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Kula Backyard Farm Tours

Kula Backyard Farm Tour is a beautiful hands on experience at Aina Lani “Maui Fresh Herbs, Kula Beans Coffee Farm and Greenleaf Organic Farm.

Kula Backyard Farm Tour is our brand new tour

First Stop is Kula Beans Coffee Farm with Tama Brandeburg award winning coffee grower for a seed to cup experience on her gorgeous property and learn the art of coffee growing, processing from seed to cup. Taste delicious coffee and pastries or banana bread and wander into the one hundred and fifty trees learning how they are planted, cultivated, pruned, coffee cherries are picked, pulped, and beans are washed, dried and prepared for roasting. Crack macadamia nuts grown on the farm. Photograph proteas, orchids, papaya trees, pomegranates, greenhouses, coffee, citrus and avocado and more on this beautiful farm. Coffee beans

Next stop is Michael McCoy’s Aina Lani Farm. Immerse yourself in the trees and gardens, where Chinese greens, baby carrots, peas, edible flowers, lettuces, micro greens, hibiscus, gingers, herbs are grown.

Meet the beekeeper and taste the honey, citrus, avocado, clove and spices. Finally, we meet the Greenleaf Farm for an amazing education about compost, fertile soil and a farm lush with organic vegetables, coffee trees, ice cream bean, exotic plants, aquaponics and so much more.


Call Marilyn to book this personalized private farm tour. 808 283-9131  $160.00 per person for this amazing experience on three private farms includes sampling coffee, pastries, exotic fruits, and honey. (Minimum of six for this tour) otherwise book a private tour ($300.00 per person) and we’ll go to lunch at Kula Lodge too!)


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

Beautiful Aina Lani Farm

We have a 72 hour cancellation policy.

Are You Ready For Coffee Country?



It’s time to go explore a beautiful coffee farm in Kula, Maui learning how coffee trees are grown, pick cherries, pulp and wash beans, prepare for drying then sample the two award winning varietals grown here on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui.

You’ll love this gorgeous two acre manicured property in Kula, Maui. You’ll hear birds singing in the trees as you gaze upon the long stretch of land down to the coffee trees at Kula Beans Coffee Farm created by Tama and Donald Brandeburg. It’s so peaceful and quiet up here off the beaten path. A privilege to visit such a wonderful place.

Walk into the one hundred and fifty red catuai and typicas planted at 2200 ft elevation. The conditions are perfect for growing this award winning coffee. Winner of the Best in Cup for the entire state 2012 and Best on Maui also. King-proteaWe’ll also see proteas, tangelos, limes, macadamia nut, pomegranate, peach, lemons and avocados which grow beautifully in Hawaiʻi Nei. (Beloved Hawaii) Fluffy free range chickens greet us as we walk on the land and learn how a backyard grower creates a business from seed to cup of delicious city and French roasted coffees. Sample fresh made delicacies and buy fresh roasted organic coffee. Tour is 2 hours at the coffee farm finishing with lunch by Whole Foods Market

Turkey-sandwichKahului, Maui, turkey bacon spinach avocado aioli, Classic Italian or veggie, then we continue to Up Country galleries, Kula Marketplace, through Haleakala Ranch, Makawao Town and Paia town for short stops to shop for souvenirs and check out our unique old country towns.

Pick up at Whole Foods 8:45 AM

return by 2 PM

cost of tour $160.00 includes everything.

call Marilyn to book a tour 808 283-9131








The West Maui Farm Tour

LAHAINA ANIMAL FARM, MAUI DRAGON-FRUIT FARM, MauiGrown Coffee Company Store 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 to our coffee industry.

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

See the 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, ginger, pumpkins 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.

We can arrange tours for up to 75 guests when transportation is not included. Special events with beautiful luncheons overlooking the sea can be designed for your large groups. (Please call for quotes)

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Made in Hawaii Festival

In case you haven’t heard, the Made in Hawaii Festival is coming to Oahu August 16 – 18th, 2013 at the Neal Blaisdell Hall and Arena in Honolulu. 777 Ward Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii. Congratulations, exhibitors.Maui Bling by DeneenMaui Bling By Deneen

24pc_silktextured_boxSweet Paradise Chocolate There’s a lot going on. The three day show features “Made in Hawaii” Products including art, food products, books, plants, fashion, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Friday- Sunday Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM- 5 PM. Thanks to the Maui Office on Economic Development Several Maui entrepreneurs were invited to the big show and chosen to receive assistance with either a free booth or stipend for travel expenses. see the Mauinow.com release.  Adoboloco; Aloha Botanicals Maui; D’Rae Designs; Lako Kula Designs; Maui Bling by Deneen; Maui’s Dee-Lites; Maui Dog Treats; Maui Upcountry Jams & Jellies; Maui Preserved;Patticakes Bakery; Sweet Paradise Chocolatier; 808 Clothing Inc.; Kalapaki Girl (Molokai); Kupu Aʻe (Molokai); Art Beads Maui (Molokai).The Mayor’s Office announced the honored participants.Sweet-Paradise-Chocolate Our friend Melanie Boudar, the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier will be there. Those are her chocolates, above. This photo was taken of Melanie at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Her new Cottage Store at the Maui Tropical Plantation is open next to the Tram Entrance. Go visit Melanie and taste some chocolate. The map on the wall at the chocolate bar will tell the Story of Chocolate. Melanie also has bought a farm in Haiku and she is planting cacao and many other trees to compliment the chocolate like lilikoi vines, blood oranges, coffee, cloves, starfruit and vanilla. We look forward to visiting and creating chocolate in a hand’s on experience out on the farm. It will be amazing… Can’t wait to watch raw cacao transformed into chocolate. Love the movie “Chocolat”… Did someone say chocolate? Now I want chocolate. We all know the healing properties of Dark Chocolate. (It’s good for depression, passion, has the happiness effect, it’s a super fruit full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and dark chocolate is good for circulation.)

young cacao photo by Marilyn Jansen Lopes

We’re happy for all of you. Check out the list of vendors on the Made in Hawaii festival link. What an amazing line up. Have a great time everyone. Wish I could go. But alas…

Adobo Loco (maui)

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I’ll see you at the farms….


~ Marilyn 808 283-9131

Maui Ag Fest

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The Maui Ag Festival was bigger than ever. The crowd was amazing. The enthusiasm for farmers, food, flowers, coffee and all things agriculture was celebrated with music, Hula, Taste Education demonstrations with chefs paired with farmers and some of the most amazing talented people of Maui. The atmosphere was exciting, uplifting and energizing. We got to see friends and be surrounded by the things we love about Maui. There was so much going on from Spirits to chocolate, Ulu, (breadfruit), Taro, exotic fruits and vegetables, macadamia nuts, coffee, sugar, pineapple, citrus and avocados, persimmons, lavender and a flower arranging contest. The barbecue smoke permeated the air. Soccer groups served BBQ plates, others served pork sliders, Maui Cattle, ribs and others debuted Shaka Pops made from fresh fruits of our island. I barely got to see it all as I was working in the Education Tent with Pomai Weigert. We partnered together to share the Hawaii Ag-Tourism Association with everyone. As an incentive we offered a chance to win a free tour for two and over one hundred people signed up! The enthusiasm was so great I’m still smiling. I saw my friend Ken Love President of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Grower’s Association only for a moment at 7:30 AM.


Here I am meeting my Twitter friend, Macrobiotic Chef  @Macrohawaii  Leslie Ashburn.


My Friend and local hero, Susy Stille of Piliani Kope Farm. She and her husband Greg Stille (President of the Hawaii Coffee Association) were just voted one of our local heros for all the wonderful ways they give back to the community in the state of Hawaii.


The most abundant unique vegetables grow on Maui. This citrus is called Buddhas hand. The unusual cauliflower is grown by Coca farms in Kula, Maui. I get to visit many farms but have barely touched the surface when it comes to the eight hundred farms on Maui. If only everyone was ready for Ag-Tourism. For now we got to see many of the farmers come out in explosion at the Maui Ag Festival an annual event we would like to become a daily event. Imagine growing enough food on Maui that we could survive here without imported food. Well at least we could decrease dependence.



Here’s the small edible garden at the Lavender Farm in Kula. Situated among old proteas from South Africa and Australia, French, English and Spanish lavenders, the new edible gardens are a bounty of lettuce, bok choy, beans, peas, onions, chards, spinach, edible flowers and the orchard are full of stone fruits including plums, pears, apples, mulberries, citrus and avocado. There’s even a cinnamon tree. I can just imagine in five years how beautiful the orchard will be.


I never tire of the giant king proteas that took to the slopes of Haleakala back in the nineteen seventies. The lavender is gorgeous surrounded by prehistoric flowers that have been on earth since dinosaurs.



We love to take our guests to Ho`opkipa en route to the country farms. It gives us a sense of where we are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Now we  stop at Lumeria Maui on our way up Baldwin Avenue through the old Pineapple Country changing before our eyes. It’s a four star resort in the country popular for meditation retreats, yoga, massage, organic food and classes in horticulture and aromatherapy. The landscaping with palms and native plants is breathtakingly healthy and a beautiful place to feel the trades blowing through the palms.


We want to encourage native plantings of original Hawaiian Plants every day in Hawaii to help restore the natural beauty of the islands . The islands were so different in ancient times. Let us take the time to learn and preserve what is left. Part of the agricultural beauty is the preservation of the natural beauty that is Hawaii.


Pin Cushion flowers are plentiful on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui. There are over twenty five varieties.


The Jade flower vines are so beautiful at Maui’s Winery.


These awesome farmers are Manu Akana and David Horsman of Ho`opono Farms


Food from Ho`opono Farms West Maui Farm


Jimmy Gomes is Ranch Manager for Ulupalakua Ranch. Aloha Jimmy!


Coca Farms


These ladies are doing a wonderful thing with the “Waste Not, Want Not” Foundation. When fruit is needing to be harvested before it goes to waste, people call them sometimes on short notice to come and harvest. The food is donated to senior homes and after school programs. The Foundation is supported by donations.


Kula Country Farms Strawberries grow year round. The picking season for the public is February through May. They waited until after the Easter Egg hunt so everything would be perfectly beautiful for the children. The Pumpkins will be planted in the upper fields this summer for harvest in September and October. On the lower one hundred eighty acres more strawberries grow, and onions, cabbage, string beans, squash, kale, zucchinis, carrots, beets, and other root vegetables.



These are from my own garden where I grow lettuces, beets, string beans, carrots, peas, onions, chives, hollyhocks, basils, thyme, rosemary, sage, lilikoi, papaya, apple bananas, coffee trees and eagerly plan to dig in the soil and plant more.

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These are my old friends from Hana Fresh where I used to work as a registered nurse at the Hana Community Health center, now Hana Health. They’re growing on ten acres  and have a farmers market tent seven days a week in front of the clinic in Hana.


My friend Pomai Weigert and one of my partners in promoting agricultural tourism. We are connecting farmers and visitors in the community to enhance the visitor experience. People are wanting an enriched experience that takes them closer to the land. Our goal is to innovate, educate and perpetuate enthusiasm for agriculture. It takes a vision written on your heart to achieve a dream such as a farm, an added value product, a new way of making a living. We see the future of Hawaii as a series of cottage crops on all islands thriving and growing food for all. Many farmers want to do Ag tourism but don’t know where to begin. Hawaii Ag Tourism Association is here to walk you through the hoops. There are many steps to make your farm ready and you can begin by utilizing the check list available at the HATA website. “Are you ready for Ag-Tourism?” First become a member by joining HATA. Together each achieves more. We will work together. Lani Weigert, the co-founder of Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm is the executive director,  and together we can use that model to create many more successful farms.


The Maui Ag Festival was a “farmers market on steroids” as Melissa Chang said it in her blog at Non Stop Honolulu. Maui is really off the charts full of talent, and amazing farmers, chefs and gardeners. The creativity is inspiring for everyone to see. So come join us any day of the week on Maui. We’ll visit farmers, farmers markets, chefs and foodies, artists and agricultural beauty.

We love sharing Maui’s agricultural beauty!

Call me to schedule a personalized tour. 808 283-9131

~ Marilyn


All Your Dreams Coming True

Imagine all your dreams are coming true…


Visiting Maui Coffee farms


Magnificent surfing beaches


Lavender and Protea Farms


Watching edible gardens come to life on Maui and taking home memories for life…

We’re sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty and it IS a dream come true…

Join us 🙂 808 283-9131
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Marilyn Jansen Lopes

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.


The Coffee cherries were ripe for the harvest.


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.


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


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.


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


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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.


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


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.


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


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…


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
808 283-9131
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MauiGrown Coffee at Ka`anapali

The famed Maui Mokka, Red Catuai (Cat-Y-ee), and Yellow Caturra


We’ll be sampling these coffee cherries on the farm tour at K`aanapali Fresh “A Culinary Experience” Saturday September 1, 9 AM- 12PM


I’ll be giving the history of coffee from its origin in Ethiopia and migration to Yemen where it was first cultivated over a thousand years ago. Do you know how coffee was discovered?


That’s Jeff Ferguson above pictured next to a coffee harvester. It’s amazing how the rods spin among the coffee branches to shake the cherries loose where they fall into a hopper and an elevator takes them to the top to be transported by trailer to the mill.


It’s an amazing story of betrayal, love and legends that have been made about whole crops being destroyed and a single plant creating the future plants of all Central America, Brazil and Hawaii.


Maui is making history this very moment with our developing region of Ka`anapali where four varieties of coffee that are perfectly suited to the hot, dry conditions of West Maui are thriving. The Maui Mokka, Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra and Typicas, Progeny 502 and 6661 are thriving because of the efforts of James “Kimo” Falconer bringing the coffee plants back to health since they were abandoned in 2001 and left only on continuous irrigation.


It’s very exciting to delve deeper into the history of coffee. As I study the information I’m taken on a journey from Ethiopia where coffee is native, 50 miles away across the Red Sea to Yemen where coffee was first cultivated. From Yemen coffee Arabica was taken to the Dutch East Indies in the 1690’s where coffee plants were smuggled out of Arabia Felix (the ancient name for Yemen which means “fortunate Arabia” named for its fertile area). The Port of Al Mokha is actually what the Mokka is named after. The region of its birthplace is Ethiopia but today the Mokka variety is grown in Yemen at 10,000 feet. On Maui it does well at 500 feet above sea level in Ka`anapali.


The single coffee plant that barely survived the journey was brought to the New World by a French Army officer to a Martinique plantation and that plant produced the seeds and cuttings that would produce coffee in the Caribbean, Central America, South America and eventually Hawai`i.


I love how a French Lieutenant wanted some beans from the Governor of French Guiana ( in South America ) but was turned down, so he sweet talked the Governor’s wife who gave him the beans. Brazil became the producer of a third of the world’s coffee due to the favorable climate.


Thirteen hundred years later coffee comes full circle when it returned to Africa via the newly built Uganda Railway to Kenya. White settlers were encouraged to plant and Nairobi became a coffee growing area with Mombasa as the major port.


If you’re not signed up for the Ka`anapali Fresh Farm Tour see the link at Ka`anapaliFresh. We’ll be making several stops in the various fields at Ka`anapali Coffee Estate, tasting coffee cherries, meeting the man who made it possible, James “Kimo” Falconer, filming, photographing, then passing through the coffee mill for an overview of the processing from cherries being washed, pulped, dried, sorted and prepared for
export in 100 lb. bags of green beans. If you miss our tour you can visit the Farmers Market 7-11 at The Whalers Village in Ka`anapali.


It’s going to be a beautiful, agricultural morning, from seed to cup and we’ll be having wonderful light refreshments  at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store where guests will be exploring the historical smoke stack, the original sugar cane train, photos of the old Pioneer Mill, sampling MauiGrown Coffee on the Lanai and viewing the story of coffee inside where they can purchase and ship green, roasted, whole beans and ground 100 % MauiGrown coffee.


It’s so exciting to be a part of history in the making. I look forward to seeing you and sharing Ka`anapali’s Agricultural Beauty.


~ Marilyn

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes http://mauicountryfarmtours.com
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