the evening dinner.

This is very exciting and fun to share with everyone.

Aloha, Marilyn

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