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Review of Leilani Farm Sanctuary

Leilani Farm Sanctuary
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Haiku
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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.
Victoria BC
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“Fantastic time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

Lauralee was a lot of fun, her animals are accustomed to being visited and the pig Kia is a real ham (pun intended)! We very much enjoyed our time there and will return next year for another go at Freddy the pushy goat.

Visited October 2012
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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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“Wonderful place for animals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

My friend and I had the chance to volunteer here this morning. The sanctuary is filled with animals that are clearly well cared for and loved - it was nice to see them so content! This would be a great place to visit with family (or even on your own) as a chance to learn about and interact with animals of all types including deer, rabbits, turtles, donkeys, goats, pigs and rabbits!

Sadly we did not have the chance to do the tour due to time constraints but from what we saw of the farm I would have to say it is worth the trip. If you choose to volunteer do realize that you will be doing real farm work! It's not all about just grooming the animals but also cleaning up after them. Either way the animals appreciate the work you put in so it is well worth the effort!

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Stephanie T
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“Family Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Just got back from visiting with Lauralee and all her animal friends. It was amazing! Our family will remember this adventure forever. Thanks for sharing your friends with us and see you next time!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“A Maui eco-tour with Heart -- you will fall in love with the many animals at this verdant Haiku rescue farm!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

We live on Oahu and learned about Leilani Farm Sanctuary through Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. An upcoming escape to Maui coincided with an article featuring the farm along with a story and photo of Ned, a friendly Nubian goat and farm resident. After reading his heart rending story, the prospect of meeting friendly Ned was tops on our list for the trip.

If you have never held a chicken, watched a tortoise eat salad for lunch or heard a pig who can sing like a whale while being brushed, you are in for a huge treat! All the animals who are fortunate enough to land at this sanctuary have stories of their own to tell -- too many to mention in a short review, but you will want to meet them firsthand.

The farm is a non-profit and sustained by the efforts of its founder, Lauralee Blanchard and her volunteers. Lauralee's respect for her ohana is evident, as is their love for her and the volunteers caring for them. This is a place where animals' complete personalities are allowed to blossom as they are nurtured back to health and happiness. This is a great tour for children of all ages -- we didn't have any small children with us, but didn't want to leave there ourselves.

This will be the highlight of your Maui vacation -- guaranteed! The farm is sustained by donations and the animals' free range will be expanded as donations continue to flow in and more animals can be helped. Mahalo for an unforgettable experience up close & personal with your Maui ohana!

Visited February 2012
5 Thank Jennifer A
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“They are closer to the source!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Lauralee has accepted some of those who were truly the least of the animals who were castoffs, mal treated, at deaths door and with love and true selfless care, she has redeemed us. Getting to know their personalities, she has individually found their strengths and needs and brought them to clearly enjoy their new lives at the sanctuary.
Every one has a name and the lucious surroundings are all cared for, for them. I brushed the pig and it went to sleep. Ever held a chicken? Who knew the smell good and are not only soft but cuddly! And goats, goats, goats. It was so fun to sit in the pasture with all the goats, pig, deer grazing around me.
What a wonderful morning, cause, and farm.

3 Thank Aloharitch
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