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Haliimaile Distillers Tour and Tasting Room Grand Opening!

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Congratulations to the staff of Haliimaile Distilling Co on hosting a hugely successful grand opening of their tour and tasting room!  Hundreds braved the rain to check it out and of course sample some locally made liquors!  Halliimaile Distilling is the maker of Pau Vodka (their flagship brand), Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, the new Paniolo Whiskey and Maui Moon, their flavored vodka.

Here’s the basic information about their new tours, and of course for more information, click here for the website:

The tour operates Monday-Friday and lasts about an hour.  $10 USD per person. Children under 12 are free. Tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over.

And some pictures from today’s event!

The People:

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Benny Uyetake and Mark Nigbur

Benny Uyetaki and Mark Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

The Process:

The Tasting Room and Such:

 

 

And while you are up in Hallimaile, you might as well stop in right next door to check out the master glass blowers at Makai Glass!

 

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Step Back in Time – Maui Hawaiian Village

Have you ever wanted to step back in time?  To see Hawaii what it was like before contact, to hear the spoken language, see where they lived, what they wore, and what they ate?  Well, thanks to an amazing group of ‘landkeepers’, you can.

maui native clothing family

Upon entering the Maui Hawaiian Village, you are greeted with a traditional Hawaiian chant, or oli

The Maui Hawaiian Village opened up to the public earlier this summer, and what started off as a land rehabilitation project, of removing invasive plants and planting natives, has turned into a ‘living history’ tour in the West Maui Mountains.

I was invited to join one of these tour groups last weekend to see what this tour was all about, and I jumped at the chance.  Due to the delicate nature of the location, we all were to meet our first tour guide and driver in Kahului.  We were then told where we were going, and explained why the location of the tour is kept quiet (to access the tour the bus drives through a small neighborhood.

taro patch maui hawaii traditional practice The tour bus stops (not too far from Kahului) at a kalo (taro) patch, that is the beginning of our short hike into the valley.  We are introduced to two more tour guides (landkeepers they like to call themselves – reminding us they are not professional ‘tourguides’) as well as the seventh generation keeper of the kalo patch that we are standing next to, whose stories of the land are sure to give ‘chicken-skin’.

The hike, with the guides on either end of the pack, to make sure no one gets lost, is not all that strenuous, but is tricky and closed-toed shoes are required (sunscreen and insect-repellant are also recommended).  It’s 20-30 minutes of hiking, and its clear that during rainy weather the hike would get quite slippery and a bit more challenging (be prepared to get muddy!)

oli hawaiian chant maui hawaii Upon entering the valley, the landkeepers offer a traditional ‘oli (chant) to ask permission to enter the village.  More landkeepers, complete with keiki (children) come out of the hales (shelters) and welcome us into their village.

We were on the shorter tour, the ‘Aina Tour, which focuses on the main three necessities of live for the pre-contact Hawaiians – Food, Shelter and Clothing.  The hale are surrounded by native plants, and just as one starts drooling over all the tropical fruits, we are offered beverages and cut up pieces of papayas and bananas.

I won’t give away everything about the tour (and besides, you can read more about it on their website) – but what does quickly become obvious is this is more than just a job for our landkeepers.  They share personal stories about the resurgence of the Hawaiian culture, for example how just a generation ago it was illegal for children to speak Hawaiian in schools, and now their own children are able to attend Hawaiian immersion schools.

tiny poi pounder girl maui hawaii

Each landkeeper kept coming back to two points – one is sustainability. Sustainability is a pretty big buzzword these days, and as our guides pointed out, Hawaii was 2,500 miles from the nearest land-mass, they had to be pretty conservative with their resources.  The other point was coming back to ones roots.  As the landkeepers were clearing the valley over the last two years, the unveiling of ancient aquaduct walls and taro valleys seemed a great metaphor for their journey.  Words, plants, practices and values that have been hidden or lost since the Western contact are just starting to be found and put to use again, and sharing this with each other, with our guests and with our keiki… it seems like the beginning of something very exciting…. there goes the chicken-skin again!

Want More:

The ‘Aina Nui Tour is 4 hours including transportation, the ‘Aina Tour is 2.  School and Kama’aina rates are available.  Tours are currently offered a few days a week.

See the Website for booking or more information.

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News and Events for November 2013

I’ll be posting more about November events and news as the month goes on – but there’s some great news in the restaurant scene for Maui, and some really special events taking place this month so I wanted to get this out quickly.  Once everyone gets over their Halloween hangover, puts all the decorations away, and changes the calendar, they will realize that Thanksgiving is coming faster than we can say ‘gobble, gobble’, and I’ll start getting lots of information on Thanksgiving lunch specials, Black Friday sales, etc!

Here’s your highlights for Maui News and Events for November, 2013.

Tour News:

maui ocean vodka tour tasting samples

Instead of just looking at all the vodka, you can now taste it. #awesome

Ocean Vodka Adds Tastings to Their Tours 

Starting today, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in Kula is now adding samplings of their vodka.  Tours are offered daily for $10 a person (12 years and older).  For those 21 and over, includes a sampling and souvenir Ocean Vodka shot glass.     Click to learn more about tours.

Restaurant News:

Morimoto Maui to Open November 7

Morimoto Maui, at the Andaz Maui in Wailea, is now taking reservations for their official opening date of November 7!

Masaharu Morimoto, best known for Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, is opening his newest Morimoto Restaurant in Wailea, featuring local ingredients and blending Western and Japanese traditions.  Enjoy hand-rolled sushi and sashimi made from locally-caught fish, as well as inspiring cocktails, in the laid-back, oceanside setting.  Will be open daily for lunch and dinner.  Call (808) 879-1234 for reservations.

Dazoo Restaurant Opens in Paia

Officially opening today, Dazoo is reinventing fine dining on Maui, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared with an Asian-Pacific flair.  Combining their unique ambience, affordable tapas style plates and award winning cocktails, Dazoo is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene of Maui’s North Shore.  Open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Tuesday – Saturday for dinner.  Call (808) 579-9999 for reservations.

Shopping News:

One of the island’s best gift stores, Maui Ocean Treasures at the Maui Ocean Center, is set to be opening its long-awaited online shop on November 15.  More info coming soon!

Events:

Modern American Circus Comes to Maui

  • Location: Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
  • Dates: November 8 to 10
  • Show Schedule:
  • Friday: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m.
  • Reservations: (808) 781-4773 or click here
  • Details: The “Modern American Circus” features a world- acclaimed troupe of more than 15 artists performing a star-studded show with a contemporary array of aerial, ground and stand-up acts utilizing the traditional circus center ring under the “BIG TOP”.

Huliau Food & Film Festival 

  • Date: Saturday, November 9
  • Time: 5:30-9:30pm
  • Location: Ocean Vodka Organic Farm, Kula
  • Cost: $75 (four course dinner, cash bar – 21 and over only)
  • Reservations: (808) 757-2100 or click here 
  • Details: Mana Foods and Maui Huliau Foundation will host a farm-to-table benefit dinner and mini-film festival under the stars at Ocean Vodka Farm.  Huliau is a nonprofit offering environmental education programs to Maui youth.  Makena Resort’s Executive Chef Mark McDowell will serve up the main course, and other local Maui chefs will face off in a pūpū competition using produce from local farms. Local food and beverage sponsors Whole Foods, Life Foods and Ali’i Kula Lavender will contribute ingredients, Pono Pies will serve up dessert, and Maui Brewing Company, Ulupalakua Winery, and Ocean Vodka will stock a 100% local bar.  The festival will also screen the teens’ videos about the chefs and farms as well as the music video, Barges, which went viral on YouTube. 

Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Holiday Gala

  • Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013,
  • Time:  5:30pm
  • Location: The Yokouchi Estate, Wailuku
  • Reservations: (808) 242-7661
  • Details: The 8th Annual Pacific Cancer Foundation Holiday Gala is always a favorite event to usher in the holiday season.  This year’s theme is A Great Gatsby Style Christmas! More event details coming soon!

Eat like a local with Tour Da Food

When it comes to vacations, there are three kinds of people.  Some people go on vacation to relax, some like to explore, and some people just want to eat.  Fortunately for people that come to Maui, with a fascinating history of global cuisines and an abundance of fresh fruit, fish and other foods, Maui’s culinary options will keep your palate happy for the entire length of your stay.   And you haven’t really been to Maui without sampling a plate lunch, enjoying fresh poke, and you really can’t miss our famous shave ice.  With all the options, won’t you feel better knowing you’ve had the best?

Maui's Best Local Food Tour Activity

The Plate Lunch – The Signature Local Food in Hawaii –

If you are one of those foodie travelers, you’re second call after booking your flight should be to Bonnie Friedman.  A serious foodie herself, Bonnie established Tour Da Food in 2008 as the island’s first food tour and the only tour that focuses solely on ‘local food’.

Bonnie currently offers four tours – ‘Wailuku’, ‘Upcountry’, ‘Noodles, Dumplings & Dim Sum’ and perhaps Maui’s most unique tour, ‘GAS-tronomy’, a tour of four of Maui’s best local foods found in gas stations.  Every tour includes transportation from and back to the central meeting place; all food; a goodie bag; and a list of additional off-the-radar eating places.    And for foodies who would rather go it alone, Bonnie can provide a personalized list of recommendations through her website at Cuisine Confidential.

Eat Maui Local Food Guide

Explore Maui’s ‘hidden’ food treasures with Tour Da Food

Bonnie has built close personal and professional relationships with Maui’s chefs, farmers and food producers during her decades spent in various careers on Maui. She is herself a certified Pastry Cook, and has co-authored two cookbooks for Ten Speed Press.

Having just returned from her own foodie trip to Italy (which we jealously observed via Facebook!), she answered some of our questions about her unique activity :

maui's best shave ice tour

Shave Ice Caps off Each Tour

Made Made: How did you come up with this idea? 

Bonnie Friedman: I have to give credit to my friend/colleague Keli’i Brown, the PR director of the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau. He took a food tour of Chinatown in NYC in the mid-2000s. When he came back to Maui, he told me about it – VERY excitedly! – and said “You need to do this in Wailuku.” It took quite a while – about 18 months – to do all the research and plot out what I considered to be an excellent local food tour. I launched Tour da Food Maui in May 2008.

MM: What’s your most popular tour? 

BF: I think Wailuku is still probably the most popular tour with Upcountry a close second.

MM: Any favorite moments or experiences?   

BF:  For me, the best moments are connecting with visitors, especially first time visitors, and introducing them to real local food. And they all really seem to love the experience. Most rewarding is when my guests and I become friends. It’s happened several times. There’s a family I see every year when they visit Maui and a couple I have at least one meal with in NYC when I travel there.

 

Maui's Best Manapua...

There’s nothing like a Manapua – It’s worth the trip to Maui just in itself…

MM: Anything else you want to add? 

BF: A few words of my “local food philosophy” – we have some excellent fine dining in Hawai’i, no doubt about it. But for me, the one thing we have here that no other place in the world has is local food. I think we learn a great deal about a place and its culture through its food. That’s the experience I hope I give my guests.

Mahalo to Bonnie for making us hungry answering our questions, and don’t forget to check out her tour options on your next visit to Maui!

Maui Mana Adventures – Private Tours of Maui

If you are on vacation, or new to Maui, and you want to explore the island and its surrounding ocean, you have a couple choices.  You can use a guidebook to find the ‘hidden gems’, which now, thanks to those guidebooks, you’ll be enjoying with 600 new friends (and i’m not kidding, last time I drove past Twin Falls, there were approximately 200 cars there.. 4 people in a car, you get the idea… it’s not Disneyland, people), OR, you could jump in a van or bus and be driven around with, if you are lucky, only 10 or 14 other people joining in on your private adventure…

Miranda Camp is offering another option.  A naturalist, adventurist, and self-described ‘amassador of fun’, she will take you and your friends and family on a private tour of your design.  After years of being an informal tour guide to her own friends and family, Miranda decided to make a business of her natural talent – delighting visitors with the hidden treasures of Maui.  She recently started her company, Maui Mana Adventures, and specializes in Hikes, Stand Up Paddling and Snorkeling Tours.

Miranda and I worked together for several years at Maui Ocean Center, (seriously, she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, I think there’s a combination of Hawaiian Aloha and Southern Charm in there somewhere) – so she was willing to put down the paddle for a few minutes to answer some of my questions:

Maui Made: How did Maui Mana Adventures start?  

Miranda Camp: I’ve been taking people on adventures in Maui for many years and one day a friend said to me “You should do this for a living because you’re so good at it!”  It’s what I love to do more than anything else so it was shocking to me that it hadn’t occurred to me before.

MM: What’s your favorite adventure on Maui?  

MC: There are so many great adventures on Maui, but I think I love my Island Loop Adventures the best because they are a combination of various adventures all in one day.  We tour either the West Maui mountains, Halemahina, or the East Maui mountain, Haleakala, and fit in as many adventures as we can.  It’s such a blast!

Maui Waterslide Private tour

the natural amusement park of Maui – a slide!

MM: Anywhere on Maui you haven’t yet been?  

MC: I’m sure there are special places on Maui still undiscovered by me.  I’m working on finding them all.

MM: What sets Maui Mana apart from other tours on Maui?  

Every company has it’s own unique niche.  My company is all about sharing the aloha and special Mana (which is Hawaiian for ‘life force energy’) of Maui.  I specialize in private custom tours, so my clients design their own adventures.  They tell me what they’d like to do and see and we do it at their pace.  I’ve been studying everything I can about Maui from amazing people since I fell in love with it and moved here over 16 years ago.  I have lots of enthusiasm and respect for the island and it’s Hawaiian culture and I love to share that with others.

maui blow hole private tour

See the Maui Blow Hole

MM: What are your favorite places to explore around the other Hawaiian islands?  

MC: All of the islands are so unique and special.  There are too many favorite places to name and I’m still learning.

MM: why do you think ‘ecotourism’ vacations and activities are so popular now?  

MC: Because people are getting back in touch with their surroundings and realizing that we need to take care of the things that sustain us just as they were our own families.  This is what all the ancient cultures realized and we are finally getting back to our roots.  It’s a beautiful thing!  (MM Notes: Maui Mana Adventures donates 5% of their profits to local organizations that work to preserve and restore the special places on Maui.)

Not only will you have Maui's best tour guide, you'll have a friend for life.

Not only will you have Maui’s best tour guide, you’ll have a friend for life.

More about Miranda Camp:

She’s worked as a Naturalist/Educator for The Hawaii Nature Center,  the Pacific Whale Foundation and now with the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium for over 10 years.  She has lead hikes for The Nature Conservancy of Maui and the Maui Sierra Club and volunteers for the Coastal Land Trust, Auwahi Reforestation Program, The Hawaii Wildlife Fund Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project and more. Safety is important to Miranda: she’s First Aid/CPR Certified.

To see what others are saying, check out the reviews on Tripadvisor.

What’s Brewing at Maui Brewing Company

If you live on Maui, chances are you’ve already enjoyed one (or several) of Maui Brewing Company’s award-winning beers.  The brewery has a production facility in Lahaina and a brewpub in Kahana, which is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers an ever changing selection of over a dozen of their own beers on tap.   MBC also offers four of its most popular beers in cans year-round (plus a few limited releases) at grocery and liquor stores around state, as well as 11 other states and 4 countries, if you aren’t lucky enough to live in Hawaii.

Maui Brewing Cans and Glasses on the Beach - Brewed on Maui

Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is one of Hawaii’s fastest growing companies.  They announced early this year that they would be opening a new production facility in Kihei, near the  Maui Research and Technology Park.  The facility will include a brewery, a tasting room and eventually a full-service brewpub. Until construction of the brewpub is complete, MBC is looking to have local food trucks on-site. The new brewery is being designed to offer tours on more of a daily basis. The Lahaina facility currently only offers tours a few days a week due to safety and production schedules.  The new facility is also expected to increase beer production by five-fold, and they eventually plan to add hand-crafted sodas, ciders, meads and distilled products to their ever expanding menu of craft beer.

I was curious to know more about the Kihei project.  MBC owner and founder Garrett Marrero was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule for a quick interview, even answering a few of my follow up questions via email VERY early on a Saturday morning.  I guess that’s how you become the owner of a successful company!

Maui Made: How is the Kihei project going? 

Garrett Marrero: We are currently scheduled to break ground on July 8th.  Its been quite the adventure planning every detail, researching equipment.  The County has been very helpful as they see the success we’ve had already in bringing more jobs to Maui and showing that you can manufacture here.  It’s going to be a long road by the time we’re done in kihei with all phases but it’ll be worth it.  We simply cannot keep up with orders, local, mainland, and international distributors are all being shorted between 30 and 50% of what they order.  We don’t actively sell beer in that we don’t have any reps in markets outside of Maui.  This is just current demand for the 11 States and 4 countries we’re in.  Kihei will help us meet demand and open more markets.

Maui Brewing Company Concept Drawing of Kihei Brewery and Brew Pub

A Concept Drawing of the Kihei Facility

MM: Tell me about your latest canned beer release – 

GM: Our Spring release, Lemongrass Saison, is a collaboration brewed with our friends at the Lost Abbey with pilsner, vienna, and munich malts, hopped with nelson sauvin and citra hops, finished with locally raised Lemongrass. Our Saison is malty, spicy, refreshing and carries a beautiful aroma of citrus and fruit esters.  (ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 18)

Lemongrass Saison - Maui Brewing Company LImited Release

Even the artwork on the cans is made by local artists

MM: I saw the beer van at the Maui Brewer’s Fest (which was awesome by the way) – what’s the news with that?  Is it available for public and private parties? 

GM: You bet, it’s often used for weddings, large parties and corporate events.

MM: Do you have set rates or does it depend on the event? 

GM: It depends on the event but generally we have an all inclusive package that includes all 10 faucets with a different beer on each, a driver/beertender and setup, etc.  The party definitely rolls up with us!

MAUI BREWING VAN - Available for private parties

MM: What’s the best part about doing business on Maui? 

GM: There’s a lot of great things about doing business here.  I’d say my favorite is the job creation and direct community involvement.  I always say my single favorite thing about what I do is giving someone a job.  We don’t spend money on advertising, we instead support our community with events and fundraisers.  Festivals are a big part of that.  Also, because we aren’t absentee operators –  we interact directly with the charities and the people affected by them.  I often get stopped by people around town , especially at Whole Foods, I eat there a lot, and they thank me for the support of XYZ charity because they have a family member directly impacted by the cause we’re supporting.  That feels good.

MM: Speaking of helping out with the community, this year was the fifth annual Maui Brewer’s Fest, is that your biggest annual event? 

GM: Yes.  It is the biggest event we are title sponsors of each year.  The MACC (Maui Arts and Cultural Center) is the organizer and all proceeds benefit them.  We are the chief sponsors and are directly involved in planning, primarily on the brewery side, each year.  It’s been a great event for Maui.

MM: Did you ever expect your company to grow this big so quickly? What do you owe the success to? 

GM: Yeah, sometimes it is a bit daunting, but I knew we’d get where we are.  Sometimes it feels fast…other times not so much.  I was talking with someone the other day and the best way I can describe it is we’re proud of all we’ve done, but we’re only just starting.  When all phases in Kihei are finished you’ll see the complete vision as it is currently formed.  Our success has come from a ton of hard work and support by our team of employees, now over 62, and the community.  Sticking to our founding principles of brewing locally and being authentic, drawing on the agriculture community and promoting Maui and Hawaii has been important.  At the end of the day, it’s being who we say we are, doing what we say we do, and continuing to innovate.

MM: What are you most proud of so far? 

GM: I’m proud of the family we’ve created here on Maui. Not just our team, but our friends and supporters in the community.  Making them proud, gives us pride.

MM: What is your favorite beer?

GM: Thats a really difficult one… lately I’ve been infatuated with the beers from the brewpub, Kaiao, our Lead Brewer at the pub, has been making some great ones, Hoku’ula Red and HI Standards IPA…. but this past week I’ve rekindled my love affair with CoCoNut PorTeR.

MM: Garrett, thanks so much for the interview – now you’ve made me thirsty for my own favorite, the Big Swell IPA!

Garrett: CHEERS!

Want more?  Here’s some more background info on MBC: 

The brewery handcrafts ales and lagers using only the finest natural and local ingredients.  The owners’ passion for creating a great tasting beer has been proven, with their beers winning awards every year since inception. (Click here to see the list of awards up through 2012)  The company is also dedicated to sustainability, donating spent beer grain to local farmers for feed and compost, installing solar panels on their brewery, and using bio-diesel from their brewpub for their delivery vehicles.

The brewery uses aluminum cans for their retail beers for several reasons, not the least of which is the preservation of freshness and taste, which can be affected by light damage through a glass. Aluminum cans are made on Oahu, where as glass bottles would have to be imported from the mainland.  Glass can also break, and when you are enjoying your nice cold beer on the beach in Hawaii, you don’t want to have to worry about stepping on broken glass.  In another gesture of environmental awareness, instead of the typical plastic rings that can ensnare marine life, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans.

Still want more?  Make sure to ‘Like’ Maui Brewing Co. on Facebook. 

What’s your favorite MBC beverage?

Side Trip To Ocean Vodka and Surfing Goat Dairy

Omaopio Road, which connects Kula to Puunene, didn’t have much reason to see visitor traffic, unless you had a particular interest in fancy goat cheese or adorable baby goats.   Now, in addition to Surfing Goat Dairy, Omaopio Road is now also a destination for vodka connoisseurs!

In April, Ocean Vodka, the number one selling ‘made in Hawaii’ spirit, opened a brand new Organic Farm and Distillery, with tours available several times a day.

I arrived too late for the tour, but the gift shop is open to the public currently during tour hours, from 9-4 daily.  There’s a few logo items available for purchase, and some vodka of course, but according to Danielle, the very friendly shop employee, in a few weeks it should be full of some great made on Maui finds!  I’ll check it out and report back.

Tours of the organic farm and distillery are available daily at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:00 and 2:30.  Tours are $10 a person or $25 includes lunch.  To schedule your tour you should contact Ocean Vodka here , or just drop by and see if there’s space available!

According to their website,

Ocean Vodka is the only spirit in the world made from organically farmed sugar cane, blended with deep ocean mineral water and powered by the sun. Ocean Vodka is 100% Certified USDA Organic and gluten-free, with a proprietary column distillation process that produces an ultra-clean spirit highly decorated and unrivaled in the marketplace.  When this pure refined spirit is blended with deep ocean mineral water, Ocean Vodka takes on a unique, mineral-rich flavor found in no other vodka.

Hum, I wonder if the tour includes a sample…

The Ocean Vodka Gift Shop Open 9-4 Daily

The Ocean Vodka Gift Shop Open 9-4 Daily

Ocean Vodka is the only Vodka in the world distilled from Organic Sugar Cane

Ocean Vodka is the only Vodka in the world distilled from Organic Sugar Cane

The New Ocean Vodka Distillery

The New Ocean Vodka Distillery

And, a baby pineapple.

And, a baby pineapple.

 

Just up the road from Ocean Vodka is Surfing Goat Dairy, where you can purchase goat cheese, check out the baby goats (there always seem to be some babies there!  These goats breed like rabbits!), and yes, take a tour!

Surfing Goat Dairy actually offers three types of tours, a casual tour with no reservations necessary, for $10/adult and $7 kids, evening chores and milking tour, Mon-Sat at 3:15 for $15/a, $12/k, (reservations recommended) and a grand dairy tour for $25 on selected Saturday mornings, which includes milking a goat and sampling many cheeses!  

I haven’t taken a tour yet, but it’s a nice, casual place where you can hang out and enjoy the goats, and if you linger long enough, you can get some good info!  According to yesterday’s overheard conversation, the dairy  mixes too particular types of goats (and probably more) – one that produces lots of milk, and one that produces milk with a high butter-fat content.  There really is more to goat cheese than I ever knew, perhaps this summer we’ll have to add a goat tour to our list of family activities!

One thing is for sure- there’s a lilikoi goat milk cheesecake that I’m dying to try!  There’s even a nice shady seating area to enjoy your cheesy delights.

Hours of Operation at the Surfing Goat Dairy

Hours of Operation at the Surfing Goat Dairy

If there's anything cuter than a baby goat I haven't found it

If there’s anything cuter than a baby goat I haven’t found it

Silly goat, enjoying the views of upcountry Maui. WIth the ample sun on Omaopio, solar panels make sense for the dairy and the distillery!

Silly goat, enjoying the views of upcountry Maui. WIth the ample sun on Omaopio, solar panels make sense for the dairy and the distillery!

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