The climate of Makawao is perfect for farming and ranches. There are many farms in the area. If you want to take a peek at how farms work then you should join the Farm Tours in Makawao. The Farm Tours in Makawao are tours of the famed Maui Gold Pineapple Farm. The Maui Gold Pineapple Farm has a long history in Maui. The company started in 1903 when the two sons of Rev. Dwight Baldwin acquired lands and started ranching and cultivating pineapples. Henry and David Baldwin later expanded their land in 1933. Over time, the company grew and at one time they harvested 250,000 tons of pineapples per year and employed around 2,000 workers. All of this pineapples were packed on the island and distributed worldwide under the label Maui Gold. They used to supply 80 percent of the demand for pineapple worldwide.

The tours will take you on the fields where they grow their crops and the guides will narrate the story of pineapple growing here on Maui. The pineapples they grow here have been cultured for many years. They had many trials and errors to get the extra sweet flavor and low acidity of the world-renowned fruit. They started this in the 1930’s when the 3 biggest fruit companies came together to fund the Pineapple Research Institute at the University of Hawaii. These three were the Maui Pineapple Company, Dole, and Del Monte. After years of research, they came upon PRI(Pineapple Research Institute) variety 73-50.

These tours will give you a glimpse of the century-old story of the Maui Gold Pineapple Farm. This tour comes with an option for lunch. You will go to Haliimaile General Tour for lunch. Afterward, you can join a tour of the Haliimaile Distilling Company’s distillery. Here you can see how they make vodka out of Pineapples.

Here is a list of the different options for Farm Tours in Maalaea.


Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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