Have you visited beautiful Upcountry Maui?
Upcountry – Beauty all Around
Before visiting Maui first time guests often dream of long stretches of beaches, surfers, Humpback Whales, snorkeling and ocean activities. Yet there’s a part of Maui that many visitors never see. We call it Upcountry.
Upcountry Maui is that part of our island that spans the slopes of Haleakala. It is verdant and beautiful. The soil here is rich. Farms, ranches and trees line this calmer, quieter part of the island. Spectacular biodiversity crowns this area and it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. From Upcountry one can take in fabulous vistas and incredible sunrises and sunsets. Thinking of taking a visit? Here are a few of our favorites.
Jacaranda Season in Upcountry Maui
This 15.5 acre lavender farm is host to over 55,000 plants and 45 varieties of lavender. It was established in 2001. This peaceful setting offers tours, classes, lunch, and tea all based on the lavender. Their slogan is Relax, Rejuvenate, Renew! and that is exactly what you will do with this premier purveyor of sustainable Aloha.
The Surfing Goat Dairy is a working goat dairy located in lower Kula and has been producing award winning goat cheese for almost 10 years. They produce over 30 types of cheeses including many National Award Winners. Stop by for a casual tour or the later “evening milking and chores” tour. If you are lucky, you will get to see some of the new kids (baby goats) running around. Guests are often asked to assist in naming them!
Ocean Vodka, Maui, Hawaii
Located on 80 pristine acres near the Surfing Goat Dairy is Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. Founded in 2005 this is the world’s only vodka made with deep ocean mineral water. This vodka is 100% All Natural, organic and gluten free. It is a favorite of Maui visitors and locals alike which is why we serve it on Kai Kanani. Take in a tour of the distillery or just stop by the Martini Garden for a martini made with locally sourced lavender, pineapple, lilikoi or guava.
If you want to see a bit of Maui’s cowboy history, then head on up to Makawao Town which is the heart of paniolo country in Maui. Paniolo (cowboys) have been herding cattle here in Hawaii since 1838 and still do to this day. If you are here for the 4th of July, a visit to the the famous parade and rodeo is a must. There are many shops and restaurants to check out and people watching up here is always fun.
Hiking in the Makawao Forest Reserve
Makawao Forest Reserve
Ready to get to nature for a little hike? Then head to the little known Makawao Forest Reserve. At 2,500 feet above sea level this 5.2 mile loop is a nice cool change from the heat of the beaches. Cook Pines, Eucalyptus and other trees are abundant in this area and picnic benches are available. This trail is also serves as a popular bike path.
Hawaiian Coffee Plant
On the southern slopes of Haleakala sits Maui’s quaint and only vineyard, Tedeschi Vineyard. Famous for it’s pineapple wine, it also creates delicious grape and dessert wines which are totally worth a sample in their tasting room. The tasting room was actually a guest room for the “Merry Monarch” King Kalakaua and his beautiful Queen Kapi‘olani. After you leave the winery, be sure to stop across the street at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store which is famous for its massive elk burgers.
Elk Burger at Ulupalakua Ranch
If you’d like to hear more about Upcountry Maui, your friends at Kai Kanani Sailing Charters will be glad to get you pointed in the right direction. It’s always worth a visit, and it offers a historic and beautiful view of the Valley Isle.
Hiking in the Makawao Forest Reserve