Although there is nowhere in the world with beaches as stunning as Maui, you would be missing out if you did not explore the island’s diversity. From your vacation rental on the South Side, look up towards the Haleakala mountains. This is where the magical Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located. The farm was created by horticultural master Ali’i Chang and spans 13.5-acres at an elevation of 4,000 feet.
The drive upcountry from the Mokulele Highway to the Haleakala Highway should take about half an hour to forty-five minutes. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you reach Waipoli Road, a rugged paved road surrounded on both sides by lush green properties, grand trees and rolling hills. General admission is $3.00, while children 12 and under are free.
Once you’ve arrived we suggest you first head to the shop to purchase your choice of lavender coffee or tea, paired with a lavender scone or brownie. Ideally, you’ll use lavender honey in your beverage, and then soak your scone in Lavender Lilikoi (passion fruit) Jam. If it’s not covered, it’s not right! Sit out on the patio area and absorb the stunning panoramic view of Central Maui and the West Maui Mountains. Once you’ve got your fill, meander through the shop for personal items and gifts. You can find everything from lavender cooking ingredients to lavender soaps and candles. No room in the suitcase? No problem, you can order your goods online!
Now it’s time to explore the stunning property and plants themselves. There are forty-five different varietals of lavender on the farm that bloom year-round in Kula’s cool and dry climate. Aside from the lavender, the farm is a very rich botanical garden filled with olive trees, protea, hydrangea, succulents and even artifacts that Ali’i collected over the years. Tours are also available daily to share the farm’s history and introduce you to all the foliage.