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The Tours

HALF-DAY TOURS
9 AM The 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.
Maui Country Farm Tours Van
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. 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.

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. 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) $125.00 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 for an additional $50.00 per person.

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 -4:45 PM

NEW OCEAN VODKA ORGANIC FARM AND DISTILLERY

Deluxe Up-Country Photo Farm Tour:

~ Scenic Ocean View Tour of Ho`okipa Beach Park

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

~ Pineapple Country

~ Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

~ Lavender Farm for Tea or Coffee and scones

~ Lunch created by Whole Foods Kahului. Maui.

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 chevres flavored with herbs from the 42 ACRE farm. They have 18 award winning cheeses. Feeding-the-goats

FINISH AT THE  New Ocean Vodka Organic Sugar Farm and Distillery and bottling operation. (open for tours April 29, 2013) where we’ll experience the organic sugar farm plantings and learn how Ocean Vodka is created from Sea water, fermented with the sugar and the distilling and bottling process. 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 8:00 AM, Whole Foods Market 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. 8:15 AM and Lahaina Harbor 9:00 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. The barn is a gorgeous place flooded with light from the French Windows over the coffee bar. Beautiful 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.

Piliani Kope Farm

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: $150.00 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. There’s also Kumu Farms planting food at the plantation with plans for a hands on picking produce market. 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 maps of the old plantation camps that are the history of 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 $99.00 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.

silver leaf proteas on a beautiful day at akl maui

Silver Leaf Proteas at the lavender farm.

Nursery at aklmaui

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

Proteas at akl

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

Sweet english lavender

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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OR
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.

ocean vodka barn

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.

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My Day with @NotQuiteNigella

Not Quite Nigella
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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

🙂

 

 

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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
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Maui Coffee News

Kanaka Kope Coffee

The first Maui Coffee Festival will take place this Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. The Maui Coffee Association together with the Maui County Farm Bureau have been planning this event for months.
Greg Stille, president of the Maui Coffee Association and president of the Hawaii Coffee Association says there will be tents near the fountain featuring coffee plants, coffee roasting and tasting of the winning Maui coffee growers from the Hawaii Coffee Association event which took place at the Maui Tropical Plantation in July.


This is an exciting and challenging time for coffee in Hawaii. MauiGrown is emerging as a world-renowned coffee just as Kona is fighting the coffee borer which has destroyed over thirty percent of their crops. Essential measures must be taken to destroy the coffee borers and also prevent the spread to other islands. This involves diligent removal of coffee cherries falling to the ground and incineration of them. The coffee borer gets into the cherries and can lay eggs and multiply creating a disaster for our agriculture industry. In discussions with James “Kimo” Falconer, of MauiGrown Coffee, Greg said they have talked about the need to treat trees with an anti-fungal product which the coffee borer doesn’t like and also getting to the wild trees deep in the valleys which is a mind boggling task.

Kaanapali Coffee Farms
Greg said it was difficult to get Maui Coffee Farmers to open up their farms to visitors during the recent event due to fear of spreading the bug. Currently, anyone who has visited a Kona Coffee Farm must remove that clothing before traveling. He held a welcoming event at their two acre organic coffee farm Piliani Kope Farm in Launiupoko.
Greg has traveled to Kona for the monthly meetings as well as twice a month to Honolulu to participate at the legislature in the communication on Ag House Bill 280 (the self certification bill) and a bill to prevent Ag theft and Ag counterfeiting. There’s a lot in the works and please follow Maui Country Farm Tours for all the exciting events to come. They’re hoping to have monthly events about coffee including students, pastry chefs, bringing food and agriculture to the forefront of Maui Tourism.
If you want to learn about the coffee industry in Hawaii and taste some of the most delicious coffee on the planet come to Wailea, Saturday August 4, 2012.

 

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See http://www.mauiweekly.com/page/content.detail/id/510090.html

The West Maui Coffee Tour

This is it. We’re starting the West Maui Coffee Tours. It’s a gorgeous tour that starts from the moment we pick you up and take you on a scenic drive along Maui’s rugged coastline to Lahaina in our beautiful eight passenger air-conditioned van with huge picture windows. You’ll love the drive along the blue, blue sea. Lahaina is minutes away from agricultural beauty.
Once everyone is on board, our first stop is up to Launiupoko to visit Greg and Susy Stille at Piliani Kope Coffee Farm.

Launiupoko Mauka

Greg and Susy were originally in the grocery business in Northern California and visited Maui for twenty two years. They fell in love with Maui, but didn’t know what they would do over here when they retired.
We recently brought our cruise ship passengers to Piliani Kope Farm and Susy told us the story so well. Greg was on the mainland picking up the new Italian coffee roasting machine. She gave a wonderful history of their farm. Her enthusiasm was so contagious and the gorgeous barn they have created is a work of art. Our guests loved the entire tour and wondered how anyone could possibly stay back on the ship. If you’re in the islands you don’t want to miss out experiencing all the beauty Hawaii has to offer.

I love how the doors roll up on both sides to reveal ocean and mountain views. Susy showed us the coffee trees and how they cropped them for easy picking. She explains the difference between normal pulped coffee and coffee which has been left to ripen on the tree which is called “natural” and back at the barn she shows us how beans are washed and pulped in the pulping machine. Every bit of the pulp from the coffee cherry is saved to go back into the compost. Some companies are using the fruit to create super food drinks.

A wall of French windows lights up the beautiful coffee tasting bar and the whole barn comes to life. There’s coffee art on the big walls and the unique coffee processing machines are a work of art too.

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. I brought apple-banana bread that everyone loved with their fresh black coffee.

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. 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.

Piliani Kope Farm

 

We leave beautiful Piliani Kope to explore the Ka`anapali  Estate Coffee trees where four varieties of coffee trees are grown on approximately 300 acres. The history is that the Pioneer Mill which originally grew Sugar cane since 1860 phased into growing coffee in 1988. They had planted about 500 acres. The plan was to replace sugar dollar for dollar but it soon became apparent that this wasn’t possible because of the high costs of infrastructure, so in 2001 Ka`anapali Estate Coffee closed. They chose to keep the trees alive with continued irrigation. Currently there are coffee estates for sale where people can build their homes.
See http://mauigrowncoffee.com  James (Kimo) Falconer who was originally a farmer  with Ka`anapali Estate Coffee was given a lease in 2003 to 125 acres of the original 500 acre farm. As MauiGrown Coffee he resurrected the Ka`anapali Estate Coffee trees. His first harvest was in 2004.
You’ll learn all about them. (Mokka, Red Catuai, Typica and Yellow Caturra) There’s so much to learn about coffee. The coffee is sold worldwide and the rare Mokka has given Maui Coffee notoriety, just as Kona Coffee has for the Big Island of Hawaii.

We continue on a scenic tour of the beautiful Kapalua coastline. We feel like we can almost touch Molokai across the channel.
We stop at The Maui Grown Coffee Company Store to shop for gifts before departing through quaint Lahaina Town. Coffee can be shipped directly from the store. Jeff Ferguson manages the store.
If you are truly interested in the land and origins of Maui coffee and would love a hands on experience on the land you will love this adventure.  The entire journey is photographed and you’ll receive a digital postcard of your gorgeous Maui Coffee Farm Tour.
Then it’s back to the Harbor at 2PM and Kahului by 3PM. Tour 6 hours (Maximum 7 passengers)
Cost of Tour: $150.00

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~ Marilyn