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Leilani Farm Sanctuary

260 E. Kuiaha Road, Haiku, Maui, HI 96708
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Haiku
Type: Farms, Ranch & Farm
Owner description: Reservations are required. $20 per person tax-deductible donation (half price for kids and...
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Type: Farms, Ranch & Farm
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.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I've been following their FB page for a while and when we finally booked our tickets to Maui I was so excited to finally visit the sanctuary. The tour was great, stunning properties and amazing animals. Amazing work they do for animals! If you have time spend a few hours volunteering.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The moment you arrive at Leilani Farm Sanctuary you know you are somewhere special. The animals are all friendly and want to greet you. Laurelee has found her passion and it shows in the way she treats the animals and in the way they respond to her. I especially appreciate the way the various farm animals relate to each other,... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My mother and I visited here last week and I think we both feel it was the highlight of our trip to Maui. It's such a beautiful spot and all the animals are so happy and well taken care of. Laurelee has done such an amazing job and it was wonderful to have her show us around and introduce us... More 

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Oroville, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Every time we visit Maui we volunteer at Leilani Farm Sanctuary. We figure why just take a tour, so we tour & help out at the same time. We get to know all the animals and turn our vacation into a fulfilling animal experience! Laurelee is an excellent hostess and so appreciative of our help. The animals really LOVE the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Laurelee has dedicated her life to the betterment of animals both as an animal activist and now creating an incredible sanctuary for rescued farm animals who otherwise would have met a certain death. Leilani is set on beautiful tropical acreage with wonderful people friendly animals that greet you happily... well worth a visit and for a great cause as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The fates aligned & I happened to luck out with a personal tour. Lauralee took me around, introduced me to all of the inhabitants & told me many personal stories. Cats, chickens, bunnies, guinea pigs, goats, donkeys, tortoises & a deer all live together in a beautiful harmony in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend a visit. Its a beautiful... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Going to Leilani Farm Sanctuary was my favorite thing we did while honeymooning in Maui. My husband and I were the only visitors that day, so we got an extra personal tour. Laurelee, the sanctuary founder, is an amazing woman. It's so obvious how much she loves these animals & how much they love her back. The tour is very... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I've visited Leilani Farm Sanctuary in Haiku twice the past two years. It has been by far the most rewarding experience. For parents who want to share with children the qualities of caring and love in action, and introduce them to gentle loving animals, birds, turtles, cats and dogs, there are over 200 rescued animals and birds who will greet... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Leilani farm sanctuary was by far the most wonderful activity I did on my recent, and first, trio to Maui last month. For anyone who loves animals or wants to learn more about animals, this is THE place to visit! The owner and director of the non-profit rescue has a genuine love and calling to care for these animals. I... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

If you are an animal lover, you should definitely make sure you visit the farm while in Maui. Lauralee is an amazing human being. She has created a paradise for countless abused and neglected animals. It is very apparent that these animals adore her. They are all friendly and loving. I was almost in tears as one of the resident... More 

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