This tour will start at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus Culinary Academy for a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the State of the Art facility and continental breakfast of locally sourced products. Once you’ve satisfied your appetite the tour will continue to the Hali’imaile Pineapple Company, where the staff shares a brief history of growing pineapple on Maui and how their farming operations has evolved today. See how pineapple is grown and learn the interesting facts about choosing the sweetest pineapple in the supermarket. Then it’s off to lunch at the O’o farm, where a plethora of different crops are grown. Providing a unique culinary experience of using the freshest farm ingredients, prepared in creative ways that bring forth all the delicious flavors nature has to offer. After lunch, it’s on to Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, where the tour starts on a sweet note of creamy Lavender Chocolate Gelato. Take the first and only Lavender walking tour and discover the “Language of Flowers”. Buy a Lavender Scone for the road and find out why these scones are so famous!
- Breakfast and Behind the Scenes tour of University of Hawaii Maui campus.
- Pineapple tour and tasting at Hali’imaile Pineapple Tours
- Gourmet Lunch and Tour at O’o Organic Farm
- Ali’I Kula Lavender Walking Tour and Dessert
**Advanced Reservations are required! Call 808-891-4604. Click here for more information.
AKL Maui in Seattle
The first event we attend in Seattle Washington was the Bumbershoot on September 4th, 2010. It was located at the Seattle City Center running from Friday through Sunday. We caught a taxi to the event and walked around for about an hour. We could tell there were a lot of people from the outside and several people were outside looking to buy tickets, so I am assuming the event was sold out. The event is based on music and art. There are 3 stages of live bands. When we arrived Bob Dylan was playing. The event seemed to be very popular in the Portland/Seattle area. People marked their calendars and looked forward to this event all year. Throughout the entire weekend around 130,000 people can in and out of that event.
On Sunday, September 12th we headed back to Seattle for the Live Aloha Culture Festival was at the Seattle City Center. Walking in felt really good and people recognized us being local and from Hawaii. Seattle is a very diverse and liberal city, therefore people were opened to see what the culture was about. Overall, we felt comfortable at this event and had a lot of fun. The event had many vendors from Hawaii and the feeling was very local oriented. We met people from home and they were more than happy to answer any questions we had about the event and overall were very welcoming knowing that we were from Hawaii. The entertainment was awesome and stayed within the cultural guidelines of Hawaii. The event is suppose to turn into a three-day event next year and should expect twice the amount of people. There are locals that came out from all over Washington and Oregon to look for local products and their favorite local foods. The theme is very specific and dedicated to Hawaii products. Several people were interested in our Sustainable Aloha Eco bag and persistently asked us where they could find it. Luckily, I had brochures with me on this trip and I was able to help them connect with the AKL Maui networks.
Overall we had a great time on these trips and Seattle is such a beautiful and unique city. Watch out as AKL Maui up and travels to a City near you!
Here at AKL Maui we are planting our first 1000 trees on the slopes of Haleakala on the most isolated set of islands in the world. Help us plant acres more.
Olive trees play a vital role in the daily life of all communities. They help provide breathable air, blockage from damaging wind, a way to maintain fertile soils & increase bee population. With one small act we can all make a big impression.
Uses of Olive Trees
Olive trees can be great for cooking as well. The olive does not taste very well directly from the tree, it actually tastes very bitter. Because of the thickness of the wood of Olive Trees, it is used to make furniture or articles of everyday use. The leaves of olive trees have several medicinal purposes. They have a calming effect. They also help people for relaxation purposes and helps people go to sleep. The Olive tree leaves bring down high levels of cholesterol, therefore helping increase the power of the immune system. The oil is good for the cardiovascular system and the circulation of fat in the body as well.
The olive tree is a symbol of joy, peace and happiness and as such makes an excellent gift. Because of its general hardiness, people who don’t have ‘green thumbs’ will find them fairly easy to care for. With normal care, the olive tree will generally outlive any human and give useful food for many centuries.
If you ever pay a visit to us here at the Lavender Farm, just look along the fences of the Lavender, and that is where you will find our many Olive Trees. Alii chang believes that planting the olive trees and the lavender close together will help make them more compatible once manufactured together in one product. Watch out for the Cattle though, sometimes you will find them nibbling away at the olive trees. AKL Maui currently has one product that uses Olive Oil, which is the Lavender Olive Oil Goatmilk Soap. To learn more about that product, click here. http://www.aklmaui.com/p-116-lavender-olive-oil-goatmilk-soap.aspx.
Every $1 contributed through the Sustainable Aloha program goes towards planting more Olive trees & improving the quality of air on the planet. Trees planted through this program will support the Maui Food Bank.
To help support this cause visit http://www.aliikulalavender.com/p-142-plant-an-olive-tree-with-akl-maui.aspx.