Uncharted Maui

Follow the roads less traveled to discover the exotic flowers, idyllic farms, and volcano-top panoramas of the island’s upcountry.

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Alii Kula Lavender
Photographer Don Dahlquist

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Those looking to buy go to Maui Floral, but to see even more flowers, head to Alii Kula Lavender, which engulfs visitors in a stunning purple haze. Owner Alii Chang leads a tour past the 45 types of lavender he grows high above the Pacific. Then he lets guests dawdle with tea and lavender scones. It’s a perfect spot to watch daredevils descend 3,000 feet into an adjacent field strapped to an instructor from Proflyght Paragliding School. Or to learn about the heart-pounding Haleakala Skyline Tour on zip-line cables strung through nearby treetops. The undulating road narrows as it heads south, offering wide views of the southwest coast. The journey passes through tiny Keokea, where jet-lagged drivers can get a caffeine boost at Grandma’s Coffee House.

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