Perched on the slopes of Haleakala, with jaw-dropping bi-coastal views and over 13 acres planted with more than 55,000 lavender plants, the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is worth the drive. In summer, you’re treated to more than 45 varieties of lavender in bloom. Other times of year the bloom is much more limited. The farm offers guided tours, or a self-paced “treasure hunt” through the grounds. Enjoy treats like lavendar scones and tea, or book a gourmet picnic lunch complete with sandwich, chips, and a lavender-infused desert.
While you’re at it, you’ll learn how lavender arrived in the islands, and how almost 20 years ago Ali’i Chang discovered that the slopes of Haleakala offered the perfect growing conditions for lavender. And you’ll hear about his deep commitment to sustainability, giving back to the community, and the spirit of aloha.
A word of caution – plan your time carefully. It rains almost daily from mid- to late-afternoon. While it’s a refreshing change of pace from the sun-baked beaches, and there’s something magical about enjoying a scone and cup of tea looking out at the curtain of mist, the rain will cramp your style if you want to explore the gardens. So reserve a gourmet picnic lunch, and plan to be at the Farm at mid-day.
To learn more about the Farm, visit their website – aliikulalavender.com