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“Animal lovers come here”

Leilani Farm Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 31 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.
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“Animal lovers come here”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Located on a scenic piece of property, the Leilani Farm Sanctuary seems to have more chickens and roosters than anything else, but it's still a fun attraction for animal lovers. I was escorted onto the premises by a majestic and very friendly rooster named Regis who originally came from a feed store. Being a rooster instead of an egg-laying hen, he would have been destroyed if not taken in by the sanctuary. He joined the rabbits, goats, pigs, donkeys, etc., each with their own rescue story. The owner is very good about encouraging visitors to pet and even hold her animals. The tour isn't very long, but then the sanctuary is fairly new and somewhat small. I would suggest wearing old shoes because the ground is muddy and mucky. If you love animals, the sanctuary is worth a visit. The $20 recommended donation is certainly reasonable.

Visited January 2013
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“For the LOVE of animals!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

You have to go to this beautiful farm in Haiku! Laurelee is living her dream while saving many animals from abuse and neglect. She is also spreading the message of kindness towards all of our fellow creatures by promoting a vegetarian lifestyle. The tour involves walking up and down the gorgeous hills of the farm while making "pet" stops with the animals. The stars of the day were Ella the goat (we all held her!), Veronica the axis deer, and Kea the pig. They each had funny personalities which made us laugh and smile the whole time. If you have the time and means, please visit Leilani Farm Sanctuary. Offer your time or a donation to help a wonderful cause. Mahalo.

Visited December 2012
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“Highlight of our trip in Maui! MUST Visit these Animals”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

This farm is amazing... these animals are so sweet. There was a pig, a dear, a baby goat.... lots of other animals following us around on our tour. They all live happily on one gorgeous farm. It felt like we were on the set of Snow White. Makes me smile everytime I think about this experience. These animals have been brought back to "life" ... a GREAT life because of Laurelee and her volunteers. Please visit these animals. They would love your company!


Visited November 2012
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Victoria BC
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“Fantastic time!”
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”
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
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