Hawaii has long been known for its two biggest industries… tourism and agriculture. As the big sugar and pineapple plantations have declined the small farms and the new generation of farmers look toward sustainability with Agritourism. Farm to table has always been a way of life in Hawaii and now it’s relevant nationwide and the cool thing to do when dining in Hawaii. Agritourism can be found on each of the Hawaiian Islands as many small farmers produce crops for local restaurants and often provide daily tours of their farms.
Here are just a few of the specialty farms that you can visit :
Hamakua Mushroom Farm provides tours on Tuesday and Thursday that show how the mushrooms are uniquely cultivated. Visit http://hamakuamushrooms.com/ for more info.
Greenwell Farms produces Kona coffee for more information on tours and tastings visit http://www.greenwellfarms.com/
Big Island Bees boasts 3,800 hives housing 190 million bees and you can sample their organic honey and peruse their museum. For more information visit https://bigislandbees.com/
Upcountry Maui is home to many small farms and you can easily experience three private farms on the Kula Backyard Farm Tour. You will receive hands-on experience at: Aina Lani Farm (Maui Fresh Herbs), Tambra Gardens’ Kula Beans Coffee Farm, and The Greenleaf Organic Farm. Guests will learn about Maui’s agricultural history, meet a beekeeper and sample honey, citrus, avocado, clove, spices, micro-greens, edible flowers, organic veggies & herbs and coffee. For more information visit http://mauicountryfarmtours.com/
Kohana Rum is a distillery that produces small-batches of farm to bottle rum that is made with native Hawaiian sugar cane. For more information visit http://www.kohanarum.com/home/
Steelgrass Chocolate Farm offers a botanical garden, lunch tour that take guests all the way through the process of making chocolate, from the cocoa pod to processed bars. For more information visit http://steelgrass.org/