Stroll Makawao Forest
Just outside cowboy town, Makawao Forest Reserve is 2,000 verdant acres of native and imported plants, shrubs, flowers and trees. Hike or cycle through fragrant eucalyptus and pine, past flowering ginger to the sound of tropical bird song, taking in views 2,500 feet below. Cool and lush, the forest boasts some of Hawai‘i’s best mountain biking trails.
Gander at the Botanical Garden
Hundreds of colorful, exotic blooms, plants, shrubs and trees are on display at the bucolic Kula Botanical Garden created by a local landscape architect and still family run. Set high up on the slopes of Haleakalā overlooking the ocean, eight-acre garden is a delight of unusual flora and botanicals, artful rock formations, rushing waterfalls, a koi pond, aviary and covered bridge, plus new additions like the carved ki‘i (sculptures representing gods) exhibit.
Pick up picnic goodies and fresh baked goods at the quaint covered Kula Country Farm. Hawaiians have been farming the fertile volcanic soil here for centuries, primarily staples such as sweet potato and taro. This four-generation 55-acre farm specializes in sweet, juicy strawberries, top-quality produce and, in fall time, hundreds of pumpkins from tiny to huge (don’t miss the autumn corn maze).
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