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A Day Upcountry

Most people think of Maui and imagine the beach with beautiful sunsets, warm ocean water, and sandy beaches.  Maui has a beauty that doesn’t get the same attention their beaches may get.  Known as Upcountry, there are a variety of organic farms, places to eat, and shopping to enjoy.

Kula Country Farm has delicious strawberries as well as other fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The Kula produce stand is located on the slopes of Haleakala offers fresh produce that is replenished daily.  The pumpkin patch and Christmas at the farm are two family friendly events.  Make sure to check their website for dates and hours of operation.

If you’re looking for something truly unique, you may want to try the tour at Organic Ocean Vodka.  Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, tours run every 30 minutes with the last tour starting at 4:00 pm.  A great lesson in sustainable farming and preservation of the land and ocean, ticket prices range from $10 to $25 ($25 includes lunch).

In need of a pick me up?  Stop at Grandma’s Coffee for some organic coffee and fresh-baked goods.  Open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sit on the outdoor deck and enjoy the views of the ocean and mountains!  Surfing Goat Dairy has gourmet cheeses, goat cheese truffles, and some yummy cheesecake.  Bring your appetite with you!  It’s also a great place to get a gift basket!  Check their website for hours of operation.

After you get your fill of food and treats, you will want to do some shopping in Makawao.  Makawao Fine Art Gallery was founded in 1986 and has become one of the finest galleries in Hawaii. Works displayed are both local and nationally known artists.  At Worcester Glass Works you can watch the glass making process.  Original works sold on site in the shop!

Every third Friday, Maui Fridays is happening in Makawao.  Enjoy music, entertainment, activities,  and shopping.  A fun family event that everyone will enjoy.  Nights tend to be chilly so be sure to bring a light jacket!