As amazing as the Road to Hana is, many people consider the quiet, Martian-esque landscape of Haleakala to be the highlight of their Maui vacation. And while, yes, sunrise at Haleakala is certainly the place to be among many Maui visitors, plenty of folks enjoy a visit to the Summit of Haleakala any time of day—us included! We’ve created a couple of tours that include a daytime visit to Haleakala, including one of our classic favorites—the Summit Lavender Sojourn.
More than just a trip up the mountain, the Summit Lavender Sojourn is a full-day upcountry adventure. Like most of our tours, it starts with a morning departure right from your hotel, resort, residence, condo, or ship’s pier. From there, you and a group of like-minded travelers will enjoy the narration of your Hawaii Certified Tour Guide as your luxury Limo-Van makes its way to the top of Haleakala.
There, your Tour Guide will be full of fascinating information about the history of our famous dormant volcano, from its geological origins to its cultural significance to both ancient and modern Hawaiians. You’ll also learn how important Mt. Haleakala is to scientific communities worldwide—especially astronomers!
After the visit to Haleakala, you’ll make your way into Kula for a visit to the scenic Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. This world-famous farm features huge fields as well as quaint gardens full of lavender, succulents, and other beautiful, fragrant flora. You’ll have a chance to smell and experience the different varieties of lavender that, despite not being native to Hawaii, flourish in Kula’s cooler weather. After exploring with your Tour Guide, you’ll have a chance to spend some time in the charming gift shop, where lavender goodies ranging from soaps to salts, lotions to lemonade abound! While you’re there, feel free to treat yourself to a lavender scone and some hot tea on the lanai, and marvel at the incredible, lavender-scented view.
After the lavender farm, it’s time for lunch. Your Tour Guide will escort your group to a scenic upcountry location and set up a delightful al-fresco lunch, including a grilled herb-marinated chicken wrap, a seven-spice seared ono wrap, garden vegetable pasta salad, chilled Maui Gold pineapple, and fudgy macadamia nut brownies. After lunch, it’s time for a stop at MauiWine, where your Tour Guide will go into detail about the production of Maui’s only local wine, and show you around the beautiful, serene grounds. Afterward, join their knowledgeable staff in the tasting room for some samples, and decide which bottles you’d like to take back to your hotel, if you’re so inclined! Read more about MauiWine here.
Finally, your Tour Guide will take you to Makawao, Maui’s quaint “cowboy” town. You’ll learn about this charming spot from your Tour Guide, and then you’ll have an opportunity to visit its many shops and galleries. Ever seen live glass-blowing? You may very well have the opportunity with a stop at Hot Island Glass, where they demonstrate their incredible skills daily. You’ll also enjoy browsing local wares at Maui Hands, and viewing incredible island artwork at Viewpoints Gallery Of course, there’s much more to see, do, eat, and drink in Makawao, so enjoy!
You’ll return to your hotel at a relaxed, Maui-style pace by around 5:00 PM—more than likely loaded down with some goodies from your travels! If you are looking to see some of the more unique sides of Maui, and visit our incredible Haleakala National Park, then the Summit Lavender Sojourn is definitely for you!