So much to see and do in Upcountry Maui!

Posted: July 7, 2011 by Nathan Kam in Family & Friends, Hawaiian Islands, Maui, Maui, Travel
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Family photo at Alii Kula Lavender Farm. Just look at the views! Beautiful.

Upcountry Maui has to be one of the most beautiful places in all Hawaii. Small towns like Pukalani, Haliimaile, Makawao, and Kula, that define the area on the slopes of Haleakala offer a glimpse back in time, each with a distinct personality and charm. Art galleries, restaurants, bakeries, and locally owned retail shops are what you’ll find here. Costco and Walmart don’t exist in Upcountryland. Crisp, cool mountain air keep things comfortable. The spectacular scenery alone is worth the drive.

We spend a lot of time Upcountry when we visit Maui since we stay with family living there. On our recent vacation to the Valley Isle, we revisited some of our favorite places. Here’s the photos…

If you’ve not been to Alii Kula Lavender Farm, you need to go. It’s a peaceful oasis with acres of manicured lavender fields and panoramic views of Maui’s south shore. It also smells really nice when you step outside of your car.


Here they serve delicious lavender scones and tea. The patio with tables and chairs offers a relaxing setting to enjoy both.


The gift shop here is wonderful with a wide variety of lavender products. The shampoo and conditioner are great for humans, while our family pets seem to love the speciality animal products.


And this view never gets old.

Just down the road from the lavender farm you’ll find Kula Country Farms. This small roadside store offers up fresh and delicious produce from the area. The Kula Strawberries for $3/container are always a winner…sweet and juicy. We like stopping by to pick-up vegetables and fruits to last us our time on Maui.


Here’s just a few things we scored from Kula Country Farms. The beets were heavenly. Everything so fresh.


Ensen enjoyed pretending he was a paniolo and got all of us to jump on the horse with him for pics. Yeeehaaaaw!

As lovers of cheese, visit Upcountry wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Surfing Goat Dairy. The kids enjoy petting the goats and roaming the area. Us adults love sampling the cheeses and talking story with the Kafsack’s when they aren’t busy milking the goats. The feta is a favorite of ours, but there’s all kinds of styles and spreads to choose from. They also have a lunch menu in case you’re hungry. You won’t be disappointed.


Ensen once again hamming it up for the camera. This goat nearly gave him a free haircut.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of amazing Upcountry Maui adventures to be had. Watching the sunrise and sunset atop Haleakala and hiking the crater is another adventure to consider. Tedeschi Winery and Ulupalakua are just a few more miles up the hill.

What are some of your favorite Upcountry Maui spots? I’m always looking for a new experience the next time we visit.

-NGK

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Comments
  1. What’s up to every body, it’s my first visit of this weblog; this web site contains remarkable and genuinely excellent material designed for visitors.

  2. Upcountry Maui is indeed beautiful! Thanks for the photos.

  3. Reid says:

    Nathan,

    Looks like you and the family had a great time on Maui. For some reason, I never feel like I’m there long enough to do everything that I want to do.

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