Best Things to Do on Maui: Take a Local Farm or Garden Tour

Maui has many riches, including an historic farming tradition. If you are interested in organic farming, flower farming, or a ranch experience, we know all the best places to visit.

The Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm

Created by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master Ali’i Chang, 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). The Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender. Though lavender is not native to Maui, it blooms year-round in the cool, dry climate. Olive trees, hydrangea, Protea (aka "sugarbush"), succulents and an exceptional variety of other plants and flowers can be found on the farm.

Piiholo Ranch, Maui

MasterCard® approached Platinum Tours of Maui to createa one-of-a-kind, luxury Maui tour for their cardholders, as part of the Priceless® Cities “Become a Hawaiian Cowboy for a Day” experience. The Piiholo Ranch began as the dream of Peter Baldwin, a 5th generation descendant of the Reverend Dwight Baldwin, a missionary who came to Maui in the 1830’s. Pete’s love of the outdoors led him to establish Piiholo Ranch with the help of his three sons Jeff, Duke, and Chris. It’s an unforgettable experience, exclusively through PT Maui and MasterCard®.

The Kula Botanical Garden

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. Plants are labeled and a map is available for self-guided tours in the Garden’s gift shop. There are snacks for sale, restrooms, and a comfortable deck with a beautiful view. The Garden was designed with a botanical focus that continues to govern the plant selection and placement. Many plants are selected for their educational potential or to preserve native specimens.

Fragrant Orchids of Maui

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.

The Ke'anae Arboretum

The Ke'anae Arboretum is a small but charming arboretum and botanical garden built on ancient leveled terraces. Located along the meandering Pi'inau'au Stream, with over 150 labeled plants on six acres of land, the Ke'anae Arboretum is one of the best places to get some pictures of Hawaii’s uniquely famous plant life. Featured displays include blue marble trees, lobster claw plants and a grove of Maui’s famous rainbow eucalyptus trees. While you hike the half-mile length of the Arboretum, you’ll also find different types of taro, gingers, hibiscus, papaya, and a mix of native and non-native Hawaiian trees.