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  • Alii Kula Lavender

    Located on the misty slopes of Haleakala is Alii Kula Lavender, growing 45 varieties of lavender on 10 acres. The herb typically blooms in the spring and summer, but certain varieties bloom year round at this Maui farm.

    Alii Kula is overseen by Alii Chang, owner and lavender engineer, who first began planting lavender in 2001. Since then, the business has diversified its operations by offering a variety of farm tours, hosting weddings and selling over 75 lavender products through its retail store, located on the farm, and website.

    The company’s values-based business model incorporates Hawaiian culture, at the center of which is aloha. “It is our social responsibility to take care of our communities and offer an experience that allows people to reconnect to the land, to each other, and to themselves,” says Chang. “We try to create opportunities for togetherness. What we offer is highly sensory, where you can feel, see, touch, taste and hear your environment.”

    To foster a win-win experience for the community, Alii Kula partners with over 25 local businesses to create its many value-added products. “We don’t want to compete with our neighbors,” says Lani Weigert, sales manager, “instead we want to empower and help them grow.”

    Known for its calming properties, lavender’s aroma is slightly earthy, fresh from the fields. Useful as an antiseptic for minor cuts, bites and burns, it also works well as a skin moisturizer. Products available from Alii Kula include lavender scone mix, lavender lilikoi jelly, lavender rose bath soap with Maui goat’s milk, lavender candles and much more, ranging from aromatherapy items and bath and body goods to culinary specialties and apparel.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

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