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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
~ History of Sugar Cane on Maui ~ Old Town Of Paia
~ Pineapple Country
~ Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch
~ Lunch created by Whole Foods Kahului, Maui.
Then … Surfing Goat Dairy OR OCEAN VODKA ORGANIC FARM AND DISTILLERY.
Surfing Goat Dairy You’ll take the tour where you’ll see the goats up close, learn about the dairy and cheese making process followed by do a cheese sampling. You’ll love the many cheeses flavored with herbs from the 42 ACRE farm. They have 18 award winning cheeses.
CHOOSE SURFING GOAT DAIRY OR OCEAN VODKA ORGANIC FARM
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.
We are in the process of redesigning this tour ever since the Kaʻanapali Coffee Farms closed to the public recently. This is a very diverse tour of farms that have been created where Hawaiians worked the land for over one thousand years followed by sugar plantations from 1860 to 2004. The lands were made into Agricultural subdivisions where those purchasing the lots are required to plant something agricultural and receive the Ag land reduced land tax. Hence, many new farms are being born. We had the Piliani Kope Coffee Farm by Greg and Susy Stille who now moved to Kona on the Big Island. We have The Lahaina Animal Farm by Teresa Waters and the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm on twenty six acres where they grow the cactus which produces Dragonfruit. There’s the Lahaina Family Farm, Lahaina Stables and Ka’anapali Coffee Farms, now closed to the public and us too, alas. There are many more small farmers creating a cottage crop industry as it was meant to be. There are growing food organically for the island. Welcome SIMPLIFRESH by James Simpliciano. James is a Chef and farmer pursuing his passion to grow food for our island. He learned at a young age, the joy of planting. Just as Hawaiians had done for one thousand years, James is carrying on a legacy. This is a taste of the future! Please call me learn more about the West Maui Farm Tour. We can do private tours and groups up to twenty in our E-350 vans. I design tours for large groups where transportation is separate and we provide local guides and arrange beautiful luncheons overlooking the sea.
call 808 283-9131 and talk to Marilyn