The Upcountry flower farm that the late gardening enthusiast Ali‘i Chang acquired in the early 1990s has blossomed into one of Maui’s most popular visitor attractions. Although lavender traces its roots to the Mediterranean, it has settled happily in the cool, dry climate of the 13½-acre property 4,000 feet up the slopes of Haleakalā Volcano.
The Ali‘i Kula Lavender farm grows nine varieties of the fragrant flower year-round. From late June to late September, 20 varieties brighten the terraced farm with hues ranging from white, yellow, and blue to pink, amethyst, and deep violet. Protea, hydrangea, succulents, bromeliads, olive trees, and small orchards of citrus, apples, peaches, pears, and plums add their beauty to the scene.
Visitors can take a self-guided farm tour, pausing to enjoy spectacular views that stretch from Wailea on Maui’s south side to Haiku on the north. Sturdy shoes are recommended; be aware some paths are not wheelchair- or stroller-accessible.
Many consider lavender to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and depression. The gift shop offers an array of lavender-infused products, including tea, scones, soap, lotion, shampoo, sachets, honey, jam, jelly, cookies, coffee, and dark-chocolate bars.
Info: 1100 Waipoli Road, Kula. (808) 878-3004. Admission, $3. Guided tours, craft classes, and special activities have been on hold because of the pandemic; check the website for updates.