Though Maui is one of Hawaii’s most popular islands, there is more to the land just than swaying palm trees and scenic beaches. Maui is home to many of Hawaii’s most unique farms and plantations, most of which are open to the public for tours and tastings. For those of us who love to see how produce is grown and gleaned or who simply enjoy learning new things, Maui has an ample amount of farm tours to choose from. Peruse the below options and let the exploring begin!
Lahaina Animal Farm: If you are looking for the perfect day-trip or weekend getaway for the whole family, and you love animals and scenic landscapes, then visiting the Lahaina Animal Farm is a must. This is a place where families can rent vacation properties near the animals, and with stellar views of the mountains and ocean. If it is just a day trip, the farm offers packages like birthday celebrations, family reunions, private and non-private tours, and even hands-on experiences where the keikis (kids) can enjoy things like a petting zoo, feeding the animals, giving a pig a bath, watching a tortoise race or riding a horse. Guests can even take advantage of the idyllic rustic setting with several photo shoot options, for newlyweds who want their wedding photos captured, or parents who want to take advantage of the dynamic setting for their next family portrait.
Maui Dragon-Fruit Farm: A simple 5-minute drive from Lahaina, this diverse, organic farm grows everything from dragon fruit, to papaya, avocado, pineapple and banana. There are also tropical flowers and sugar cane on this property, meaning that you and your family will have your hands full of fun things to learn and experience. Touring the farm, guests can gain knowledge about the growth process for dragon fruit, as well as the innumerable nutritional benefits of this unusual crop. But don’t let the name deceive you, the Dragon-Fruit Farm offers much more than just a peek at this unique fruit; they also offer adventure tours like rolling in the aqua ball, or zip-lining! Both exhilarating and educational, this farm will have something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Maui Pineapple Tours: Pineapple-lovers will be happy they added this tour conducted at the Hali’imaile Pineapple Company to their Maui vacation. Each visitor tours the harvesting fields, the packaging and shipping factory and then gets to take a pineapple home as a free souvenir. If you want to extend the experience, just add on the lunch option and enjoy some of the delectable dishes when you have explored the plantation. Tours at the Hali’imaile Pineapple Company are offered twice daily!
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm: Be prepared to relax as you enjoy the soothing ambiance of this fragrant farm. On 13.5 acres of lavender strewn fields, lined with olive trees and lovely flowers, the Ali’i Lavender Farm is situated in the gentle hills near the Haleakala volcano. On the daily walking tours, guests are informed both about the function of the farm and the various health benefits and medicinal properties of this famous plant. One of the highlights is the gift shop, where visitors can sample some of the lavender-based products, body butter, rich-textured hand sanitizer, candles and even lavender jams and teas. The café features homemade and freshly served items including delicate lavender scones. Vacations were invented for rejuvenation and renewal and this lavender-scented heaven is just the place for some natural aroma therapy to have a lasting effect.
Tedeschi Family Winery: Established in 1974, on what used to be a sugarcane ranch in the 19th century, Maui’s only winery still in operation. They are known for creating delicious wines including, sparkling pineapple wine, grape and raspberry dessert wines. Their most famous option, the sparkling wine is called the “Maui Brut Sparkling.” This winery offers tours more than just wine tasting, but an opportunity to wander back into the past. Their tasting room is the former guest cottage to King Kalakaua the “Merrie Monarch ” of Hawaii, who was said to host parties and poker games there while visiting the family at the erstwhile Rose Ranch. The tours offered are free and allow visitors to meander around the front yard of what used to be Rose Ranch, which is decked with 150-foot tall trees. A trip to this winery would be an extraordinary experience for all the senses.
Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery: The eco-conscious producers at Ocean Vodka, devote time and care to sourcing the purest natural resources for their certified 100% USDA organic, GMO-free, gluten free and handcrafted vodka. Theirs is the only kind of vodka in the world made from organic cane sugar and deep ocean mineral water. They make an 80 proof vodka, meaning that 60% of the vodka is water, making the water source an important aspect of the construction of this alcoholic beverage. The water is sourced thousands of feet below the Kona Coast and brought to the distillery for the purification process, which still allows the water to retain its natural minerals and rich flavor. On 80 acres of hill country near Haleakala, guests can view the northern and southern shores of Maui. Visitors to the farm can enjoy trying the vodka as a martini, fine cocktail, or simply on the rocks. Tours are offered daily.
Maui Country Farm Tours: If you prefer to make more than one stop, this company offers half-day and full-day farm packages where you will tour several of the above farms, including many others! With these packages you can add some coffee plantation tours to the mix, by joining the MauiGrown Coffee tour or the Ka’anapali Coffee Farm tour. In addition to this, guests also stop by the Surfing Goat Dairy, where they can taste award-winning goat cheeses and chocolates. Whether you’d rather visit just one farm, or as many as you can in one day, Maui is sure to be one of the best islands to learn about Hawaii’s agriculture.