Kapalua Resort is putting the concept of farm to table right in the middle of its growing fields.
Now you may "dine from the vine" and then some at your choice of four yummy tasting tours that combine walking in scenic fields, riding in luxurious vans and dining in the shade outdoors.
All of the tours welcome Hawaii residents with discounted kamaaina rates throughout 2009. All depart from the Kapalua Resort Center on Office Road.
Photo courtesy Kapalua Farms
Jasper and Torin Callender (from left) with auntie Tova Callender, Alicia McGee and her mom, Tamara McGee, enjoy tastes of organic arugula on their walking tour at the 188-acre certified organic Kapalua Farms.
Why would locals want to do farm tours that feature pineapple, you say? Because its history on Maui is of great sentimental value and it's a wonderful experience for visiting family and friends. Kids also love the tours and they're priced right.
The newest of the bunch, simply called A Farm Tour, runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Sample farm-fresh produce and pineapple varieties on the 188-acre certified organic Kapalua Farms as you learn about Kapalua Resort's colorful plantation past as well as its diversified future.
Afterwards, pick a sweet Kapalua Gold pineapple to take home as a souvenir. Lunch is then served under a shady pergola at the ocean-view farm. Menu selections include the roasted garden vegetable sandwich with grilled Kapalua Farms' eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, melted provolone and pesto sauce. Other items include curried chicken wrap with baby arugula, avocado and organic pineapple chutney; and mahi sandwich with pink Eureka lemon and garlic aioli on ciabatta roll.
All lunches feature an organic green salad and mini pineapple upside-down cake made with Kapalua Gold organic pineapple and caramel sauce. The new A Farm Tour costs $50 per kamaaina.
The Picnic Tour with a plantation plate lunch at the scenic Pineapple Pavilion up in the West Maui Mountains runs from 1:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The kamaaina price is $55 per person.
Hot entrees are catch of the day, beef stir fry, chicken curry, kalua pork, and ginger soy tofu. Steamed white rice, salad, cookies and water are included.
On all tours, guests will venture into the ocean-view fields where workers are planting pineapple slips or sorting golden globes of pineapple - get a taste - and then pick one to take home.
For more information or reservations on these and other tours, call 665-5491.