Ali`i Kula Lavender – Sustainable Aloha on Maui

For years when I had trouble sleeping, I would place some lavender under my pillow and surely drift off to a peaceful sleep. Lavender has long been associated with rejuvenation and relaxation so well as its vibrant hue. Lavender also has homeopathic properties that may aid with a multitude of issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and intestinal problems. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients in lavender are said to be effective in the treatment of minor burns and bug bites.

So it’s no surprise that the Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm has soared in popularity since Ali`i Chang planted the first herb in 2001. Raised on Oahu by his grandmother, Alii Chang grew to be an accomplished farmer, agriculturist, garden and botanical purveyor. Alii chose lavender, or as he liked to say, the lavender chose him, because the herb flourished in the drought-like conditions of Kula. The lavender plant has origins in the Mediterranean and North African regions and is not native to the Hawaiian Islands but adapted well to the Haleakala slopes.

The Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm doesn’t just grow the herb on the property but promotes a way of life that is purposeful, full of tranquility and grace, called Sustainable Aloha or the Lavender Lifestyle. The farm is committed to Aloha and sustainability through education, awareness and outreach. They offer daily walking tours with a guide that explains the background of the farm and the future objectives of Ali`i Kula. For the kids, and the young at heart, there is a Lavender Treasure Hunt that is not only a great way to discover new and exciting things about the farm but is also a great way to spend the day outdoors.

With a little advanced planning you can request a golf cart tour where you can sit back, relax and visit exclusive places on our entire 13.5 acre property. With 24-hour notice, you can make the most of the farm’s ambiance and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch tailored to your taste, which includes potato chips, a beverage and lavender-infused dessert. Throughout the year, Ali`i Kula Farms conduct craft classes that utilize the beautiful and fragrant lavender herb. Check their calendar often for special events and class details.

The Alii Kula Lavender Farm is a working farm that produces bath and body products, culinary treats, spices, beverages apparel and specialty items that all feature lavender. The items can be purchased online or at the many stores that carry their products on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and on the Mainland.

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Maui Day Trips

Maui was recently named as one of the 2015 Top 10 Islands in the World by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice. US News & World Report named Maui the Best Vacation Spot in the US. Long regarded as paradise found, Maui combines crystalline waters, soft sand beaches, volcanoes and the rainforests of Hana and the West Maui Mountains. A true outdoor lover’s utopia, Maui has water and land adventure to please everyone. Below are a few ideas for day trips to take during your Maui vacation.

West Maui Mountains

There are a few options for discovering the beauty of the West Maui Mountains. A helicopter ride gives you an aerial view to the spectacular scenery as well as areas that are only accessible by air like the Wall of Tears – a bluff with numerous waterfalls gracing the cliff face. You can drive through the forest reserve and tour the Iao Valley State Park, about a 45-minute drive from Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach. The park is home to the Iao Needle, a 1,200 foot rock outcropping, and the lush green of the rain forest.

One of the most memorable and scenic ways to enjoy the West Maui Mountains is a trip around the northern tip of the island along highway 30. Along the way you will come across some of the most majestic views in Hawaii like Kapalua and Punalau Beaches. Once you get to Nakalele Point and Blowhole, it’s time to get out and discover nature. The geyser reminds of a whale’s blowhole sometimes spouting water into the air 50 feet or more. They stunning views provide for a great photo op as well as the heart shaped hole in a rock overlooking the bay. The last stop on this picturesque day trip is Kahakuloa Bay. The views and aloha of the quaint village will be the perfect way to end your journey.

Farm and Botanic Gardens

A short drive south of Kaanapali in Upcountry Maui are a multitude of organic farms and dairies. Kula is one of the most fertile areas of Maui because of its rich, volcanic soil. One of the most popular farms to visit is O’o Farm. O’o Farm offers a tour and gourmet lunch where you will be introduced to the farm to table process and feast on a culinary creation as well as their home grown coffee. O’o Farm, Pacific’O, The Feast at Lele, and Aina Gourmet Market are all owned by the same partners. Another great activity in Kula is the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. You can stop by for a casual tour, join in on the evening chores and milking or opt for the grand tour that includes milking and feeding a goat, witness the cheese making process and a chance to sample the different goat cheeses the farm produces. They also have special BBQs that highlight their dairy products. Lastly, do not miss the chance to stop at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. A tour includes information about organic spirit making and sustainable farming and of course you will get to sample some incredible vodka.

Sources:
2015 Top 10 Islands in the World
Best Vacation Spots in the USA

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