The Tours

   Ho`okipa-shot HALF-DAY TOURS
 Our Morning Up-Country Farm 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.
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 The Maui Gold Pineapple Company, now.2013-02-26 14.44.57
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After traveling through the pineapple camp we travel to the 4,000 ft elevation to Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm. 2013-02-26 14.44.56 2013-02-26 14.44.47 2013-02-26 14.44.40 2013-02-26 14.44.39We 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.  photo 5
Then we head to Ulupalakua for a wonderful scenic drive and stop at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui’s Winery. Guests enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the Tasting room once the King’s Cottage in the 1800′s.
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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. At the ranch 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. (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 and Wailea for an additional $50.00 per person. Add 90 minutes on to your tour for those pick ups.

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 -5:00 PM


Deluxe Up-Country Photo Farm Tour:

~ Scenic Ocean View Tour of Ho`okipa Beach Park

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

~ Pineapple Country

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~ Lavender Farm for Tea or Coffee and scones and a walking tour in the gardens2013-02-26 14.44.56

~ Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

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~ Lunch created by Whole Foods Kahului, Maui.

Then …  Surfing Goat Dairy and OCEAN VODKA ORGANIC FARM AND DISTILLERY.

Surfing Goat Dairy We’ll do a cheese sampling where you’ll see the goats up close, learn about the dairy and cheese making process and you’ll love the many cheeses flavored with herbs from the 42 ACRE farm. They have 18 award winning cheeses. photo(63)

 

 

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New Ocean Vodka Organic Sugar Farm and Distillery and bottling operation. (opened for tours April 29, 2013) where we’ll experience the amazing organic sugar farm plantings and learn how Ocean Vodka is created from desalinated Sea water, fermented with the sugar and the distilling and bottling process. You can shop for vodka and gifts.

photo 2Pick 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).
This Deluxe tour is $175.00 per person
Private tours are available for $225.00 per person.
Private tours take an extended tour at Surfing Goat Dairy and Ocean Vodka Organic Farm into the barn and bottling areas.

 

 

WEST MAUI COFFEE, LAHAINA ANIMAL FARM & DRAGON-FRUIT FARM TOUR

Pick up at Kahului Harbor 8:30 AM, Whole Foods Market 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave. 8:45 AM and Lahaina Harbor 9:15 AM then we travel to Launiupoko to Lahaina Animal Farm. Teresa Waters with Kelsie and Baby DollWe start with an introduction to the gorgeous farm where we taste delicious fresh roasted MauiGrown coffee overlooking beautiful West Maui at 500 ft. above the sea. Then we meet Ramsey the Ram, beautiful horses, Elsie Mae the young donkey, Baby doll, a miniature horse who is barefoot and pregnant all the time. (They breed horses as assistance animals because they live much longer than assistance dogs)  The property is magnificent with a gorgeous guest ranch home (that people can rent) backed to the West Maui Mountains and Launiupoko Gulch. DSC_0011There are designer chickens, ducks, a tilapia pond with fat healthy fish, a garden, a lilikoi gazebo, a seven year old tortoise named Hulk, and his girlfiend, a couple of friendly pigs, Rhode Island Reds, sweet goats and it’s immaculate. We enjoy the walk and meeting all the animals then some fresh squeezed lilikoi juice in the shade.

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Everyone wants to stay and stay but we give our aloha to all the animals head on our way to the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm

 

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We can see the blue blue sea and the island of Lanai from this unique place where they have planted the dragon fruit cactus which produces beautiful exotic flowers then fruits. They are seasonal, so eventually  they will offer Dragon fruit added value products for purchase in the beautiful bamboo house where we will sample Maui Gold Pineapple year round and Dragon fruit when in season (July- November).

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Then it’s off to the 500 acres of 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.  You’ll love the views of the valley and mountains behind the Kaanapali Coffee farm and the ocean views are magnificent from the platform above the land. There are four varieties of coffee grown here.green coffee cherries Red Catuai is said to be the Cabernet of coffee by certain coffee writers. Yellow Caturra has a yellow cherry unlike the typical red coffee cherry and has spicy undertones. ripe coffee cherries at Piliani Kope Farm photo by Marilyn Jansen LopesThey grow Typicas which are from the original coffees brought to Kona, but are grown on Maui. Finally, the Maui Mokka is grown nowhere else in the world. It was originally from Ethiopia and cultivated in Yemen. The Mokka on Maui is a hybrid grown only on Maui. It is rare and wonderful with chocolaty undertones when the cherries are aged an additional six months to bring out the flavors. We’ll take photos and walk in the coffee trees. 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 and juices.

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You’ll see the 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 sample fresh roasted Mokka and Peaberry or Catuai blends. 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. Cost of Tour: $175.00 Call Marilyn at 808 283-9131 to book your farm tour. Lahaina pick ups are included on the West Maui Coffee Tours.

(Private tours $225.00 per person will be customized for you.)

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy Kampstra November 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

Hello,
Do you have a tour that would visit the organic farms of Hawaii. example OI farms.
Interested in the organic vegetables grown on island.

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes November 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

We’d be happy to take private groups of four to seven to Organic Farms on Maui such as O`o Farms. We also will be visiting the Native Plant Farms and Taro Farms.

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Lori November 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Aloha Marilyn,
I will be forwarding this site to my good friends Robin and Forrest. They will be coming over in January. I think they would love to do this. Next time Phil and I come we will have to do this. Happy Thanksgiving.!

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes December 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

Lori, I look forward to giving you and Phil a personalized tour when you come back to Maui. Aloha for now and have a wonderful holidays.

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Steve and Ruby Robinson December 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

Hi,m We recently went on the Farm Tour and had a blast! Recommend it highly to anyone interested in learning about Maui and looking for photo opportunities. It’s a winner!

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes December 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

Steve and Ruby, it was a wonderful day sharing Maui’s agricultural beauty with you. Thanks for Sharing.

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nancy weaver July 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Do you have any tours that go to the winery for the wine tasting. Please include price and times

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes July 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

Nancy, please check out the TOURS tab http://mauicountryfarmtours.com/tours We always go to the winery in Ulupalakua on our Up-Country Farm Tours.

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Sandy October 17, 2013 at 3:45 am

Marilyn – could you contact me please by email – I wish to book farm tours with your company.

thank you
Sandy McLary
certified travel agent
smclary@tpi.ca

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes February 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Aloha Sandy,
Thank you for booking a Private tour for your clients with Maui Country Farm Tours. They had a wonderful day…

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