Lavender is a vibrantly-colored, aromatic purple plant that is said to help treat insomnia, improve calmness, reduce pain, blood pressure, and more.
Although not native to the region, the lavender plant has become well-acclimated to the mountain slopes of Maui.
Each year, tourists travel from near and far to see the Maui lavender plants during their peak blooming season.
When Does The Lavender Bloom In Maui?
To truly see the blooms at their peak, may require some strategic planning and timing.
The largest lavender fields typically bloom in mid-summer. The bulk of the blooms for the lavender species that make up these fields typically bloom in June through August and sometimes in early September.
However, because of the soil and ideal climate in Maui, there are certain varieties of lavender that bloom year-round, such as Spanish Lavender.
Each of the different species of lavender boasts its own unique appearance, characteristics, and scents.
Many previous visitors recommend calling the farm you plan on visiting prior to your trip to see what species of lavender you will be able to catch in bloom at that time.
The True Lavender species—also known as English Lavender—typically blooms up to two times in June and July.
However, at Maui’s most popular lavender farm, Ali’i Kula, the season is often prolonged into August and September.
There they regularly harvest blooms individually, which allows new buds to mature longer into the year.
True Lavender is known for producing most lavender essential oils. Its unmistakable fragrance can be smelled in the air as soon as you’re near a bloom.
The plant boasts hearty, vibrant purple blooms that are part of what makes peak blooming season so well-known.
The French Lavender species is typically the most active type of lavender year-round in Maui.
It is a beautiful plant that is often used as seasoning in a variety of dishes.
Spanish Lavender is known for its beautiful, colorful blooms in shades of purple, pinks, maroons, and whites.
In Maui, Spanish Lavender blooms throughout the year.
This species is not usually used for cooking or essential oils. It’s mostly used for ornamental purposes.
Where To See The Lavender Blooms In Maui?
Ali’i Kula Lavender farm is the most popular destination to see lavender blooms in Maui.
Visitors enjoy breath-taking views of the mountains on their drive up to the farm that is located upcountry, nestled on 13.5 acres in the slopes of Haleakala.
Once you reach the farm during bloom season, you will be greeted by a purple paradise of endless lavender rows filled with calming aromas in the cool country air.
Ali’i Kula Lavender farm boasts over 55,000 lavender plants in 20 different varieties on their property, each with their own unique characteristics and blooming seasons.
Their website outlines the many different varieties they grow as well as when to visit to get the best chance and experience of seeing them.
They also have a variety of other gorgeous plants to see, including:
- Olive trees
Admission is $3 per person, with a $1 off for Seniors, Military, and Kama’aina.
Alternatively, the farm also supports the Maui Food Bank by accepting one non-perishable food item in place of the admission price.
Ali’i Kula Lavender farm
The farm is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10am to 4pm.
Visitors may also enjoy laid-back vibes and beautiful walking paths on one of the farm’s guided tours through the fields.
Learn about the rich history of the farm, which was started by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master, Ali’i Chang, from a single lavender plant in 2001.
Before leaving, visitors also may enjoy the farm’s gift shop which carries a variety of products that are infused with homegrown lavender.
This includes spa and bath products, like soaps and body butters, but also culinary products, like their famous lavender brownies, lavender tea, lavender-infused coffee, or lavender sugar.
Their website also features recipes so that you can use your culinary products to create your own lavender-infused creations at home.
If you’re looking for a unique, affordable experience that you will never forget on your upcoming Maui trip, a visit to the lavender farm is sure to check all those boxes.
With some simple planning, you can see the lavender in full bloom for an experience you’ll never forget.