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Tour pineapples’ past and Kapalua Farms’ future

By Staff | Jul 30, 2009

Outback Steakhouse Lahaina Proprietor Art Ortiz is surrounded by ten cast members from Theatre Theatre Maui’s summer production of “Beauty and the Beast (Jr.).” This year, Outback Steakhouse sponsored the program T-shirts for all 47 youth cast members and also for their production team of directors. Proudly showing their logo sleeves are, from left: JJ Jerome, Meghan Bradford, Jessa Emmerich, Taylor Trout, Tenneh Waritay, Ortiz, Noah Taamu, Josh Schwartzlow, Kirsten Gilchrist, Riley Bond and Erin Tsue.

KAPALUA — Now you can “dine from the vine” and go on five tasting tours from Kapalua Farms.

All Pineapple Farm Tours welcome Hawaii residents with special rates for kama‘aina through 2009.

The newest, a Farm Tour, includes enjoying the farm-fresh tastes of organic produce and pineapple varieties while learning about Kapalua Resort’s colorful plantation past and innovative farming future.  

After touring Kapalua Farms’ diversified operations and picking a sweet Kapalua Gold pineapple to take home as a souvenir, lunch is served under a shady pergola at the oceanview farm.  

Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Farm Tour’s kama‘aina price is $50 per person.

Located near Kapalua Resort on 188 acres, Kapalua Farms is comprised of Kapalua Gold and Kapalua Emerald organic pineapple production, an organic produce and herb farm, tropical fruits orchard, pasture-raised egg layer operation, compost center and farm tours. The farm supplies resort restaurants and island-wide grocery and natural food stores with certified organic produce and all-natural eggs. For more information, visit kapaluafarms.com.

Other Pineapple Farm Tours include the original two-hour Express Tour in West Maui or Upcountry, and the specialty Signature Tour or Picnic Tour with a personalized lunch. 

West Maui tours begin at the Kapalua Resort Center, and the Upcountry Tour begins at the Hali‘imaile Plantation Office located next to Hali‘imaile General Store restaurant.

On all tours, guests can walk into the oceanview fields, where workers are planting pineapple slips or sorting pineapple by hand. Learn about the unique growing cycle and cultivation techniques of Hawaii’s pineapple and the only ones that were born and raised on Maui – Maui Gold, Kapalua Gold and Kapalua Emerald.

Express Tours are featured twice daily; the kama‘aina price is $40. The Signature Tour with lunch at a resort restaurant is available on Fridays at the kama‘aina price of $62. An Upcountry Tour at Hali‘imaile is offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays for $35 for kama‘aina. The Picnic Tour with a plantation plate lunch in the field is featured Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the kama`aina price of $55. For reservations, call 665-5491 or book online at KapaluaFarms.com.