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“Upcountry Maui with Marilyn and Rick”

Maui Country Farm Tours
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Owner description: Personalized Farm Tours on Maui. We do groups up to twenty and private tours. Scenic Ho`okipa, Pineapple Country, Kula Country Farms, Maui's Winery, Ulupalakua Ranch, The Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. We also visit West Maui Coffee Farm and will customize a tour for you such as coffee farm,Dragon Fruit Farm, Lahaina Animal farm, taro farms and flower farms. Want to see Proteas, Asparagus, orchids, native plants? Perhaps shopping and galleries too? We'll design a tour for you. he tours begin in Kahului at Whole Foods 70 Ka`ahumanu Ave and the Harbors but we also pick up at the hotels in Wailea or Kaanapali for additional fee.
Reviewed September 16, 2012

This tour is simply awesome !
Marilyn and her husband Rick (who was also the van driver) ) are very kind and keep you entertained all trip long, sharing a true aloha spirit with every guest.

But 'guest' is not the correct word : in fact , after a few moments, everyone in the minivan was feeling as part of a merry ohana (family).

Apart myself and husband , our group was composed by another couple and a travel agent.
We understand that groups are small most of the times, which means that everyone gets particular attention by Marilyn and Ricky.

The Surfing Goat Dairy makes daily a wide choice of tasty fresh cheese , which you get to sample during the visit : we tried fresh chevre (goat), mandalay (with apples, banana and curry), o’ sole mio (with sundried tomatoes), men's challenges (with horseradish) and others we can’t remember.
They also produce yummy goat cheese truffles , which are delicious.
You also can feed goats, they were so cute and lively; you can easily tell how they are healthy and happy.

Next stop was Maui's winery. Marilyn showed us some different trees in the ranch (norfolk pines, jakarantas and a one-hundred-years-old camphor tree) and shared some funny “local stories”; then escorted us to the tasting rooms: a must try is the pineapple wine - which they make from locally grown pineapple.

During the trip Rick stopped various times to let us snap photos of the beautiful panorama that can be seen from the upcountry, he talked stories about Maui as it used to be when he was a child.

The nice thing about this tour is that Marilyn is so good in tailoring the trip according to guests’ wishes and you never feel pressed.

By this time , everybody was feeling hungry: we had a lovely picnic in the fields of Ali'i Kula Lavender farm: for me the highlight of the meal were the lilikoi fruits that Ricky cut down for us.
As dessert we had delicious “ lavender tea and scones” , which are handmade daily on property.

Afterwards we did the walking tour around the farm - where we learnt about different kind of lavender: French, Spanish, English, if I remember correctly . They grow more than forty different kinds of lavender plant.
Our tour guide gifted us with some beautiful flowers : I had a lovely “king protea” in my bouquet among several others .

Now it was time to say goodbye, all of us were sad that the wonderful tour had come to the end.

End ? Almost ! On the way back to our parked car, Rick went out of his way - driving us to see the last working sugar mill in the islands : this stop was unexpected and the very last lovely experience for the day !

As final touch , dear Marilyn gifted us with three very interesting books , written by herself ( I’m now trying a few of her Hawai’ian recipes !!)

Big MAHALO , Marilyn and Rick , for a memorable day Upcountry Maui !!

Highly recommended

Thank LauraDiItaly
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Jamarilyn, Owner at Maui Country Farm Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Marco and Laura,
We're so happy you enjoyed our personalized tour of Maui's Up-Country Farms. It's a lot of fun with people who really get a kick out of goats and their kids, cheese making and tasting then traveling up a country road to the Lavender Farm to see magnificent beauty above all of Maui. Ulupalakua is one of my favorite places because of all the old trees planted by Captain James Makee... You learned so much about Hawaii and I'm so glad you want to return ASAP. Aloha for now, Marilyn and Rick

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The tour was not the typical tour. We were picked at the Kahului Harbor by Rick and Marilyn. We were traveling on the Disney Wonder on Disney's first cruise to Hawaii. We visited Paia, the Pineapple Farms, the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Maui's Winery. We had a picnic lunch at the AKL Lavender Farm. The last stop was the Surfing Goat Dairy. The places we visited helped us understand Maui's contribution to the effort of all Hawaii to grow their own food and depend less on imports. The Lopes are long-time residents of Maui and share the history of the Island with passion and love. They understand the big picture but also have wonderful stories to share. It was delightful excursion and well worth the time and cost. We were the only people on the tour but it would be a great tour for families with children and teens. We want to go back and do it again.

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Jamarilyn, Owner at Maui Country Farm Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

Aloha from Maui,
We are very thankful for your review. It was wonderful sharing our passion for Maui and glad you enjoyed.

Mahalo

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

So much fun and a variety of venues
Small groups instead of a large on. Very accommodating. Very good choice.

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Jamarilyn, Owner at Maui Country Farm Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

Aloha,
So glad you enjoyed our tour. Yes, very much to see on a small island as we are so diverse in agricultural beauty. Do come again to see what growing and changing on our island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

~ Marilyn

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

When I saw the reviews for this tour I thought we were going to get what the reviews said. Our tour was originally scheduled for Sunday, but it was cancelled and we got to rebook for Monday. We were the only two on the tour. We picked up Marilyn at the Whole Foods Market and started our tour. We were expecting to get everything that was listed on their web site. Unfortunately some of the places were either skipped or missed because of the time we took going through the back roads of Maui. We didn't get to see the Winery or Kula Country Farms. The sandwiches weren't local Hawaiian but normal sandwiches you get on the mainland. We also didn't get to see the Surfing Goat Diary. Marilyn and Rich are great tour guides and know a lot about the island and its unique places. We just feel that we didn't get the package that was promised.

Thank David W
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

From the minute Marilyn and Rick Lopes pick you up you know this isn't going to be your typical tour. I love Marilyn's enthusiasm and ukulele playing. Rick is great with his local boy stories about Maui!
This is a great way to see tours and attractions in the upcountry area of Maui.
Marie Glodt

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Jamarilyn, Owner at Maui Country Farm Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

We love you Marie

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