Authentic, farm-to-table and original are a few phrases travelers mention when asked about their itinerary preferences. Maui is where you’ll find championship golf, world-class spas and plentiful outdoor activities on land and sea. The places to visit in between include coffee farms, farmers’ markets and other places for food and product tours.
Check out the coffee and protea farm tours at Shim Farm. You’ll find fruits and vegetables too, plus a chance to experience Chinatown in rural Kula. Lahaina Family Farms offers an opportunity to taste and sample and the farmers’ markets are filled with fresh catch, fruits, vegetables and handcrafted items to enjoy while visiting or to take home. Maui Tropical Plantation offers a tram tour of approximately 40 minutes. See everything from plumeria to papaya and coconuts to sugarcane on a guided tour in Wailuku. You can easily taste a variety of food made or grown on the island and ship some items home too. Find time to take home (back to your vacation rental), a fresh pineapple from the pineapple tour in Hali’imaile. If you’re looking for additional tours for families, check out Surfing Goat Dairy for food tours (dairy or barbecue), pick up gourmet goat cheese truffles and other items and learn about the island goats.
West Maui’s Hale Kamaka is an intimate hideaway in Lahaina. The rock-carved pool has character, much like other features in the home that take a departure from the conventional hotel suite; rather, it offers a flair of island chic. Nearby Front Street and Kaanapali offer guests a range of activities and eateries in between the farm and food tours. The private hot tub is another appealing feature and the home sleeps a maximum of eight guests.
Upcountry Kula Estate – Pili Lani
They know how to live like kings in Kula. Live, sleep and feast with views of Maui’s rich upcountry landscapes. Native flora and fauna, rugged mountains in the distance and surreal blue skies greet you daily. Make it an unforgettable getaway with a group of 18 friends or family. A tennis court, pool, Jacuzzi, 17 acres of land, a life size chess table and plenty of entertainment await at this gated estate. You may not want to leave but you’ll find plenty to explore in the Kula area and neighboring towns for beach excursions.
Au Lani Estate
Au Lani Estate in Kaanapali is a Maui vacation rental home that offers a hot tub, pool, wood flooring, bamboo ceilings, a gourmet kitchen (perfect for those meals you can prepare with items from your food tours), a pool table and exercise room. The wide views, banyan trees and glamorous features will give guests the feeling of unbelievable indulgence. The home sleeps eight and is ideal for a group or family seeking a vacation with loved ones with plenty of privacy too. Relaxing on the lanai will give you plenty to see—golf course, ocean and/or the mountains.