What: Upcountry Maui town known for its farms and botanical gardens
Where: The higher elevations of Upcountry Maui
Found in the Upcountry region of Maui, Kula is a quaint, rustic area on the slopes of Haleakala. Located in the central part of the island, Kula is also at the center of its culinary resurgence, with much of the exotic produce served at Maui’s best Hawaii Regional Cuisine restaurants grown right here in the rich, volcanic soil.
The fertile fields of Kula are an ideal place to stir up your appetite by taking a farm tour. Pick a Maui onion at Oo Farm, smell the sweet lavender and marvel at the stunning views at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm or see the protea at the Shim Coffee and Protea Farm Tour. The region is also home to the Kula Botanical Gardens, filled with blooming carnations, birds of paradise and orchids.
On the way to the gardens, visitors can also see Kula’s most notable landmark, the brilliant white, octagonal Holy Ghost Church. A gift from the king and queen of Portugal to the island’s Portuguese plantation workers in 1894, it has been recently restored. Kula also offers the best views in Upcountry Maui, with sweeping views of Maui and the Pacific Ocean.