Upcountry Maui

Posted by Kohana on 3/4/2010 to Hawaii

While reading the Travel section of our local paper yesterday, I came upon an article written by Gary A. Warner titled The Odd Side of Maui. In his article he said that most tourists come to experience the beautiful beaches in Maui, and there are plenty to go around since there eighty-one beaches on the island! Mr. Warner suggested that visitors take a couple of days out of their stay on the island and explore Maui upcountry. "Up here, you get pines instead of palms, the scent of lavender instead of the smell of the sea. 

I love Maui upcountry and have really enjoyed spending time at the amazing Alii Kula Lavender Farm. The lavender farm grows 45 different types of lavender and you can tour the farm with a guide or do your own self-guided tour as I have done. This beautiful farm also grows other indigenous Hawaiian plants along side the lavender and magnificent Buddhas have been placed throughout the lavender fields.

I was surprised to find that lavender has been grown in the Hawaiian islands for over a hundred years. It has a long history of beneficial uses in herbalism and aromatherapy, but is also used by chefs in culinary creations! Recently, I enjoyed the most delicious lavender latte from a little coffee shop by my house, can't wait to try it at home! It's amazing how versatile this pretty flower can be.

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