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Did Maui’s Lavender Farm Survive the Wildfires? Ali’i Kula Update

Lahaina, Maui has been almost completely destroyed by fast-moving wildfires that struck the island. Fires also burned in Kula, an agricultural region of Maui’s upcountry.

That has many people worried about a Maui gem located in the upcountry–the Ali’i Kula lavender farm. Some people are also simply confused or unsure about which parts of the island experienced fires.

Did the lavender farm on Maui survive the fires?

Ali'i Kula lavender farm

My Visit to Ali’i Kula

I was especially interested in this question because I visited the farm only three weeks before the fires. Nestled on a hillside in Kula, the farm has lavender fields with stunning views.

Ali'i Kula lavender farm

It also has a small store that sells lavender products, including tea, soaps, cookies and more.

Did the Farm Make it?

Ali'i Kula lavender farm, field of lavender flowers

The great news is that Ali’i Kula lavender farm was not impacted by the wildfires in Kula, Hawaii. The farm remains open.

In fact, the farm is pitching in to help victims of the fires on the island. According to a statement posted on the farm’s website, they are inviting people to “come for respite and relaxation” and are waiving their normal entry fee.

Screenshot of message on Ali'i Kula lavender farm website

They’re also offering free cups of Kula lavender tea, known for its tranquil effects. The farm says that “Our Maui community is dealing with profound loss”, and the farm is doing their best to help.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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