On the rugged Hāna coast, in Honomā`ele, Kahanu Garden grows in the one of the largest, untamed native hala (Pandanus) forests in the Islands along the far eastern shores of Maui. Kahanu Garden is National Historic Landmark and the home to Pi`ilanihale (also known as Hale O Pi’ Ilani Heiau), a massive lava-rock structure that is believed to be the largest ancient place of worship (heiau) in Polynesia. Pi`ilanihale is the largest heiau on Maui and is one of the most important archeological sites in Hawai’i, under the oversight of archaeologists from the Bishop Museum and the State of Hawai‘i.
ONO Organic Farms of Maui is a family-owned and operated, certified organic, hand-picked, tropical fruit, coffee and cacao farm located along the “Road to Hana”. The southeastern slopes of the Haleakala volcano, in the Kipahulu District of East Maui offer a uniquely verdant and isolated environment that is ideal for growing exotic tropical fruit, coffee, and chocolate.
The Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm’s 13.5-acre farm resides at an elevation of roughly 4,000 ft. on the slopes of Haleakala (House of the Sun), and is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender. Though lavender is not native to Maui, it blooms all year-round in the cool, dry island climate. Olive trees, hydrangea, Protea, succulents and a wide variety of other plants can be found on the farm.
Hana Gold Plantation was founded on Maui in 1978 by Robert and Francine Frost. Hana Gold produces chocolate from “branch to bar”, which means that their high-quality luxury chocolate is produced with a commitment to the finest, naturally grown products created with the most environmentally thoughtful methods.
The Mahele Farm is Hāna’s Community Farm. “Mahele” means to share, divide, or apportion equally, and the mission statement of this community farm is “to operate a productive community farm that serves as an educational, sustainable, and healthy food resource for the isolated Hāna, Maui region”.
The Kula Botanical Garden encompasses 8 acres of unique native Hawaiian and imported plants, rock formations, a covered bridge, meandering stream, waterfalls, koi pond, aviary and a carved Tiki exhibit. The garden is filled with blooming carnations, birds of paradise, orchids and protea flowers.
Located in Haiku, Hawaii, on Maui’s spectacular north shore, Fragrant Orchids of Maui is 25 minutes from the Kahului airport and one mile off the Hana Highway near Makawao, Hana, Ho’okipa Beach Park. The extensive facility is in the Ulumalu region of Maui’s North side of Haleakala. Here, the undulating hills keep moisture from being pushed out to sea, and the cool mountain air and rich volcanic soil is splendid for all types of plants.