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Summertime Maui Tours

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 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.

See tours at the tab above or the calendar or click here!

 

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)

(Private tours $225.00 per person will be customized for you.) 2012-09-03 11.35.072012-09-02 10.21.40

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.

(Private tours $225.00 per person will be customized for you.) 2012-09-03 11.35.072012-09-02 10.21.40

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.

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Food from Ho`opono Farms West Maui Farm

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

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Coca Farms

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

 

“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.

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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.

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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

My Day with @NotQuiteNigella

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I was so tickled when I got a tweet that my Twitter friend Lorraine was to be on Maui for 5 days and would love to meet me.

I’d been following her awesome food blog Not Quite Nigella since 2009. She is highly creative and a total inspiration.
She’s also gorgeous! I told her I’d love to pick up she and Mr NQN (her hubbie) and give them a tour of Maui’s Agricultural Beauty.
We began in Ka`anapali where I took them to Ka`anapali Coffee Farms 500 acres of beautiful plantation. Then I took her to meet Jeff Ferguson a the MauiGrownCoffee Company Store

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After sampling delicious red catuai, yellow caturra, and of course Maui Mokka, we traveled to Launiupoko to meet Greg and Susy Stille who took the time to give us a wonderful tour amidst the craziness of getting ready for Christmas House this weekend.
(Friday night November 16, 17 & 18)

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We had an awesome day together. We sampled more delicious Piliani Kope blends of coffee with vegan oatmeal cookies and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies from Whole Foods Kahului, Maui. So perfect with fresh brewed black Piliani Kope Coffee. Greg loves to share their story of how they decided to grow coffee and settle on Maui. In the field he showed us the prized Geisha plants which are getting established among the Kanaka Kope Typicas from the wild pickings deep in the valley behind Launiupoko. We tasted Ice Cream beans and raw cacao. We tromped through the lush wet perma-culture that Greg has created to nourish the coffee plants. It’s an amazingly beautiful place and we’re very excited about coffee in Hawaii. Next year 2013 is the bi-centennial of coffee growing in Hawaii. There will be lots of activity celebrating coffee next year.

Lorraine insisted on taking me to Mama’s Fish House where we had a to-die -for lunch. I ordered my favorite their signature Mac crusted Mahi stuffed with lobster and crab and topped with a small lobster tail and a lilikoi beur blanc sauce. So ono…Lorraine and Mr. NQN ordered one of those and the delicious, moist  ono a deep sea white fish with bok choy and a chili pepper sauce (I think). For appetizers we sampled an array of raw fish, my favorite the ahi, and the trio of fish. They also tried the octopus.Mama's Fish House Lilikopi Creme Brulee

Dessert was the incredible lilikoi creme brulee and the chocolate pie (a favorite of the employees at Mama’s) topped with Kula Strawberries and whipped cream.

After our delicious lunch we headed up a country road to the 4,000 foot level. I showed them how to get to the Lavender Farm for her next appointment in the morning and pointed out the amazing O`o Farm along the way. I loved driving along with my blogging friend and was so excited to share Maui’s agricultural beauty. Love the drive to Ulupalakua, telling the history of the ranch along the way, past the ancient rock walls created by Hawaiians (without mortar) hundreds of years ago. It takes you visually and in spirit to an old old Maui, before hotels and tourism.

This was the latest I ever arrived at Maui’s Winery and the ladies were surprised. You see I changed my schedule this day…

Lorraine is from Australia and has been blogging daily for years. Prior to this she was in the advertising business placing ads for businesses. She loves to bake and her photographs are stunning. (She and Mr. NQN. share in the photographing). When you check out her web-site, see the Anthony Bourdain interview as well as the exciting news that she has a book coming out in 2013. (published by Penguin Books) Lorraine Elliot is in high demand as a travel writer in Australia, a very large country. She says it’s three thousand miles across (just like the USA). This is her first trip to Hawaii as a guest of Hawaii Tourism Authority. She has fallen in love with the islands and I can’t wait to see what she writes about our home in the Pacific. I introduced @notquitenigella to @Melissa808 on Twitter and they got together to share some local food with @TheDailyDish Catherine Toth. (Three Foodie Bloggers together in Honolulu) What fun that must have been.

Did you know it takes nine hours to fly directly from Australia to Hawaii?

Someday I’ll go to Australia and visit Lorraine in her country. Meanwhile I must continue to stay on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean enjoying maui’s Agricultural beauty and sharing every bit of it with you.

 

 

Aloha for now,

~ Marilyn

 

Would you love a private tour of Maui? Call me to arrange your personalized tour.

~ Marilyn

🙂

 

 

808 283-9131
808 280-1621

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://Mauicountryfarmtours.com

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
http://mauicountryfarmtours.com
808 283-9131
@jamarilyn on Twitter
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My Kaanapali Weekend

This weekend was the Ka’anapali Fresh “a culinary experience” an event featuring the Chefs, Farmers, creative Mixologists, with music performances Saturday by Makana and Spyro Gyro and Sunday by Third Eye Blind.

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My weekend began at the Westin Villas where we checked in for two nights and prepared for our Ag-Tour of Kaanapali Coffee Estate in the morning.

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Here’s my husband Ricky with Akina Tours Bus driver, Herman, who did a wonderful job transporting our group of nearly fifty passengers. Shelley Kekuna (above with me) is the executive director of Kaanapali Resorts. Shelley created this event along with her superb event planner Toni Rojas of Sterling Performance Company. That’s James “Kimo” Falconer on the right. It was great to meet Kimo and learn more about the coffee farm he revived and how we’re making history on Maui in Kaanapali with MauiGrown Coffee.

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It’s an 80 billion dollar industry and the only commodity bigger than coffee is oil. Everyone loved the tour. Dania Katz of @KupuMaui served light wonderful refreshments (chai smoked pork, dragon fruit, pineapple with coconut sprinkles on skewers) as we sampled 100% MauiGrown Coffee. We provided gift bags filled with Kaanapali Estate Coffee, hand-made cards, coffee farm maps, Javalavalavas, and Hawaiian cards by @SoPupuka plus Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazines for each guest. I played ukulele on the drive from the farm to MauiGrown Coffee Company Store and they asked on the way back “Are you gonna pull out that ukulele again?” and I said “I sure am!” and played Island Style, and Paula Fuga’s song for the ride back to Whaler’s Village… It was so much fun.

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It was wonderful to spend time near the water and the first thing I noticed about Kaanapali was the air. Breezy, beautiful afternoons, gorgeous sunsets, lovely mornings take me back to imagining Hawaiians in ancient times here on Maui. I can see why they chose Kaanapali for their Royal place. With plentiful water from four streams coming out of the West Maui Mountains, fertile valleys for taro patches, farmland to plant sweet potatoes (uala), and the most abundant fishing in the waters and streams, it was a perfect place to live.

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Kaanapali is blessed with beauty.

 

Kaanapali Fresh weekend was all about the land, the chefs and farmers, the music and culture, and the coffee.

 

Call us anytime for a tour of the coffee farms or a personalized Up-Country Farm Tour.

 

~ Marilyn

 

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes
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MauiGrown Coffee at Ka`anapali

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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MauiGrown Coffee Kaanapali Roast

Getting ready to share Kaanapali’s Agricultural Beauty at #KFreshMaui on Saturday, September 1, 2012 9-Noon

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We’re hosting the Farm tour for 50 people, mostly media persons who have come to write about the Ka’anapali Fresh Culinary Event.
James “Kimo” Falconer is responsible for resurrecting the farm and establishing the brand “MauiGrown Coffee” in 2003. He’ll be on the farm to meet everyone on the tour.

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Can’t wait to get Into the field and see the coffee trees ripe for harvest. We’ll be sampling coffee cherries in the Maui Mokka section of the Kaanapali Coffee Estates. Maui Mokka is gaining world wide recognition.

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These are coffees packaged and ready to ship at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store in Lahaina by the famous Old Pioneer Mill Smokestack.

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There are four types of coffee grown on the 500 acre coffee estate. Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Typica and Mokka.

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The tour is nearly sold out and we’re thrilled to be a part of Kaanapali Fresh a Culinary Event. It’s all about the culture, food, farms and coffee. After touring the Coffee Estates and climbing up to the viewing platform for photos overlooking all of Kaanapali we’ll head to the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store to get an overview of the mill where the coffee is processed, then sample coffees, shop, see the behind the scenes story of coffee and enjoy wonderful refreshments on the lanai and in the shade by the Old Pioneer Sugar Mill landmark. Sitting there you feel a touch of old Maui. It’s really nice…

 

Hope to see you in Ka’anapali…

 

808 283-9131
808 280-1621

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://Mauicountryfarmtours.com