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Making the most of Maui

We’re making the most of Maui sharing all the agricultural beauty of our island. KenaioOur guests love the experience at Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm, MauiWine, Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Kula Country Farms with us. English LavenderThey say it’s so much nicer having an experienced local guide to share the history and all the behind the scenes information about life on Maui rather than driving themselves and worrying about where to turn. We have private tours, large groups and wedding parties take the whole family together on our adventure and they have a blast. MauiWineIt’s fun to see everyone enjoy the gorgeous gardens, the tea and scones, the walking tour into the gardens and taking photos among the old trees at Ulupalakua Ranch after their wine tasting is a treasure for life. Travelers love the feeling of old Maui and our Up Country Lifestyle and we love sharing our island over and over again. It’s an honor to have guests from China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Midwest, California and all the guests cruising on the Pride of America Norwegian Cruiseline.Half Way to Hana We’re hooking up with Carnival Corporation and soon you’ll be booking our newest tours specializing in the rare and beautiful things to do on Maui. See you soon on a farm tour. Call Marilyn to design a custom tour for you 808 283-9131 or book right in the side bar here on our calendar. If you love a Kula Coffee tour, Half Way to Hana Tour, Up Country Farm Tour or Deluxe Up Country Farm Tour, please click on the calendar for all our tour descriptions. 
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Summertime Maui Tours


 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.

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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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End of Summer Sale

Hookipa lookoutBe the first to book a tour with Maui Country Farm Tours on a limited sale price of $100.00 per person for the half-day tour when you book 4 persons. BOOK NOW. This offer lasts until August 15th, 2013. (tours until December 31, 2013) Private Tours are $225.00 per person.
Our Best selling Tour is the half day tour. I know it’s because there’s so much to see and even the regular price is nice. $150.00  There are so many stops and rich experiences on our agricultural tour Up-Country Maui.
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 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.
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. 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.
DSC_0151After traveling through the pineapple camp we head to Ulupalakua for a wonderful scenic drive and stop at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui’s Winery.  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. Guests can do a wine tasting of either pineapple or grape wines in the King’s Cottage. 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.

Next 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 and lavender. Now they’ve planted the edible gardens with citrus, apple, plums, cinnamon, avocado and the olives trees are flourishing. It’s an amazing experience and a highlight of our day. 20120810-220237.jpg20120810-220202.jpg

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

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

9AM – 2PM (5 hours) Cost of Tour (including lunch and refreshments) $150.00 Kama Aina Rate is a 10% discount available to local residents. Minimum of four to travel so check with us to see if we have others booked. Private tours are $225.00 per person and you’ll love having the van all to yourself. 808 283-9131

Pride of America Cruise ship passengers are picked up at the Kahului harbor at 8:30 AM. All others must meet at Whole Foods Kahului by 8:45 AM. (Lahaina Harbor is a 45 minute drive to Kahului) 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

Guests at Kahului Harbor can be picked up at 11:30 AM

Add Surfing Goat Dairy or Ocean Vodka Organic farm and Distillery for an additional $25.00 per person.

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Call me 808 283-9131 to book your tour and take advantage of this offer.

Carnival Cruisers on Maui

One of our largest group tours was this private tour with fifteen passengers who arrived on Maui via Carnival Cruise. You never know what to expect so you have to be ready for anything.
Two of the guests were slightly handicapped. One gentleman had fallen on his face during rough waters on the cruise ship. Another lady had swollen legs due to her medical condition so at the Lavender Farm they were kind enough to transport these two via the gator to our luncheon area down off the lower walking tour trail.


This was no problem for us. Rick loves taking care of elderly folks and I’m an RN with 16 years experience. Though I’m only practicing once a year now doing Flu shot clinics, my background is in Emergency Room and family practice. My last position was at Hana Community Health Center, now Hana Health, where they have also created a farm and the brand Hana Fresh.


Here’s part of our group at Maui’s Winery. On this day I also played ukulele for the first time for the group during lunch… I play every time now for all the guests on the bus and at the Lavender Farm.


Looking forward to more large groups and hosting the Kaanapali Coffee Estates Tour for Ka’anapali Fresh, September 1st, 2012.


Carnival Cruisers and Disney Cruisers are returning in October. Give us a call if you’d love a personalized tour of the country on Maui.


~ Marilyn


Marilyn Jansen Lopes
808 283-9131
@jamarilyn on Twitter

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.
Pin Cushion Proteas
  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?

Give the Gift of Maui

Happy Holidays, everyone. Aloha from Maui, Hawaii. And to those who live on this beautiful island I hope you’re enjoying your Island Life. I can’t think of anywhere in the world that I’d rather be except visiting my home and family in the mountains of California amid pine trees, sage brush, wild life and the possibility of snow for Christmas.

I’ve never felt trapped on the island with “Rock Fever” as I love Maui with a passion and feel that I belong here. It does feel like Christmas in Hawaii too. In the most subtle ways, the weather has gotten cooler, friends are gathering, there’s Holiday craft fairs, Christmas trees, First Light Film Festival, poinsettias blooming, travelers arriving with an increased energy on our island.

When you’re doing something you love, like sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty, its exciting and fulfilling. We’re visiting our favorite places Up-Country, spending time under giant trees, slowing down the pace to the country life, picking herbs and flowers, buying fresh produce from local farmers and learning about lavender, wine, coffee, nutrition, sharing the history of  Maui, all while traveling along in our big white eight passenger bus with the huge picture windows.

Maui Country Farm Tours VanThe best part about this is bringing attention to Maui’s Farms and inspiring others to support local farmers. It is my hope that young people on Maui will create more farms and develop the cottage industries all over our island. When people buy the added-value products the success stories will come.  AKL Maui, Kula Country Farms and Surfing Goat Dairy are the examples to follow. With a dream and a passion anyone with a vision and a burning desire to never give up, can make it happen. There are over eight hundred farms on Maui. We’d like to learn about them all and share it with you.

  We met over thirty new baby goats at Surfing goat dairy learning the ropes at the farm. Guests giggled and had so much fun feeding the mamas and photographing the babies. They’re best in motion performing their antics. (Adorable) Then we sampled a flight of  gourmet cheese from Udderly Delicious to Men’s Challenge and Mandalay.

If you want to give a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime, give the gift of Maui Country Farm Tours to yourself and loved ones. It’s perfect for a family and friends as our van can accommodate seven passengers. I’m the guide along with my husband Ricky who has lived on Maui all his life. He’ll tell you the stories of the old days here on the island. His Portuguese ancestors go back to the late 1800’s on Maui. He loves to customize the tour for you. For instance, if you’d like to visit the Sugar Museum or check out the sugar cane field and photograph the old churches and Chinese villages in Kula, or a citrus farm owned by his old friend in Ulupalakua, we’ll take you there.

So call us asap to book your tour or click on the Gift Certificate link to send gifts to your friends and family. They can call at their convenience to book in advance of their arrival on Maui.

Maui Country Farm Tours Goes Back To The Country

Marilyn and Rick Lopes
Maui Country Farm Tours

Maui Country Farm Tours Van

   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.

Amber-Lynn and Shere'e

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


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!

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


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.  

Do call us us to book your tour at 808 283-9131

We’re happy to customize a group tour for you.