Maui is known as the Valley Isle. The name is derived from the fact that central Maui sits between two mountains with Haleakala to the east and the West Maui mountains to the west. Nearly all of the central Maui floor is no more than 200 feet above sea level, while Haleakala soars to over 10,000 feet above sea level. (Did we mention our bike ride down Haleakala??) This Valley Isle makes for prime farm land, and farms here are plentiful! While spending time in the rich and lush Kula towns, we stumbled across O’o Farm: a fully organic and sustainable farm that provides coffee and produce for many of the local restaurants, bars and resorts on Maui.
In the upcountry farming community of Kula, lies eight acres of pristine land sustainably maintained and biodynamically cultivated. O’o Farm is the result of the owner’s extraordinary commitment to providing quality local produce for their local Maui restaurants to deliver a true “Farm to Table” experience.
We had the pleasure of dining at their flagship restaurant near our home base in south Lahaina: Pacific’O. Sitting right on a gorgeous stretch of Maui coastline, this open-air restaurant features fresh greens, herbs and vegetables straight from the O’o Farm. We enjoyed freshly muddled drinks with strawberry, lavender and basil along with field green salads and fresh (caught that day) fish and veggies. I chased our young daughter back and forth in the sand while the waves crashed and the sun set…a perfect Maui dining experience made even better by the fact that I knew exactly where my food came from! Living in California, we are lucky to have several local farms. I’d love to see more of them go organic…hint hint!!