The Ali?i Kula Lavender Farm is situated 4,000 feet atop the slopes of Mt. Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii. The 13.5-acre farm grows more than 45 varieties of the aromatic lavender plant with an estimated 55,000 blooms covering majority of the farm?s expanse. Seven of the plant varieties continue to bloom throughout the year. Aside from lavenders, the farm also tends roses, proteas, olive trees, geraniums, native Hawaiian plants, and hydrangeas.
Since lavender is not endemic to Hawaii, history has it that the lavender plants crossed seas from England to Honolulu?s royal palace during the 19th century. It is because of this that the farm was named Ali?i Kula Lavender which literally means the Royal Lavender of Kula. From February 2002, Ali?i Chang is farmer and owner of the farm.
Visitors come to Ali?i Kula Lavender Farm to enjoy the stress-busting and calming effects of the plant?s scent. Sanctuaries are also provided across the farm serving as any visitor?s quiet corner. In fact, the farm uses the dragonfly as its emblem to signify renewal and rebirth. The farm also has a gift shop that displays an array of collection naturally made from the plant. These products include gift sets, aromatherapy, and other specialty items.
The farm teamed-up with twenty-five local businesses in order to reproduce the items sold at the shop. The farm is open from 9 AM to 4 PM daily and admission is free.