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The WEST MAUI FARM TOUR

LAHAINA ANIMAL FARM, MAUI DRAGON-FRUIT FARM and Simpli-Fresh FARM TOUR

ripe coffee cherries at Piliani Kope Farm photo by Marilyn Jansen LopesAloha everyone, our West Maui Farm Tour has changed due to the Kaʻanapali Coffee Farms closing to the public recently.  The coffee Berry borer wiped out one third of the crop in Kona and was discovered on Oahu at the Dole Plantation and we do not want it to spread to Maui. It could be devastating.

It’s so sad not to be able to wander into the coffee trees but we visit these gorgeous farms in Launiupoko and were thrilled to meet Teresa Waters of the Lahaina Animal Farm and Crystal of the Maui Dragonfruit Farm. We are offering the new tours to these locations and finishing at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store and Simpli Fresh Farm at the top of the scenic Lahaina Bypass Highway.

We Pick up at Kahului Harbor 8:30 AM, Whole Foods Market 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. 8:45 AM and Lahaina Harbor 9:15 AM then we travel to Launiupoko to Lahaina Animal Farm. Teresa Waters with Kelsie and Baby DollWe start with an introduction to the gorgeous farm 500 ft. above the sea. Then we meet Ramsey the Ram, beautiful horses, Elsie Mae the young donkey, Baby doll, a miniature horse who is barefoot and pregnant all the time. (They breed horses as assistance animals because they live much longer than assistance dogs) The property is magnificent with a gorgeous guest ranch home (that people can rent) backed to the West Maui Mountains and Launiupoko Gulch. There are designer chickens, ducks, a tilapia pond with fat healthy fish, a garden, aDSC_0011 lilikoi gazebo, a seven year old tortoise named Hulk, and his girlfriend, a couple of friendly pigs, Rhode Island Reds, sweet goats and it’s immaculate. We enjoy the walk and meeting all the animals then some fresh squeezed lilikoi juice in the shade.

photo 3(3)Everyone wants to stay and stay but we give our aloha to all the animals and head on our way to the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm

 

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We can see the blue blue sea and the island of Lanai from this unique place where they have planted the dragon fruit cactus which produces beautiful exotic flowers then fruits. They are seasonal, so eventually they will offer Dragon fruit added value products for purchase in the beautiful bamboo house where we will sample Maui Gold Pineapple year round and Dragon fruit when in season (July-November). DSC_0059 DSC_0063 DSC_0053DSC_0043We’ll explore the 26 acres from their lookout platform overlooking the dragonfruit and their zip-line and rolling ball that people adventure on other activity tours.

Then it’s off to the Launiupoko Beach Park for a picnic lunch followed by coffee and cookies at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store. You’ll learn about growing coffee beans, harvesting and the art of processing coffee, from picking, drying, pulping to roasting and tasting the fresh roasted Coffee. There are four varieties of coffee grown here.green coffee cherries Red Catuai is said to be the Cabernet of coffee by certain coffee writers. Yellow Caturra has a yellow cherry unlike the typical red coffee cherry and has spicy undertones. ripe coffee cherries at Piliani Kope Farm photo by Marilyn Jansen LopesThey grow Typicas which are from the original coffees brought to Kona, but are grown on Maui. Finally, the Maui Mokka is grown nowhere else in the world. It was originally from Ethiopia and cultivated in Yemen. The Mokka on Maui is a hybrid grown only on Maui. It is rare and wonderful with chocolaty undertones when the cherries are aged an additional six months to bring out the flavors. The wonderful picnic lunch with sandwiches provided by Whole Foods Kahului chosen at time of booking. (Choices are: Turkey-Bacon-Avocado-Spinach-Aioli, Classic Italian, or Veggie) and Fresh island fruits and juices.Kaanapali-Coffee-Farms our van

This is a photo of the four different varieties of coffee growing at Kaʻanapali Coffee Farms. In the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, you’ll learn how they harvest the rare Mokka Variety which is gaining notoriety as a MauiGrown Coffee. In the past, If we were lucky we got to observe some of the harvesting process. With such a large acreage it must be done by machines that go through the rows and rows of coffee trees. Its a rich adventure.

You can shop at The Maui Grown Coffee Company Store for gifts and meet Jeff Ferguson who manages the store. (closed Sundays) You can ship coffee home directly from the store.

Then we’ll be heading up Lahainaluna Road to James and Janell Simpliciano’s Farm “SIMPLI FRESH” to explore all they grow, which is just about everything from sweet potatoes, taro, bananas, papaya, ti leaves, tomatoes, lemongrass, watercress, star fruit, mango and so much more. They’ve found old watercress patches planted by Chinese immigrants during the sugar eras of one hundred and sixty years on Maui. Sugar cane from some the original Hawaiian Canoe crops have been discovered on these slopes of West Maui where inside this range of mountains is the second wettest place on earth. Many streams came out of these mountains supporting life for over one thousand  years.

Then we cruise through quaint Lahaina Town back to the Harbor at 2PM and Kahului by 3PM. You’ll return with a memory for life. Tour 5 hours. Cost of Tour: $175.00 Call Marilyn at 808 283-9131 to book your farm tour. Lahaina pick ups are included on the West Maui Farm Tours.

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Tasting the Best of Maui Tours

We Love sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty and soon we’ll add the Road To Hana (half-way to Hana) where we’ll explore a cacao farm, native plant farms, botanical gardens, taro farms and the bamboo forest with small tours at each location and a wonderful tropical picnic lunch before heading back to civilization… Ask us now and we’ll customize a tour for your group.
 HALF-DAY TOURS
9 AM Our Morning Up-Country Farm Tour begins when we pick you up in Kahului and head for Ho`okipa Beach Park (The wind-surfing capital of the world) before heading Up-Country to the farms. First we take a scenic ocean view tour passing by the last working sugar mill in the State of Hawaii through the historical old town of Paia, then on to Ho`okipa Beach Park for some photos overlooking the magnificent surf.
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Then it’s on through Pineapple Country where Ricky was born and raised in Hali`i Maile the headquarters of The Maui Pineapple Company, now gone and Maui history is changing before our eyes. If not for Maui’s Winery in Ulupalakua, the pineapple would be gone. But today they lease over 1200 acres and continue to grow the Maui Gold pineapple which is used in many of their pineapple wines. They call it Hali`i Maile Pineapple Company.
After traveling through the pineapple camp we head to Ulupalakua for a wonderful scenic drive and stop at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui’s Winery. Guests enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the Tasting room once the King’s Cottage in the 1800’s.
maui's wineryYou’ll learn the history of the 150 year old ranch along the way and be amazed at the feeling of old Maui when you arrive to see the trees planted by captain James Makee in the late 1850’s. We walk among the old trees taking photographs and enjoying the history of Ulupalakua ranch. There are approximately 2300 head of cattle, elk, sheep, goats and wild turkeys on the 20,000 acre ranch. After Ulupalakua we travel to the 4,000 ft elevation to Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm. We enjoy tea, coffee and scones then proceed to a walking tour in the old proteas (planted on Maui in the 1970’s) from South Africa and Australia, now planted with lavender, edible gardens, citrus, avocado and olives. There’s even a cinnamon tree. It’s an amazing experience and a highlight of our day. 20120810-220237.jpg20120810-220202.jpg

We do a wonderful lunch created at Whole Foods Kahului, Maui. Choices are the turkey-bacon-avocado-spinach-aioli, Classic Italian or Veggie sandwich, all on ciabattas. (let us know if you prefer gluten-free) We also prepare an amazing salad for large groups with local ingredients at Whole Foods. Fresh Pineapple, and other local fruits like lilikoi are served.

Everyone loves the local style and fruits they have never tasted before. Turkey-sandwich

After lunch we stop by Kula Country Farms a 180 acre farm where they grow pumpkins, strawberries, squash, string beans, cabbage, onions, tuber rose, and more proteas. Guests can shop in the quaint farm stand overlooking all of West Maui. (Closed on Monday) Strawberry Patch at Kula Country Farms Pincushion-protea-closeup

9AM – 2PM (5 hours) Cost of Tour (including lunch and refreshments) $150.00 Kama Aina Rate is a 10% discount available to local residents. Minimum of four to travel so check with us to see if we have others booked. (Otherwise private.)

Private tours are $225.00 per person and you’ll love having the van all to yourself.

Pride of America Cruise ship passengers are picked up at the Kahului harbor at 8:30 AM.

All others meet at Whole Foods Kahului by 8:45 AM. We now pick up at Lahaina Harbor and Wailea for an additional $50.00 per person. Add 90 minutes on to your tour for those pick ups.

So if you want to visit beautiful Up-Country Maui, you can come with us for a wonderful agricultural and scenic tour of the island of Maui.

Afternoon Up-Country Farm Tour: Same as above but 11:45 AM -5:00 PM


Deluxe Up-Country Photo Farm Tour:

~ Scenic Ocean View Tour of Ho`okipa Beach Park

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~ History of Sugar Cane on Maui ~ Old Town Of Paia

~ Pineapple Country

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~ Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

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~ Lunch created by Whole Foods Kahului. Maui.

Then … Your choice of either Surfing Goat dairy or the NEW OCEAN VODKA ORGANIC FARM AND DISTILLERY.

Surfing Goat Dairy walking tour, cheese sampling where you’ll see the goats up close, learn about the dairy and cheese making process and you’ll love the many cheeses flavored with herbs from the 42 ACRE farm. They have 18 award winning cheeses. Feeding-the-goatsNew Ocean Vodka Organic Sugar Farm and Distillery and bottling operation. (opened for tours April 29, 2013) where we’ll experience the amazing organic sugar farm plantings and learn how Ocean Vodka is created from desalinated Sea water, fermented with the sugar and the distilling and bottling process. You can shop for vodka and gifts.The barn The sugar cane

~ Gift shops at each location and plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the view. The all day tour begins at 9:00 AM but pick up times are ~ 8:30 AM from Kahului Harbor, varies at Lahaina Harbor depending on the ship schedule, ~ 8:45 AM from Whole Foods 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

We return to Kahului by 4 PM and Lahaina must add 45 minutes. If your ship departs that evening from Lahaina harbor, it’s best to book a morning tour (1/2 day). The tour is $175.00 per person
Private tours are available for $225.00 per person.

WEST MAUI COFFEE TOUR

Pick up at Kahului Harbor 8:30 AM, Whole Foods Market 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. 8:30 AM and Lahaina Harbor 9:15 AM then we travel to Launiupoko to Piliani Kope Coffee Farm. We start with an introduction to the farm where we taste delicious fresh roasted Piliani Kope coffee overlooking beautiful West Maui at 600 ft. above the sea. Then it’s into the coffee trees to learn about growing coffee beans, harvesting and the art of processing coffee, from picking, drying, pulping to roasting and tasting the fresh roasted Coffee. Imagine smelling the roasting beans. You’ll love the views of the valley and mountains behind the farm and the ocean views from Piliani Kope Farm. It’s  a gorgeous state of the art barn with beautiful light from the French Windows over the coffee bar. Indonesian carved woods, and unique coffee processing machines are a work of art. Guests can shop for t-shirts, coffee, and art-work in the barn while we prepare for our picnic lunch.We have a wonderful picnic lunch with sandwiches provided by Whole Foods Kahului chosen at time of booking. (Choices are: Turkey-Bacon-Avocado-Spinach-Aioli, Italian Sub, or Veggie) and Fresh island fruits overlooking the magnificent view.

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Then we explore the Ka`anapali Coffee estates where 500 acres of coffee are grown and four varieties of coffee trees, thanks to James (Kimo) Falconer who resurrected the Coffee Trees and created the MauiGrown Coffee brand. Kaanapali-Coffee-Farms our van

You’ll see four different varieties of coffee growing and learn about how they harvest the rare Mokka Variety which is gaining notoriety as a MauiGrown Coffee. If we’re lucky we’ll get to observe some of the harvesting process. With such a large acreage it must be done by machines that go through the rows and rows of coffee trees. Its a rich adventure. Then we hop back in the bus for a scenic tour to shop at The Maui Grown Coffee Company Store for gifts and meet Jeff Ferguson who manages the store. (closed Sundays) We’ll samples fresh roasted Mokka and Peaberry or Catuai. You can ship coffee home directly from the store. Then we cruise through quaint Lahaina Town back to the Harbor at 2PM and Kahului by 3PM. You’ll return with a memory for life. Tour 5 hours. (Private tours $225.00 per person) will be personalized for you) Cost of Tour: $175.00 Call Marilyn at 808 283-9131 to book your farm tour. Lahaina pick ups are included on the West Maui Coffee Tours.

SHORT TOURS

 

THE SUGAR EXPRESS TOUR Have a short time and want to see some of Maui’s agricultural beauty? Take The Sugar Express Tour. We take you up into Iao Valley, a lush tropical rainforest just minutes above Wailuku town. You’ll be able to see the rushing stream and the famous Iao Needle. We’ll take photographs and provide you with a digital postcard after your trip. Then we’ll proceed up to the Maui Tropical Plantation for a wonderful Tram Tour which travels through a 60-acre working plantation and takes about 35-40 minutes. You’ll see where they grow all of the Tropical Fruits and Flowers along with breathtaking scenery. Along the way you’ll learn about Coconuts and even see a Coconut Husking Demonstration. Now there’s the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier cottage right next to the tram ride. Lot’s of gift shopping available. There’s also Kumu Farms planting food at the plantation with plans for a hands on picking produce market. They’ll ship papayas anywhere in the USA. It’s a really beautiful place. As we leave Maui Tropical Plantation we’ll head to the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, a delightful collection of sugar memorabilia from actual workers in the cane fields. You’ll see how a sugar mill works and the history of sugar on Maui. This is the last working sugar mill in the State of Hawaii at Puunene. The “Sugar Express Tour(9 AM-12 noon) Cost is $120.00 Kama aina is 10% discount. Waters and juices are provided on the tour. Call 808 283-9131 ~ ask for Marilyn

Private Tours are available for $225.00 per person. (The whole van for your group)

Look forward to seeing you on our tours…

~ Aloha everyone

All Tours have a 72 Hour Cancellation Policy

 

“Best of Maui” Country Farm Tours

Aloha from Maui Country Farm Tours,

We love sharing Maui’s Agricultural beauty. We specialize in Up-Country Farm Tours, West Maui Coffee Tours, customized tours for small groups and large groups up to twenty people. We pick up at Kahului Harbor, Whole Foods Market Kahului 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. and also Lahaina and Ka`anapali for an additional fee for the transfer. We have morning tours, afternoon tours and all day tours.

Our tours begin in Kahului.

Our all day tour begins when we pick you up in Kahului and head for Ho`okipa Beach Park (The wind-surfing capital of the world) before heading Up-Country to the farms.

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We take a scenic ocean view tour first by the last working sugar mill in the State of Hawaii through acres of sugar cane and the historical old town of Paia, once home to another sugar mill, then on to Ho`okipa Beach Park for some photos overlooking the magnificent surf. We often see Hawaiian sea turtles (Honu) and surfers, kite sailors, and wind surfers on the beautiful waves. We allow time for photographs then travel up through Paia, past the skeleton of the old sugar mill and railroad station where cane was once transported in the early days of sugar. We point out the tunnels used in the elaborate ditch system dug by the Chinese in the late 1800’s to transport water from East Maui to the sugar cane fields. Then it’s on through Pineapple Country ­where­­­ Ricky was born and raised in Hali`i Maile the headquarters of The Maui Pineapple Company, now gone and history is changing before our eyes.
If not for Maui’s Winery in Ulupalakua, the pineapple would be gone. But today they lease over 1200 acres and continue to grow the Maui Gold pineapple which is used in many of their pineapple wines. They call it Hali`i Maile Pineapple Company.

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After traveling through the pineapple camp we head to Ulupalakua for a wonderful scenic drive and stop at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui’s Winery. You’ll learn the history of the 150 year old ranch along the way and be amazed at the feeling of old Maui when you arrive to see the trees planted by captain James Makee in the late 1850’s. We walk among the old trees taking photographs and enjoying the history of Ulupalakua ranch. There are approximately 2300 head of cattle, elk, sheep, goats and wild turkeys on the 20,000 acre ranch.

The ranch land begins at sea level and goes to 6500 ft.

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Guests can do a wine tasting of either pineapple or grape wines in the King’s Cottage (built by Captain James Makee for King Kalakaua to stay overnight) now the wine tasting room. Our visitors are so amazed at the diversity of the land on Maui and love to see how people actually live when we drive through Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua.

They love the old-fashioned ranch store with the wooden floor and real life characters sculpted and sitting on benches on the lanai.

Ulupalakua

After Ulupalakua we travel to the 4,000 ft elevation to Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm. We enjoy tea, coffee and scones then proceed to a walking tour in the old proteas (planted on Maui in the 1970’s) from South Africa and Australia, now planted with lavender, edible gardens, citrus, avocado and olives. It’s an amazing experience and a highlight
of our day.

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Silver Leaf Proteas at the lavender farm.

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The Lookout point from the lower lanai where we have our large group lunches is magnificent.

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Prehistoric Giant king protea buds mixed with lavender make a magical garden.

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Sweet English  lavender in full bloom all summer long.

 

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Here I am with Lani Weigert, Co founder of the lavender farm. Koa Chang is top right. He is the son of farmer and co-founder Ali`i Chang. That’s Harrison, the farm manager who taught me so much about the farm.
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Our guests love the lavender tea and scones at Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm on the lanai overlooking magnificent Maui below from 4,000 ft. elevation. It’s a Mediterranean climate with coolness in the air.

We do a wonderful lunch created at Whole Foods Kahului, Maui.

Choices are the turkey-bacon-avocado-spinach-aioli, Classic Italian or Veggie sandwich, all on ciabattas. (let us know if you prefer gluten-free) We also prepare an amazing salad for large groups with local ingredients
at Whole Foods. Fresh Pineapple, and other local fruits like lilikoi are served. Everyone loves the local style and fruits they have never tasted before.

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For our all day tours we can choose finishing off at either
1. Surfing Goat Dairy for a walking tour of the goat farm, cheese
making process and sampling of fresh goat cheeses.

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2.  The NEW Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and distillery (open for tours April 29, 2013) where we’ll experience the organic sugar farm plantings and learn how vodka is created from Sea water, fermented with the sugar and the distilling and bottling process.

There are gift shops at each location, picnic areas where guests can just relax and enjoy the view while others are participating in the tour.

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The new Ocean Vodka barn and distillery.

The sugar caneOcean vodka bottle

The young sugar plants are now maturing and ready to begin harvesting for vodka making. We’ll be walking in the sugar cane and learning all about the different varieties, some from original plantings by early Hawaiians.
The all day tour begins at 9:00 AM but pick up times are 8:30 AM from Kahului Harbor, varies at Lahaina Harbor 9:15 AM depending on the ship schedule, 8:45 AM from Whole Foods 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. in Kahului.
We return to Kahului by 4 PM and Lahaina must add 45 minutes.
If your ship departs that evening from Lahaina harbor, it’s best to
book a morning tour (1/2 day).

This tour is wonderful and includes a set of books by Marilyn Jansen. (Cookbook, gardening, and drawings of Hawaii)

On this tour guests are also provided with a beautiful digital
postcard of their day.

The tour is $175.00 per person

Give us a call at 808 283-9131 so I can plan a tour for you and your family or friends or just the two of you on a private tour. We’re local and we love to share Maui with a passion.

~ Marilyn

Winter in Hawaii

In Hawaii it’s hard to imagine there is winter. But we feel the subtle changes in the air. It’s cooler, the surf starts to get big on the North shore, we begin to feel the excitement of the holidays and the arrival of the humpback whales. Then come the visitors in a sudden arrival to the islands on holiday for Christmas season. Many Canadians take month long vacations from the freezing cold temperatures of Canada. We’re glad for that as they contribute generously to our economy. They love Kihei on Maui and there is even a monument to a famous Canadian explorer on the shore in Kihei just across from the Maui Lu in North Kihei.

Yet, the air is perfectly balmy and the trade winds blow so softly that many would say it’s just too warm for Christmas.

I love Maui and the subtle arrival of winter in Hawaii. The most beautiful thing about the islands is the way people begin to show how they care. It’s not an easy time for so many though everything looks cheery and beautiful.

The Salvation army volunteers outside  the stores at the Big K-Mart and Longs drug stores remind us to give a little bit to help the poor. The Lokahi Giving project on all islands established by newscaster Leslie Wilcox and Mariellen Jones in partnership with KHON NEWS have given a hands up to hundreds of thousands of children, elderly and under privileged men and women during difficult times. Events  at Ka`ahumanu Shopping center give us a sense of Christmas spirit. Remember to give at this time and throughout the year. The Maui Food bank is in great need of non perishable food and cash gifts. Don’t forget Women Helping Women.

Up at the Lavender farm the classes have filled up with plant lovers creating their gorgeous wreaths of lavender, proteas, silver leaf, eucalyptus and pine.

The king proteas, pin cushion flowers, snowy owl mink proteas, safari reds, silver leaf are absolutely gorgeous right now. Huge bouquets are available and displayed throughout the boutique and lanai overlooking West Maui magnificent bi coastal views. We love to have lavender tea and lavender coffee is my new favorite with delicious scones made with French Lavender by Jeanne the bread lady for AKL MAui.

I also discovered I love the strawberry pepper jam. It is so bright and delicious. Remember to pack your gift items in your checked bags for the airport. You don’t want to lose a precious gift. Do sign up for e-mail updates because they have a sale item every day. You’ll love the lavender citrus hand soap, the gardener’s lotion with lavender and citronella, the lavender tea with mint, chamomile and lavender, the body creme which is so rich and luxurious with Aloe, jojoba, sunflower oil, coconut oil, flax seed, primrose, calendulas, and lavender all organic of course! I send my sister in California the lavender massage oil for the dry mountain climate. It’s perfect after a shower or bath.

My friend Melanie Boudar, The Sweet Paradise Chocolatier is busy with her elves creating artisan chocolates for the Wailea Gateway Store and shipping all over the world. Love these little boxes with a salted caramel, truffle, and a hand-painted chocolate heart. Who can resist beautiful chocolates?

One of our favorite things to do on Christmas Eve is visit the resorts in Wailea and take a picture by one of the elaborate big Christmas trees. It’s so elegant at each resort and a Christmas Magic takes over. I love to see the lighting change from day to evening at the Grand Wailea. The Botero Lounge is filled with poinsettias and fine art sculptures abound. The circle marble bar under the Center Pagoda is a work of art in itself. The entire lobby is open to the sky except for the bar which has a ceiling of Al Fresco paintings. You could valet there and take a walk along the path by the sea to visit all of the resorts along the shore.

Next you’ll find the Four Seasons Wailea a boutique luxury five star hotel with fountains and gorgeous pool set above the sea. There’s Ferraros Italian Poolside restaurant and Duo, plus Spago.

Imagine hanging out at the Serenity pool by day then visiting the spa before dinner, drinks and a walk along the gorgeous sunset of Wailea, Maui.

It’s a tough job but you have to do it…

 

Winter on Maui can be unpredictable. Today the trades are gusty and 25-40 mile gusts at times. raindrops are predicted with partial sun partial clouds. It’s currently sunny and there’s moisture in the air up country. The winds are intermittent and it has a holiday feel to it. I’m getting in the mood for Christmas. Packages need to be sent out, blog posts to write, tours to country farms tomorrow and throughout the week. It’s exciting to share the beauty of Maui. Rain or shine it’s a fabulously diverse island rich in history and agricultural beauty. The Sugar Mill runs twenty four hours a day year round. We have the only working sugar mill in the state of Hawaii. What will happen when it goes? What will the next crops be? We will have a series of cottage farmers continuing to grow every day. What will you grow? What would you like to see? Some like Kula Country Farms are growing strawberries, pumpkins, kale, onions, cabbage, lettuce, herbs like basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Other grow orchids, citrus, avocado, edible flowers, Chinese Greens like Michael McCoy of Aina Lani farm and Farmer Richard Clark at O`o farms or ti leaves, cacao and tropical flowers. Some do amazing sprouts in small spaces like Vincent Mina of Kahanu Aina greens. Coffee is grown by at least one hundred farmers with two trees to three hundred trees and the MauiGrown Coffee farm has five hundred acres of coffee trees, the largest in the state.

Michael McCoy's Aina Lani (Fresh Island Herbs) Farm

Scenic view from Akl Maui

Strawberry Patch at Kula Country Farms

Whatever you do on Maui, please make sure to visit the country and take in the agricultural beauty. We can personalize a tour for you to a variety of farms. You will enrich your life and enhance the experience that Maui has to offer. We are finding that people get so excited when they walk among the flowers and trees, and tromp through the perma culture of Piliani Kope Coffee Farm then on to the five hundred acres of MauiGrown Coffee. It’s a seasoned visitor that wants to learn more about the people and how we live. They want to know how things grow and see the products made locally.

 

 

We love to share  it with you. So enjoy the beauty, feel the breeze, soak up the sun and breathe the beautiful fresh air that gives a healing touch to the weary traveler and winter bones. Enjoy  enjoy enjoy….

And when you return to Maui over and over, get to know our island a little more intimately by visiting a farm and seeing history in the making as we change the color and landscape for the future of Hawaii with a patchwork of farms growing our own food in a climate that supports food growth year round. Support our local farmers and encourage someone to buy or lease land where they can practice growing something that will feed the population were Hawaiians survived for over a thousand years without outside intervention. They planted Taro and sweet potatoes, fished in the sea, ate freshwater shrimp from the streams and used the resources of the land carefully to sustain their food sources.

 

We need to plant now the seeds of thought for future generations what we could have right now. In perfect weather, a perfect place, let’s grow the food for the people of this state and set an example of sustainability.

Everyone plant your garden…

Visitors come enjoy the beauty of Hawaii and all the added value products that come from this land of sunshine.

Aloha for now, Marilyn

I’ve got to get into the garden and plant.

Call me to schedule a personalized tour of our beautiful island and share Maui’s Agricultural beauty.

808 283-9131

Harvest time at Maui Coffee Farms

It was an amazing day for Agriculture in West Maui at Piliani Kope Farm and Kaanapali Coffee Farms.

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The Coffee cherries were ripe for the harvest.

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Got a glimpse of the coffee harvesters in action and the abundant coffee cherries here ready

to be transported to the mill for sorting, washing, pulping and drying.

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What a beautiful sight to see millions of MauiGrown Coffee cherries.

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Above we see cacao and the lovely Piliani Kope Farm where coffee is hand picked just as

it is done in Kona for a hundred years.

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Greg Stille, President of Maui Coffee Association and The Hawaii Coffee Association,

shows us the next node where a coffee cherry will bud on the tree.

The land is rich in diversity and life.
We’d love to share this with you…

 

~ Marilyn

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
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A Day at O’o Farms

Last week we took our guests to O’o Farm for their wonderful farm to table tour and lunch. We were met at the bottom of the hill by the amazing Richard Clark who planted everything on the farm. They grow everything from coffee, artichokes, asparagus, Chinese greens, lettuces, chard, cucumber, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, lemon hot chili peppers, cilantro, kohlrabi, nasturtiums, raspberry, strawberries, wild pohaberry, figs, kaffir limes and more. It’s an amazing experience to be surrounded by a working farm in such beautiful order.

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He was sophisticated, intelligent and passionate about the farm which is owned by Pacific O and I’o Restaurant in Lahaina.

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This basket of greens and red leaf lettuce, Chinese peppery greens, carrots, society garlic chives is ready to be delivered to Chef JJ for our lunch. JJ had prepared tofu that had been seared and sautéed for ninety minutes and a mahi mahi dish with veggies from the farm. I tasted chard among them. The most beautiful salad was served as well as rainbow beets, kohlrabi and Chayote all sliced on a mandolin. Some guests brought their own bottles of wine which gave a nice touch. Fresh ciabatta loaves were sliced. Cold water was served from chilled stainless pitchers into stemware making the simply elegant meal complete.

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Distinct flavors of each green including a touch of sorrel were enhanced by a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.

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Look at our beautiful plate. I was so impressed when I saw the long bare wooden slab table with white plates and brown linen napkins folded elegantly on top each plate. It’s a country setting done in style. We mingled with up to thirty guests on this Wednesday. Richard Clark gathered the plates so graciously when we were finished. Then as Chef JJ was finishing up the hand rolled truffles and sprinkling with black lava sea salt, Richard prepared fresh O’o Farm grown coffee, French Press style in the little coffee shack above the dining area. It was country elegance…

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The savory sweet truffles were divine with fresh O’o Farm coffee.

 

It was a wonderful experience, rich in beauty and inspiration about the land and sustainable living.
I look forward to seeing Richard Clark again very soon. Thank you for the wonderful day. Anyone can go on their own to O’o Farms by making a reservation for Monday through Thursday.

 

If you’d like to be taken on a tour of O’o Farm and Aina Lani Farm call me to schedule your personalized tour. ~ Marilyn

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://mauicountryfarmtours.com
808 283-9131
@jamarilyn on Twitter

West Maui Coffee Tour

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Last week we took some guests from Canada on our West Side Coffee Tour and I decided to surprise my husband and the guests with a few of my friends waiting at Lahaina Harbor when we arrived to pick them up for the tour. Well I did mention to “daddy” on the way that there might be a few additional guests. He said “How many?” I said “Four” … “Six total” 😉 So it was great. We arrive in Lahaina and by the Banyan tree our Canadian guests recognize our bus and approached us. We have met so many wonderful people in the last six months doing the tours here on Maui.

We proceeded towards the harbor and there was Jill Mayo @Mauisocial on twitter. Jill really wanted to experience this part of my tour at Piliani Kope Coffee farm. I had also received a text from @LifeinParadise Aimee Paradise Singer (also part of the Living Maui Social team) asking could she and her boyfriend come. My friend James Simpliciano is a chef on Maui and also a small farmer. This was an awesome group and made it more fun for my guests from Canada. They really had hoped to meet some of the locals and have an experience getting close to the land.

Thanks to Jill Mayo for creating this video at Living Maui Social for Maui Country Farm Tours.

Getting close to the land with Greg and Susy Stille was priceless. We arrived at the barn at the top of Launiupoko which is backed to the West Maui mountains at the six hundred foot level. The barn doors were closed due to gusty winds coming off the mountains so we entered to the side door into the gorgeous coffee barn. Immediately everyone was so surprised at the amazing space that Greg and Susy have created. In front of the barn you notice the name engraved in concrete Piliani Kope Coffee Farm. There are French windows that flood the barn with light. The opposite end of the barn doors are rolled up to reveal a big view of the ocean and the farm.

Piliani Kope Coffee Farm
Fresh roasted and ground Coffee was brewing in a few pots with little sipping cups ready for us to taste. Susy had prepared fluffy looking pastries topped with apple bananas from the farm and I had the big ginger cookies from Whole Foods Market Kahului. They gave us the option of coffee now or later and we said “Now, Please” and so the experience began. Everyone wandered in the barn studying beautiful coffee machines for roasting, pulping, drying racks and also gifts, t-shirts and books for sale on various displays. They have traveled to Indonesia and acquired amazing wooden furniture and doors for their barn.
Nourishing the soil at Piliani Kope Coffee Farm
So after a taste of coffee we follow Greg and Susy into the field. It’s a two acre organic coffee farm. No pesticides or commercial fertilizers are used. The land was so rich with moisture and fertility.
Greg explained to us how he plants daikon, carrots, Italian parsley, allyssum, wild cherry tomatoes all to enhance the growing of the coffee. The ground is completely covered with nitrogen fixing pea plants making a deep, moist earthy trek through the coffee. I love how Greg explains that they plant the daikon and other root vegetables to pull nutrients from deep in the soil up to the top six to eight inches where the coffee roots are. They leave the root veggies to rot in the earth creating a funnel for water which aerates the soil and also delivers the nutrients more easily. This is so COOL. We tasted coffee cherries and learned that the fruit is used in energy drinks and teas, and the girls at AKLMaui are working on a skin care product using the coffee cherry.
Attracting beneficial insects to coffee flowers
They also plant tons of seeds for plants that have small flowers to attract the small bugs that are beneficial to pollinating the coffee flowers. Coffee flowers are very small fragrant white beautiful flowers that are in the gardenia family.
The coffee trees are descendants of the original Typica plants that were brought from Brazil to Hawaii by Governor Boki in 1825 on his way back from England. It is called “Kanaka Kope” and birds carried the seeds from the other side of Maui into the valley behind Greg and Susy’s place where the wild coffee plants took root. On hikes into the valley they discovered the trees and started planting seedlings on their property. They would carry out five gallon buckets on forty-five minute walks carrying the seedlings.
This is when they fell in love with the idea of growing coffee on Maui. Greg was originally in the grocery business in California and was looking for his dream on Maui and what to do when he retired. Hence Piliani Kope Coffee was born.
Greg Stille at Piliani Kope Coffee Farm
 Greg has amazing knowledge and pride in this farm. Together he and Susy have created their dream. We were all so thrilled to share in the Piliani Kope Coffee Farm experience. Trekking through the nitrogen fixing pea plants and nasturtium, Italian Parsley, carrots, radishes, daikon, calendulas, alyssum, coffee trees, tomatoes, cacao and some native plants like Ma`o (a native cotton) made me want get home and dig in the garden again and dream up my own farm.
Up at the barn we enjoyed our wonderful lunch prepared by Whole Foods Market Kahului and fruits from our place up-Country. Local oranges, lilikoi, apple bananas and pineapple were amazing.
Greg began roasting the coffee and we learned how gradually he raises the temperature to create the desired result. He let me choose how to make the blend. Today he was combining a yellow caturra and red catuai which I knew could be a spicy rich cabernet like blend.
So he went with a medium dark roast. As the coffee beans cooled Susy began to bag them in bright red foil 1/2 pound bags crimping them with her foot pedaled machine. We bought coffee and gifts.
Everyone loved this process and wanted to hold the barrel of coffee beans for a picture.
Roasting at Piliani Kope Coffee MauiGrown Coffee
Susy Stille Piliani Kope Coffee Farm
After Piliani Kope coffee farm We dropped our friends off at the harbor and continued the tour with our Canadian guests on to the Ka`anapali Coffee Farms to get the perspective of 2 acres compared to five hundred acres of coffee trees row after row after row.
Ka`anapali Coffee Farms MauiGrown Coffee
It is a beautiful sight and we loved climbing up the platform to view the trees from above.  I am so happy that James Kimo Falconer who originally worked as farmer with Pioneer Mill before it closed it’s doors in 2001 has revived the coffee farm and harvests MauiGrown Coffee. You can visit the website to purchase coffee or go to the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store at the big smoke stack landmark in Lahaina. I have learned so much about coffee here. The yellow caturra, a semi dwarf which likes hot dry conditions is the first to harvest in the fall. It has a yellow cherry rather than the typical red cherry. It is said to have a spicy undertone when roasted medium to dark. The Red Catuai also a semi-dwarf which likes the hot dry Ka`anapali climate is a cross between Caturra and Mundo Novo. This cross breeding occurred in Brazil in the 1960’s. It is said to be the cabernet of coffees. The reds are harvested in late fall. The other two coffees grown at Ka`anapali Coffee Farms are the Typicas and the Maui Mokka. The Typicas are grown on an area of the farm without pesticides for several years. They hope to go into organic production with them.  They are similar to the Kona Coffees except they are grown on Maui.
The name Mokka is taken from a port Al Mokha near it’s origin in Yemen (Ethiopia) the mother of all coffee. (Arabicas)
The Maui Mokka has a small bean, has a low yield and difficult to harvest therefore it is more rare. It also has chocolate flavors and a smooth good acidity. It is gaining notoriety all over the world. The coffee is harvested by machine on the five hundred acres and one hundred pound bags of green beans go to market all over the world.
We finished off the tour with a drive to the old Kapalua pineapple plantation and Honolua Bay. Our guests absolutely loved the tour and we were so glad to have shared Maui’s Agricultural Beauty on Maui Country Farm Tours. Looking forward to many more West Side Coffee Tours. If you’d like to experience it give us a call. 808 283-9131
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Jill Mayo and Aimee Paradise SInger
MauiGrown Coffee Beans at Piliani Kope

Piliani Kope Farm

On your way to Lahaina is an area called Lauiniupoko just before town. As you turn up towards the mountains (Mauka) you see the ancient valleys in the distance.

Launiupoko Mauka

Somehow you feel the presence of the original Hawaiians. In the past, sugar cane was grown here on the slopes of West Maui overlooking the island of Lana`i . Wild coffee was established in the gulch. When the sugar cane was discontinued, land was divided into agricultural lots. People purchased land, built their dream homes and began their cottage crops on Maui. At the top of the sub-divisions is where Greg and Susy Stille began their small coffee farm on two acres. It is called Piliani Kope. The view is magnificent.

Piliani Kope Farm

They have created a coffee barn above and adjacent to their home and the coffee trees are situated below the house in the gulch. This place is a must see on the West side of Maui. I met Susy and Greg at my first Christmas House which took place in their beautiful home and the home of  Betsy Talon (The Maui Staging Group). They sold out of their first harvest. It was a fantastic event. Crafters of Maui presented their work which was beautifully staged by Susy and Betsy. Greg sold the coffee and the artwork in the barn. It’s a really beautiful place. Coming back down the hill you see the breathtaking view of Lana`i and Maui’s wild coconut palm edged coastline.

Lanai

The ships are off Lahaina and Molokai is in the distance too. So pretty….

Boats docked near Lahaina

Clouds over Lanai