Just when you thought your Hana excursion couldn’t get any more thrilling: Whether you braved the remote eastern side in a single day or stayed in Hana for a week, any journey into Maui’s lusher side would be incomplete without a stop at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Established more than thirty years ago, the leading tourist destination and entertainment venue presents some of the most alluring flowers, herbs, and crops the island has to offer—as well as activities designed to delight the whole ‘ohana.
Located in the majestic Waikapū Valley—a fertile expanse that served as an agricultural hub during Maui’s sugarcane era—Maui Tropical Plantation got its start as a heavenly-scented venue constructed to showcase the Valley Isle’s loveliest botanicals. Now a working plantation that features 40 organic crops—including coffee, macadamia nuts, avocado, and papaya—MTP is free and open to the public. Myriad activities are available for those who want a deeper peek into this legendary region, from tram tours to ziplines.
Banana bread, shave ice, coconut gelato—the Road to Hana boasts a boatload of tasty treats to get you through your excursion. Back on less-serpentine terrain, however, you may want to indulge in a meal that celebrates Maui’s bounty. Find that in spades at The Mill House, a modern and magical restaurant nestled into the Maui Tropical Plantation. Here, 2015’s ‘Aipono Chef of the Year award winner Jeff Scheer works closely with his team to produce plate after plate of wonder, from chickpea panisse to charcuterie. Best part yet? Scheer and his squad utilize herbs, veggies, and fruit straight from the plantation—and dishes them out in a sultry, unrivaled setting. Make a reservation or call (808) 270-0333.
It’s one thing to tour Maui Tropical Plantation on foot or four wheels; it’s yet another to experience it all from the air. Maui Zipline takes keiki and adults 300 to 900 feet into the sky, where views of crops, streams, and coastline exhilarate and please. With five side-by-side ziplines, this island adventure is just as delightful for couples as it is for the whole family.
Time your Road to Hana voyage just right and you might be able to experience the best the island has to offer—that is, by ending it all with Maui Chef’s Table. Created by The Mill House’s Jeff Scheer, this exclusive event—held on select weekend evenings—brings guests into the culinary dialogue with an open-concept kitchen that encourages questions and conversation while Scheer and/or his team prepare a nine-course meal that’s outright trance-inducing. Drawing on the same ethos of The Mill House—which concentrates on the island’s freshest seasonal ingredients—the festive event serves dishes so delectable and intricate, they’ll linger in your mind long after you’ve left the island. Call (808) 270-0303 for it books up yet again.
Having far too much fun exploring Hana’s hiking trails and waterfalls to even think of souvenirs? Maui Tropical Plantation has got you covered. Pop into the Mill House Roasting Co. for a pound of plantation-fresh beans (or a bag of coconut cardamom macadamias), swing into the Moku Pua Soap Factory for handcrafted, all-natural body care (with fragrances that range from toasted coconut to tuberose), or meander into the Country Store for a jar of guava butter or an aloha shirt (here, you’ll also find gorgeous prints, photographs, and paintings by Maui artist Rebecca Lowell). Keen on taking a taste of Maui home with you? Slip into Kumu Farms’ farm stand. Rated one of the best farm stands in the U.S. by Rodale’s Organic Life magazine, Kumu peddles gourmet products and organic produce—including the oh-so-delicious Maui Gold pineapple.
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