East Maui Area (Paia & Haiku)
- Paia is a historic plantation town, now a beach style town, with quaint boutiques, art galleries, fantastic restaurants and coffee shops. Remnants of the old sugar mill are still visible up Baldwin Avenue. Baldwin Beach Park offers showers and lifeguards, and is great for swimming, beachcombing and relaxing on the white sand beaches.
- Hookipa Beach Park is one of the top spots to watch surfers and windsurfers; however, even with lifeguards the waters can be dangerous, so check with the lifeguards before entering the water.
- Leilani Farm Sanctuary, located on a lush 8-acre farm in Haiku, Maui, is home to chickens, cats, goats, rabbits, donkeys, peahens, pigs, deer, and ducks. The sanctuary is an all volunteer, non-profit organization created to provide shelter and care for rescued animals, and humane education to the community.
Upcountry Area (in East Maui Area)
Upcountry Maui with fertile volcanic slopes is considered Maui’s “breadbasket” with vineyards, ranches and farms. Waves of sugar cane and dense pineapple fields give way to green pastures as you climb altitude. The towns of Makawao, Kula and Ulupalakua are quaint and charming, a dramatic change in landscape and climate from the popular costal areas. Haleakala Road (Hwy 378) holds the world record for its climb to the highest elevation in the shortest distance—38 miles.
- Haleakala Volcano, “House of the Sun”, is Maui’s active but non-erupting volcano and rises magnificently to 10,0230 feet above sea level—the last eruption was a recent as 800 years ago. The crater is 3,000 feet deep with a 7-mile diameter. Haleakala provides a spectacular, stunning, divine sunrise at the moon-like summit for those willing to rise early and travel to the summit. In the park there is hiking, sightseeing, horseback riding, downhill biking and unforgettable sunsets, too. MagnificantHaleakala is one of two National Parks in Hawaii. There are 27 miles of trails. Look for the endangered nene—the Hawaiian geese, the state bird. Sliding Sands Trail makes a hike going to the summit through rainforests, shrub lands and costal areas. Hosmer Grove has the easy loop trail. Call 808-572-4400 for the 24-hour hotline. The remains of Charles Lindberg, the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic solo us buried at an isolated cemetery in Kipahulu, one mile from the headquarters of the Park—look for the 41-mile marker sign on Piilani Highway, drive past the fruit stand, and you will see the road to the church cemetery on the left.
- O’o Farm is an 8.5 acre diversified, sustainable farm. Owned and operated by pacific’O restaurant, O’o Farm grows organic produce.
- Kula Botanical Garden is located on the slopes of Haleakala and encompasses 8 acres of colorful and unique plants, interesting rock formations, a covered bridge, waterfalls, aviary and a koi pond.
- Shim Coffee and Protea Farm: The Shim Farm is a one-man working coffee, protea (orchids, lavender), and botanical farm in the upcountry of Maui. It is located in the heart of Kula’s rustic Chinatown area with a million dollar view of the island from 3,500 feet above sea level.
- Surfing Goat Dairy: The Dairy Farm is located on the beautiful slopes of Maui’s Haleakala Crater in lower Kula and has been producing award winning “Maui Gourmet Goat Cheeses” for over 9 years. Take a tour of one of the Islands’ top ag-tourism venues and learn more about the goats and cheeses. Daily casual tours, special events, goat milk soaps and specialty cheeses for sale.
- Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery: Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery highlights the company’s commitment to social and environmentally conscious business practices featuring a gift shop, organic farm, martini garden and craft distillery. Situated on a breathtaking 80-acres on the slopes of Mount Haleakala, the new home of Ocean Vodka captures panoramic views of both the north and south shores of Maui. The state-of-the-art Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery utilizes solar panels to power 100% of the operations of the distillery and facility. The sugar cane is organically farmed on the rich, volcanic soils without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and the mature sugar cane is hand harvested for processing. A Martini Garden designed for martini lovers highlights fresh, local ingredients such as Kula lavender, local citrus, passion fruit, pineapple and strawberries.
- Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm: Created by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master, Ali’i Chang, AKL’s 13.5-acre farm resides at an elevation of roughly 4000 ft. and is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender. Olive trees, hydrangea, Protea, succulents and an exceptional variety of other plants can be found on the farm, which offers the first and only Lavender Lifestyle experience on Maui. Though lavender is not native to Maui, it has acclimated well to the majestic mountain-slope with style and grace. Thriving in Kula’s Mediterranean climate, AKL’s lavender blooms year round in the cool, dry climate.
- Enchanting Floral Gardens: Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala at 2500ft, lies Maui’s premier botanical paradise. With over 2000 species of breath taking tropical and semi tropical plants, some of which are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, as well as many others from around the world. Spread among 8 acres, the Gardens beckons photographers and nature lovers alike. Take the meandering path, and let the natural beauty of every step be your guide.
- Maui’s Winery ~ Tedeschi Vineyards is a great story of sustainability. In 1974, the winery in collaboration with Ulupalakua Ranch began growing grapes, remaining true to the area’s agricultural heritage. While waiting for the grapes to mature, they decided to develop a sparkling wine made from the plentiful pineapples on Maui. A scant amount of this wine was produced, but the public response to the wine was so positive that it was decided to pursue the endeavor of making a still pineapple wine. Three years later, Tedeschi Vineyards released a Maui Blanc pineapple wine from local fruit. In 1984, after years of labor and development, the first grape product was released: Maui Brut Sparkling. The tasting bar is 17 feet long and made of solid mango wood. Maui’s Winery is the Valley Isle’s sole commercial winery boasting a varied selection of wines including sparkling, pineapple, grape and our coveted raspberry dessert wine. With hard work, attention to detail and the pursuit of excellence, Maui’s Winery continues to be a successful and thriving agricultural business and popular visitor destination. We believe that it is our duty to be stewards of our land by producing a wine that reflects the distinctiveness of Maui.
- Kula Marketplace, located on the slopes of Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui. Established in 2005, the Kula Marketplace now offers the local favorites made in Hawaii available online worldwide. From coconut candy to hand stitched quilts; chocolate covered macadamia nuts to Tahitian Pearls. You can surf the Pacific Ocean photography, or bathe in the crystal lavender salts.
- Piiholo Ranch: As you drive from the picturesque paniolo town of Makawao to the “edge of the forest” (translation of Makawao), you will notice along the narrow, winding curves of Piiholo Road that the flora becomes lush and the trees more magnificent and dense. While visiting Piiholo Ranch, located on the edge of the Makawao Forest Reserve, you will be able to see many of the native and indigenous plants of Hawaii, and at times, glimpse the colorful endemic forest birds. If you can imagine, at one time in the Hawaiian Islands the riot of color of the birds’ feathers rivaled that of the tree’s bright blossoms.