I spent 2 weeks in Maui one year while I was in grad school, and after getting super sunburned in the first couple of days, I decided to travel up the hill (or volcano) to a cooler part of the island and visit the lavender gardens. This place stands out in my memory as an escape from the tropical sun where I wandered the garden paths, and watched as the sun chased the mists up towards the top of the volcano Haleakala. It was a completely different atmosphere than the beaches of Kihei, but it took less than an hour to reach the farm.
Ali’i Kula Lavender is a commercial garden in the upcountry of Maui which practices environmental stewardship, and for only $3 you can gain admission to the farm. Tours cost $12 but you can wander the gardens on your own for just the admission cost. There are a variety of lavender goods to choose from at the gift shop, and you can order them online even if you can’t make it to the gardens. I think the best way to explain why I love these gardens is to show you!
Aside from just lavender, many other flowers are grown in the extensive gardens.
BONUS: Since today is also Photo Friday, I have selected a photo from the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farms that goes with the theme Half-Light:
From the gardens in the partly cloudy upcountry, you can see down to the shores of West Maui. The cool ocean breeze and the higher altitudes offer a refreshing break from the sunny beach. The volcano Haleakala keeps the clouds around a little longer and gives an ethereal feel to the gardens in this island paradise.
What is your most peaceful, refreshing, or relaxing travel memory? Let me know in the comments!