Have you visited the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm?
On a beautiful Saturday morning this past summer we decided to leave the south Maui coastline and head to upcountry Maui. Upcountry and Kula are known for cooler climates and beautiful places like the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. This lavender farm was founded by the late agricultural artist and horticultural master, Ali’i Chang in 2001 after receiving a gift of lavender from a friend. The farm is home to over 55,000 plants and 45 types of lavender. We are looking forward to our first visit to the farm.
It takes about an hour to gain the 4,000 feet of elevation of the Kula area. On our way up the air cools, the vegetation changes, and the road is lined with beautiful blooming jacaranda trees. The colors of the trees are a beautiful preview to the lavender colors we will be seeing up at the farm.
We arrive at the farm. The entrance is only $3.00 and they offer military and senior discounts. On the day we visit the entrance fee came with a steaming cup of lavender tea. We entered the gift shop where various lavender snacks and gifts were available. We went with the lavender scones.
One option that’s in line with our adventurous guests is a self guided treasure hunt. The farm also offers craft classes, guided tours and a reservation-only gourmet picnic lunch. Today we have reservations for the lavender wand-making class. We create beautiful scented lavender wands that promise to be fragrant for months to come.
After class is over, we take our tea. We are welcome to roam around the farm and view the many varieties of lavender along the many pathways.
The main growing varieties of lavender are Provence, French, Grosso, Super, Twickle, Spanish, and Sweet. We had no idea there were so many types of lavender!
In addition to the lavender there are many secret trails and gardens you may find to sit and take in the beautiful upcountry scenery.
We find many other types of flowers and plants including blue hydrangea, ti, ginger and various other bright colored plants.
We tour the hillside and rest at the benches near the gazebo on the of the hill and take in the gorgeous scenery. This area can be booked for weddings, tea parties and other private gatherings.
The lavender farm practices Sustainable Aloha which they call a “living a lifestyle that builds stronger communities through collaboration and cultural values.” While there we had a strong sense of peace and well being.
A visit to the shop is a must for soaps, honey, teas, lotions and various aromatherapy products. If you are not able to make it up to the farm to purchase these products, stop by the Kai Kanani store in Wailea where we have a large collection of Ali’i Kula Lavender products.
We hope you have the opportunity to visit the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm and other upcountry areas and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.