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, Surfing Goat Dairy, 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!

 

Designer Farm Tours

We love designing tours for groups! 

This group is the Intermountain Farmer Association from Bountiful, Utah. We planned a beautiful day for these Ag savvy guests. We visited Surfing Goat Dairy, Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm and Ulupalakua Ranch for our beautiful lunch finale with Chef Will, Deby, Kevin and Jimmy Gomes, ranch manager spoke to our group while they enjoyed a country style lunch of Maui Cattle burgers, green salads, potatoe Mac, Maui chips, and soft drinks followed by Roselani Haupia and Mac nut ice cream served in mason jars. They loved everything about our island hospitality.
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Let’s Talk Story

Chinese at Ocean VodkaWe’ve had an exciting couple of weeks sharing Maui’s Agricultural beauty. I was honored to have fourteen guests from Hong Kong China on a special Farm Tour. I received the urgent call from Hong Kong. The lady wanted to book my tour for her guests to be picked up at Andaz Wailea and said they would like to do tastings, see lots of flowers, have a sit down lunch in a restaurant, see pineapple, taste pineapple and then be dropped off at Lahaina Harbor Pacific Whale Foundation for shopping. I customized a tour for them. As you can see we had a wonderful time. Andaz WaileaUpon arrival at the beautiful Andaz Hotel in Wailea, I met the spokesperson for the group in the lobby. Andaz provided beautiful water bottles for the guests. This was an incentive tour for a Company providing their top achievers with a trip to Maui, Oahu and Korea. They were wonderful. A staff member traveled with us and he said his job was “to keep everyone happy” which he did. The laughter was infectious. I would talk about Maui in short segments and he would translate into Chinese. He said their island home in Hong Kong had a population of seven million, so when I mentioned Maui has a lot of cars, he laughed as we live on such a rural and beautiful island. Chinese Group ShotOur first stop was the Ocean Vodka organic farm and distillery. I had booked a short tour as I was told that Hong Kong people like a fast paced tour. We also had to fit in a lot of places so timing was very important. Everything was perfect. At Ocean Vodka, the guests loved sampling sugar, meeting the rooster, (pest control), walking out to the sugar and into the beautiful barn for a tour of the bottling and distilling areas. China girls with me at Ocean Vodka Barn They love to take pictures so I shared many a photo opportunity with my sweet and kind guests from Hong Kong. This was a young group of Chinese aged twenty five to fifty. They were so much fun. Some spoke English but it was great to have my Chinese speaking assistant on the team. He purchased Shot glass souvenirs for each guest at Ocean Vodka. The VIP (Owner of the company and his escort) actually caught up with us on the tour. We continued on to Surfing Goat Dairy for a delicious sampling of cheese. photo(63) photo(62)They surfed on the surf boards, took photos with the baby goats and really enjoyed the farm.photo 1 photo 2 photo 3  Then we headed to photo 5 photo 5 photo 4 photo 4Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm where they fell in love with the beautiful Lavender, Proteas, hydrangeas, and enjoyed more photo opportunities together. They were so amazed at the beautiful boutique, the view from AKLMAUI, and the feeling you get just being in that gorgeous place surrounded by flowers, trees, succulents, olive trees, herbs and the scent of lavender. Some enjoyed lavender lemonade, lavender tea, lavender coffee before we headed to a delicious lunch prepared at Kula Lodge. Lunch at Kula Lodge Chinese Guests Parting shotWe ordered in advance and called ahead as we departed the Lavender farm. Upon arrival everything smelled wonderful. It must have been the baby back ribs, and the kiawe in the pizza oven down below in the gardens. They loved it. After lunch we wandered the gardens and when everyone was coming back to the van I provided a platter of fresh cut Maui Gold Pineapple to sample as I played ukulele. They each took a photo with me. That was great fun. We finished off our fun day by stopping by Maui Pineapple to meet Ricky who had several pineapples for us. We all cheered and departed for Lahaina, arriving in perfect time give or take a few minutes for their shopping trip. Aloha Oe, I had a wonderful day with all my Chinese guests. Look forward to sharing Maui’s Agricultural beauty again and again. Next time we go to the Dragonfruit farm, Lahaina Family Farm, Lahaina Animal Farm and Kaanapali Coffee Farms. Call Me 808 283-9131 or email info@mauicountryfarmtours.com

Edible Hawaiian Islands Farm Day

photo(61)Saturday May 24, 2014 Maui Country Farm Tours is doing the “Farm Day” Tour of three Maui farms. As part of the Edible Hawaiian Islands farm day #EHIFarmDay. We’re offering a one day only Up-Country Farm Tour for the special price of $49.00 per person (kids and adults). This wonderful morning up country tour will begin at Whole Foods Market Kahului 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. in the center court of the Maui Mall. Maui Country Farm Tours will be the transportation as a benefit for Hawaii Agri-Tourism Association (HATA). All proceeds go to HATA so we can help support farmers statewide to increase their sales of Added-Value products. Please join HATA if you want to set up your farm for Ag-Tours and learn from the leaders how to run a successful operation.

The tour begins at 8:30 AM and returns to Whole Foods by 2PM.

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Our first farm is the beautiful Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm on the slopes of Haleakala Crater. We’ll have lavender tea or coffee and lavender scones and a walk in the lush protea and lavender gardens. We’ll shop in the gorgeous lavender boutique for lotions and creams, tea and jellies, honey, essential oils, soaps, sachets, gourmet seasonings, artwork, jewelry and more. Everyone can agree that Ali`i Kula lavender is a highlight of our tours.

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027 (2)Silver leaf Protea viewAfter this breathtaking farm, we’ll travel down a country road to The Surfing Goat Dairy for a delightful tour of the farm famous for its 18 award winning cheeses. Their plain chevre is poignantly named “Udderly” delicious. We sample a delicious flight of cheese after a visit into the fields to meet the adorable herds. Lots of babies and mamas to make cheese year round. Surfing Goat Dairy has transformed 42 acres of dry land to a grassy haven for Goat Cheese lovers and animals to play.

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After a fun and delicious time at the Goat farm we travel on down for the finishing touch of the day to the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. Its a gorgeous new farm on eighty acres of land with over ten acres planted in thirty varieties of organic sugar cane. It is harvested sustainably for the production of the vodka to produce a delicious vodka that tastes of a hint of the sea. You’ll enjoy a sampling at the end of your tour of the sugar, the distillery and the beautiful barn that houses the bottling operations.

 

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It’s a beautifully manicured grassy martini garden filled with herbs and plants perfect for martinis like lavender, thai basil, mint and lemon grass. The sugar has a wonderful sound when the wind blows and you walk up close to it to see the ancient varieties from some of the original Hawaiian Canoe crops.

 

 

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You’ll taste some sugar cane upon arrival in the gift shop as we prepare for the tour. Afterwards you can shop for souvenirs, t-shirts, vodka goat cheese truffles, and beautiful bottles of Ocean Vodka. The bottles are made in France from recycled materials and a soy-based ink is used for the Ocean Vodka design. They’re beautiful.

Sharing Maui's Agricultural Beauty

We totally enjoyed the #mauiag festival on Saturday April 5, 2014 at The Maui Tropical Plantation. It was so exciting to see what the farmers and chefs of Maui have to offer on the one day they all come together to share the abundance of the land. Come next year and celebrate the chefs and farmers of our island. Visit the farmers markets weekly throughout the year. Check out the Edible Hawaiian Islands Farm guide for all islands of Hawaii.

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See you on the #EHIFarmDay Please share with your friends.

We always serve a Maui Gold Pineapple and lilikoi (Passionfruit) juice.

We love sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty and you’ll go home with a memory for life from three of our beautiful farms. See all our Up Country Farm Tours and Coffee Tours here.

Aloha,

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

Maui Christmas

Aloha everyone,

Mele Kalikimaka to all our friends, families and visitors to Maui. What a wonderful time to let go and just enjoy each other’s company in a spirit of sharing and enjoying the beauty of Maui. Sunny or cloudy, Maui has a wonderful closeness like nowhere else in the world. It has been compared to a large campus because everywhere you go you may cross paths with a friend or familiar face and have the opportunity to talk story and share what’s been happening in your life.

  There’s so much going on at every resort for visitors and local alike. See Sheila Beil’s blog GoVistHawaii for all the Christmas Eve and Christmas happenings on Maui. Kama`ainas (Locals) love to go out for parties at the resorts in a gorgeous setting overlooking the magnificent ocean. Kama`aina  means “Child of the land” but one is actually treated like a child of the land on Maui when they have lived here for a short time.
  We hope you get that feeling when you visit Maui that you are treated like family and when you depart have the feeling that you must return.
 I fell in love with Maui in the seventies but finally moved here permanently in 1996 and married a local boy in 2005. Together we created Maui Country Farm Tours. When you marry a local boy you get to know much more about the culture and feel a part of history in the making on Maui.
  We love to share this when we visit the farms. When people arrive on Maui today they see our island magnificent beauty, the boutiques and restaurants and drive through old towns of Makawao, Paia, Wailuku and Lahaina. What I like to do is imagine the olden days and then the ancient times here in Hawaii. I sit at Ka`anapali Beach looking out to Lanai and imagine not a single building there. I think of the ocean lapping at the shore and sleeping on the land with a tapa blanket, palm trees swaying in the breeze. Then I’m brought back to reality in my soft hotel sheets and king sized bed enjoying the feel of luxury on Maui.
  I let my imagination go up to the country. What did Hawaiians do up there? How did they live off the land for nearly one thousand years?
 On a Native Plant farm we can learn about the plants that were here before Hawaiians set foot on the land. We learn about how they used plants for healing, for structures, and how they cared for their resources by conserving and taking only what they needed so there would be more for later to ensure their survival. Hawaiians were very resourceful people.
  In modern times farmers are providing vegetables and meats to our population. Be sure to check out The Maui Cattle Company beef. It can be found at Whole Foods Market in Kahului and the small stores like Long’s, Pukalani Superette and Ulupalakua Ranch Store. If you live here, you can check out Beef and Blooms by William Jacintho and his family. Maui is famous for the Maui Onions and Kula Greens.Kula Country Farms is growing on one hundred and eighty acres of leased land Up-Country. Rich volcanic soil and cool mountain nights are perfect for cabbage, lettuce, spinach, arugulas, root vegetables, squash, strawberries, asparagus, corn, flowers like tuber rose, lilies, snap dragons, babies breath and some tropicals like bird of paradise. O`o Farms is growing the vegetables, herbs and fruits for their restaurants I`o and Pacific O.
    Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm has acres of lavender and proteas thriving on the southwest facing slopes of Haleakala at 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. We love to enjoy lavender tea and scones with our guests so they can take it all in before  a walking tour with one of their proud experts on the farm.
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  We love sharing beautiful Ulupalakua Ranch and actually taking time to slow down under hundred and fifty year old trees at Maui’s Winery. Visitors can drive to all these places but for those who would like to be escorted on a personalized tour we’d love to take you there.
  It’s so much fun to go as a small group to Surfing Goat Dairy and enjoy a flight of cheese after learning about the history of the farm and the goat milking and cheese making process. We eat, we shop, take pictures and enjoy the scenic ride without a care for how to get there.
You’re in good hands with Rick and Marilyn. Want to get out to the country and see how life goes on up the mountain? Call us 808 283-9131     Eat, tour farms and have fun.

 Please visit all our Maui Bloggers  and friends to see what they have to offer about our wonderful island. A Maui Blog, MauiShopGirl, KulaFields, MauiInformationGuide, TheOhanaMama, TikiTales, TobyNeal, GlutenFreeMaui, MauiDish and see a movie during the holidays at “First Light” in the wonderful Castle Theatre.You’ll get a wealth of fun and information and make new friends on Maui. Be sure to check out Toby Neal’s new book Blood Orchids Big Island based crime novel, (great for beach reading) and Tiki Tales for wonderful children’s books of Hawaii. The Ohana Mama has a fabulous Maui Mama Blog and she is an amazing entrepreneur with a new product called Tag-A-Towel. The Gluten Free Maui girl has lots to share and Kula Fields is delivering fresh Maui fruits and vegetables grown by our farmers right to your doorstep! It wouldn’t be Christmas without a great film, especially on Maui and it wouldn’t be Maui without a trip to the country.
So what are you doing for Christmas on Maui?

I Had This Idea For A Farm Tour

I had this idea for a Scenic Farm Tour…

We acquired this beautiful bus from the Old Maui Pineapple company auction. It had been used by Kapalua Hotel as a shuttle.

Maui Country Farm Tours Van  When things began to change on Maui and the economy got crazy, I thought let’s do something we might really enjoy that could also bring attention to the farms on Maui. I was especially concerned when I heard that we could run out of food in a week and a half, if the ships stopped coming to our island. This was shocking to think that in a perfect climate we weren’t growing enough food to sustain the population, when Hawaiians had survived here for over eight hundred years living off the land and the sea.

I knew that the sugar cane was diminishing and Maui has the only working sugar plantation in the state. I envisioned the future of Hawaii as a series of cottage crops all over the island sustaining the people. But how will this get started if young people don’t take interest in farming and agriculture? The average farmer is sixty years old. Kula Country Farms was started by young farmers Chauncey Monden and Teena Monden, growing pumpkins, corn, onions, strawberries, herbs, flowers and whatever is in season. The Lavender Farm, “Ali`i Kula Lavender” is thriving and carrying on the legacy of Ali`i Chang it’s founder and providing scholarships to the youth of Maui who qualify to learn the business of agriculture. Lani and Pomai Weigert have traveled around the US and Canada teaching what they have learned about their successful “Country Chic” Brand.   I recently attended the “Added-Value” Workshop sponsored by Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao where several of Hawaii’s growers shared information on product creativity, product development and their stories of how they put together their businesses. Lani shared how they received their first $100,000.00 USDA added-value grant. Added-Value means products. I learned so much about products created for sale from ingredients Grown On Maui. For more information on Grants go to Grants.gov  We are so inspired by Lani Weigert  of the Lavender Farm and now Pomai  Weigert and Koa Chang who run operations. As they explain, originally they marketed to the seniors and now they are focusing on the youth.

Koa Chang of Ali`i Kula Lavender

I began the process of marketing when I created my books, The Amaryllis of Hawaii series, what a ride. I have been an organic gardener since twenty-five years old, I love to cook, and do every creative thing I can get my hands on. I have a burning desire to share with the world so I offer it daily via Twitter, Facebook, Flicker and You-Tube. Coming soon, much more video teaching of how to cook, how to plant and how to create whatever I’m up to at the time such as card-making, sewing, quilting, painting on tees, plant a tree, planting bulbs, making a pie-crust, lemon-meringue pie, apple pies, pumpkin pies, lilikoi jelly, stuffing a turkey and the whole day. I’m also a registered nurse and really enjoy giving that added attention to my guests.

Amaryllis of Hawaii By Marilyn Jansen

So, I thought why not create a country farm tour. I LOVE country and everything nostalgic about  country living. I live Up-Country on Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. It’s quiet, with chickens and roosters crowing in the distance and peacocks too. There’s a pig farm nearby and on some mornings we hear deer nearby. My husband knows the sound they make. On Sundays there’s no traffic passing by so you really get the feel of what Maui must have been like in the olden days.

Kula Country Farms

Aloha from Kula Country Farms

I wanted to take people back to a simpler place and time. I wanted to go there myself. So we started Maui Country Farm Tours “Sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty” and presented at The Maui Ag Festival 2011. People responded with great interest. It seems the Food Movement across the world is taking hold and people do want to know where their food is grown. Locavore is becoming a household word.

So here we go. I thought why not pick up people at Whole Foods (a great starting point and a wonderful supporter of local farmers) then take them on a scenic drive where local people might go on a Sunday drive. We go to Ho`okipa to check out the magnificent surf, then head up to the country.

Since my husband was born and raised in the Pineapple Camp (Hali`i Maile) we journey through pineapple country which is also diminishing since Maui Pineapple was sold in 2010. Now the boutique Pineapple company Hali`i Maile Pineapple sells the Maui Gold Pineapple and grow on approximately 1200 acres. They have pineapple tours, also. We tell the story of my husband’s experiences growing up in the camp then head on over to scenic Ulupalakua. The best part about this is actually slowing down long enough to feel the quiet, to relax under one hundred and fifty year old trees and picnic on the ranch.

Next we stop at Kula Country Farms overlooking all of  West Maui. My goal was to get people excited about the beauty and the products of Maui. Teena and Chauncey have created a charming farm stand on an actual working farm with chickens, goats, and changing colorful crops year round. The hands on strawberry picking, Feb-May and Pumpkin time Sept-Oct makes it a great activity for families on Maui.

We arrive at the Lavender Farm for Tea and scones then take an amazing walking tour and fill our pockets with scented lavender, geraniums and the story of the farm.

I started with the popular farms, but with over eight hundred farms on Maui it is truly my goal to introduce others that qualify for tours. I plan to visit as many as possible and do virtual tours at first to bring attention to their products and hopefully interest more and more people around the world about everything that comes out of our islands.

Of Course we go to Surfing Goat Dairy and we love the pride they have fortheir farm and the cheese making process!

Charlene Kauhane of Kauhane Inc. is responsible for promoting Maui County Farm Bureau and hosted several Grown on Maui events in the month of September. See Maui County Farm Bureau

I’m hoping you will spread the word and everyone who takes our tour writes a review at Tripadvisor.com by typing in Maui Country Farm Tours to find us or clicking on the link above, and then clicking on Write Review.

We’ve got Coffee Tours in the works and the Story of Chocolate by Melanie Boudar, the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier coming soon…

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Call me to book a tour at 808 283-9131 and call me with any questions you might have about farms on Maui. If we don’t know we’ll find out for you.

I get a lot of calls about Kula Country Farms. You can check out their page on Facebook.

 

 

 

Another Beautiful Country Farm Tour


The Surf was up at Ho`okipa. Our guests really enjoyed photographing the waves.

Maui’s Winery was quiet and beautiful for our picnic lunch.

We love the old trees and stepping back in time.

Me, Toby Neal and my friend Napua

Magnolia Blossom

Pin Cushion Protea

The Lavender Farm was a Protea Farm for many years before the Lavender was planted.

Surfing Goats

Many of the girls are getting ready to give birth on the farm. The next few months will be very busy with kids.

Just a few pictures of our tour…

Call me anytime you’d like to plan a tour. 808 283-9131

We’re here to serve and love to share Maui’s Agricultural beauty.

Up-Country Photo Farm Tour

Last Friday we did a wonderful Concierge Tour of Up-Country Maui and Surfing Goat Dairy. Maui’s Winery and The Lavender Farm are the most beautiful places to spend time in nature. At the winery we ate our picnic lunch under the shade of one hundred and fifty year old trees. It was a step back in time. Beautiful land, plants, trees and an ancient forest in the distance. We had a private tour of the wine-making process.

 

Kula Country Farms was overflowing with tuberose and girls love flowers in big bouquets. The pumpkins are getting bigger each day. This is the country and it becomes part of your spirit you don’t want to leave behind. It fills you with peace and exhilarates you with the big beauty and abundance of Maui.

At the Lavender Farm we enjoyed our walking tour by Harrison. Our pockets were filled with herbs and the essence of lavender and scented geraniums. (Chocolate, lime and rose) Each visit to the lavender farm brings new knowledge of the place and the legacy of Ali`i Chang. I find I want to stay and linger and take it all in. Everywhere the eye can see is a thing of beauty. There are Proteas in many varieties and avocado trees cut like Bonsai in shapes that hang down so the fruit can be picked with ease.

 

At Surfing Goat dairy we enjoyed a tour by the young Anna who did a wonderful job. I find that each person who gives a tour has a true passion for their farms and the pride is so beautiful.  Every passenger was excited by the variety of the farms, the tastes  and sounds of the journey. It is quite an adventure. We love sharing Maui’s agricultural beauty.

 

Call us to book your tour 808 283-9131

 

 

 

 

Maui Country Farm Tours Goes Back To The Country

 
Marilyn and Rick Lopes
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   With excitement and eagerness to share the beauty, we headed to Whole Foods Kahului, Maui to pick up our sandwiches, muffins, cookies and our passengers. It was a perfect day. I got to Whole Foods at 8:30 and there I met Amber-Lynn Hyden and Shere’e Young having their breakfast. “Some energy food” said Amber. We gave hugs and I proceeded to pick up our order. Ricky pulled the bus up curbside to pick up everyone. Erik Blair and his daughter Isabella, Mary Mahoney a newcomer to Maui from Boston, Massachusetts, Dania Katz of Edible Hawaiian Islands, and Charlene Kauhane “Kauhane Inc” completed the group. On the bus I presented Amber-Lynn and Shere’e with pink plumeria lei that I’d strung the night before and chilled. It was Amber’s birthday. (Tomorrow really, but she was on Maui to celebrate. Amber is our KITV4 Weathergirl and we had met on Twitter. We planned the trip about a month ago. I was very excited to show her Maui Country Farm Tours.

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Amber-Lynn & Shere'e

 

Dania and Charlene

Dania and Charlene

So with our Shuttle van full of passengers, food, drinks and tropical fruit we headed to Ho`okipa Beach Park as planned. There, we stopped at the lookout and took photos and I set up the tripod for time release group shots at each location. That was so much fun. Ricky gave bits of Maui history and points of interest such as the old Catholic Cemetary in Kuau where many of his Portuguese ancestors rest in peace since the late 1800’s. Everybody enjoyed this. Dania had never seen that in the many times she’d passed through Paia in twenty years here on Maui. He even asked a quiz question about the first name of Spreckles and no one knew that he was Claus Spreckles, the Sugar King.

Ho`okipa Look Out

Feelin the Breeze

After our scenic Ho`okipa we headed up-country through upper Paia via Balwin Ave, passing the old sugar mill that is now shut down, mostly disassembled and shipped to the Phillipines. This way we could show our guests where Maui Pineapple used to be grown and where the Hali`i Maile Maui Gold Pineapple is now grown on a smaller scale. We took them through Hali`i Maile mentioning the old General Store, the infirmary for the camp where Ricky grew up and about the meat market that was actually where the bar is now in the restaurant Hali`i Maile General Store. From there we cruised through the cane on up the Haleakala Highway to scenic Ulupalakua. It was beautiful to look below to all of West Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokini and Lanai and the blue, blue sea.

Haleakala Highway

Country Day

Ulupalakua, Maui

Ulupalakua

At Ulupalakua we had a wonderful opportunity to introduce Jimmy Gomes the operating manager of Ulupalakua Ranch. They had just moved a herd of cattle that morning. (I had called Jimmy just days before and he was happy to meet with us). That was neat. At Maui’s Winery we had a short visit in the King’s Cottage for a little shopping. Amber had ordered an Elk burger at the Ulupalakua Store after Jimmy mentioned it was sold there as well as Maui Cattle Company Beef. She shared with others but I didn’t try.

Jimmy Gomes and Rick Lopes

Elk Burger
Amber-Lynn’s Elk Burger

 I was concerned about keeping things moving along smoothly and we were meeting Pomai and Kenoe of AKL Lavender Farm for lunch at Rice Park. Everyone moseyed on over to the winery. I love it there and wanted to stay longer sharing the history of the ranch under the one hundred and fifty year old trees but next time we’ll linger a little longer.

View from Rice Park
Picnic in Rice Park

Pomai and Kenoe of The Lavender Farm

 We were getting hungry so it was perfect to get to beautiful Rice Park for our first Maui Country Farm Tours picnic. Everyone L-O-V-E-D the great sandwiches created by Whole Foods. The Turkey-Avocado-Bacon-spinach and jack cheese on Ciabatta with aiole is awesome. We served fresh starfruit, Lilikoi, apple bananas and had Maui Gold pineapple ready to cut from @KulaFields. Pomai Weigert of the Lavender Farm together with Charlene Kauhane, Dania Katz, Amber-Lynn Hyden and Shere’e sat casually on the grass while some of the guests chose the picnic table. It was a beautiful scene overlooking all of West Maui. The sandwiches were so good even though they were huge we had to finish them. So tasty!

Yum
Cannoli and tarts

I purchased these beautiful pastries at Whole Foods so we could have a special treat for Amber’s Birthday. Everyone was so full from the sandwiches that we didn’t touch the pastries. I saved them for later… YUM

Happy Birthday Amber-Lynn

Amber-Lynn's Birthday Tart

   We proceeded to the magnificent AKL Lavender Farm for a personalized tour by Pomai. Then we shopped, drank Lavender Tea and took pictures! It was great to have Pomai tell us the story of the Lavender Farm and about how Ali`i Chang had started everything from one plant that Ali`i had received as a gift. He began to make plants from cuttings and the nine acre lavender farm was born. Her mom, Lani Weigert is the lady with the marketing genius and twenty years experience building relationships in the visitor industry. They base their success on the spirit of Aloha. By partnering with a multitude of other businesses on Maui they have been able to create an empire from a beautiful Lavender farm.

Pomai of AKL Maui

Pomai

Normally, this would be the end of the tour but this was a deluxe Up-Country Photo Farm Tour which includes Surfing Goat Dairy! Whew, so on we drove down the cool slopes with the scent of Lavender in the bus.

View from the Lavender Farm

View from the Lavender Farm

 

Shopping at AKL Maui

Shopping at the Lavender Farm

  By squeezing our lavender flowers we released the relaxing essence of lavender and headed to lower elevations where the pastureland of Surfing Goat Dairy is home to hundreds of goats. We had the special tour which was so important to learn the history of the farm, it’s owners, feed the goats, learn about goat husbandry, the milking, pasteurization and aging process. We sampled a platter of ten cheeses. This was awesome. All in all it was a fabulous day.

 

Amber-Lynn feeding the goats

 

 
 
Welcome to Surfing Goat Dairy

Welcome to Surfing Goat Dairy

 

Samples of Surfing Goat Dairy Cheese

Awesome Goat Cheese

 On the bus passengers received a set of Amaryllis of Hawaii books to take home. I know they’ll remember the journey for quite some time. (((smiles))) I know I’ll never forget my first Maui Country Farm Tour.

 It was nice to be a passenger with seven other guests that had the opportunity to get to know one another. Small enough to be personal and fun. Our driver (Ricky) was fabulous.

Thanks everyone for joining us on Maui Country Farm Tours.  

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