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Leilani Farm Sanctuary

260 E. Kuiaha Road, Haiku, Maui, HI 96708
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Haiku
Type: Farms
Owner description: Reservations are required. $20 per person tax-deductible donation (half price for kids and kama'aina).Home to goats, rabbits, donkeys, cats, geese,... more » Owner description: Reservations are required. $20 per person tax-deductible donation (half price for kids and kama'aina).Home to goats, rabbits, donkeys, cats, geese, pigs, tortoises, guinea pigs, ducks, deer and chickens, Leilani Farm Sanctuary is located on a lush 8-acre farm in Haiku, Maui. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to provide shelter and care for abused animals, and humane education to the community. On the outer, most visible level, Leilani Farm Sanctuary lives and breathes upon a unique piece of rolling land, eight volcanic acres on a green Pacific island. But its superb location and jaw-dropping natural beauty are but reflections of its lush inner essence. The sanctuary is a refuge for animals, a safe haven for those fortunate enough to have found their way here. Each rescued animal has his or her story. Lehua, the donkey, had lived her life under the dark crawl space of a house, unable to graze and completely isolated from other animals. One goat was spared the butcher's knife through a near-miraculous change of heart by a worker at a meat ranch. Some of the sanctuary's young residents, including one very endearing deer and several goats were orphaned when hunters shot their mothers. Others, such as rabbits and chickens, had been given to children as holiday presents, then later discarded when they became too cumbersome to care for. Some of the roosters were liberated from cockfighting compounds. (We continue to work actively to put an end to this cruel, inhumane practice that passes in some cultures as "sport."). Cats live peacefully among chickens, stretching out on their backs in the warmth of the sun; rabbits become obsessed with tunnel-digging, their paws scratching the earth in accelerated motion, red dirt flying everywhere. In fact, all the animals at the sanctuary have unique personalities that showcase their individual characters. Here, the operative word is "community." Animals live in harmony with each other, as their deeply-ingrained cooperative ethic, based on survival, shapes their world-and informs ours, too. Leilani Farm Sanctuary provides a healthy, happy home for all these animals. It offers caring humans an opportunity to engage them in a natural setting where they're all loved, and where all their basic needs are attended to. Many visitors who have come here to meet the animals have been touched, each in his or her special way, by the "humanity" of these amazing and lovable beings. They've had a sample of compassion-in-action and have glimpsed the real possibility that all living beings might be treated with deep caring and respect. These human-animal encounters have proved over and again to be nothing less than genuine healing--on both sides of the equation. All are enriched by the love that is shared here. Our hope is that Leilani Farm Sanctuary will continue to serve as an ever-widening beacon of love and light for our ailing planet. We envision a world in which people everywhere have an abundance of good food to eat and without sacrificing the lives of innocent animals, in the process. We consider adopting a vegan diet, as one key aspect of living lightly on the earth, the best path to realizing that dream. May we all thrive, in peace and in a spirit of oneness! And may we always act responsibly, in ways that will benefit all sentient beings. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We loved our visit to Leilani Farm Sanctuary! It was so peaceful and fulfilling to see the rescued animals thriving in this beautiful place! Lauralee is an angel who really lives her dream and loves these animals. It was great to be able to interact and even handle many of the animals, including goats, geese, mules, deer and pigs. Next... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is a bit of animal heaven in Maui. Here rescued animals live together happily and peacefully. They are loved and cared for, rehabilitated and allowed to rebuild their trust. It is a taste of Eden. Imagine calling Veronica, Veronica and having a beautiful deer run toward you for a pat on the head. Imagine a little goat,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I took my 2 and a half little boy up to the Leilani Farm Sanctuary over the weekend and he had a blast. We got to interact with sheep, donkeys, deer, pigs, chickens rabbits and the farm cat. Not only did we have a greet time learning about the rescue animals, but my son got to feed the rabbits, pet... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting the animal sanctuary, mingling with the residents, and hearing everyone's story. The rescued animals range from pigs and mules to rabbits and tortoises and they all seemed very grateful for their loving home and the attention from their guests. It's a great way to spend a couple of hours and support... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Unforgettable experience with hundreds of precious animals, each one is a special ambassador and each one has its story. A visit can teach us how to treat animals better, differently. Laurelee is a wonderful guide!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My fiance had stumbled upon this sanctuary online, and we decided to take a vacation (Sept 2012) to Maui for the first time and visited Leilani Farm Sanctuary as soon as we got off the plane. After a long day traveling, it was so refreshing to come to this safe and peaceful haven for all the rescued animals. We learned... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

This is a must see if you are an animal lover. The formerly endangered and/or orphaned animals are safe, loved and well cared for in a spacious and safe place. Visit, donate, marvel at it all.

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Paia, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We highly recommend visiting this sanctuary. It is fun for adults and kids of all ages. We saw chickens, bunnies, goats, pigs, tortoises, donkeys, axis deer, potbelly pig, ducks, geese and kitties. All the animals are rescues and have their own very comfortable spacious areas to enjoy, and you can tell that they are very loved. I got to hold... More

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West Linn, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

From the moment you enter the grounds of Leilani Farm Sanctuary you can feel the love . . . literally the two-footed and four-footed creatures seem to know they are in a safe space filled with love and they intend to give some back. Together with my husband and friends, we volunteered at Leilani Farm Sanctuary for a week filled... More

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West Linn, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A group of four of us spent a week on Maui volunteering at this sanctuary. A wonderful experience along with a little hard work. Lauralee was helpful in making sure we had things to do each day that would help the sanctuary and we enjoyed as well. Felt like we were being of service to a great cause. And the... More

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