Maui Lavender Co.
On a drive up country Maui we found a hidden secret. It is Cathy Toda's lavender farm and the Maui Lavender Company. It's like entering heaven and mahalo to Cathy for creating the state's first and only purely organic lavender farm featuring 82 lavender varieties and a collection of exotic roses. Maui Lavender is "aromatherapeutic, luxurious, natural" and if you go on their site these are only a few buzz words that come to mind when you suss out what this local company offers the public in a world-class product line. Not to mention Maui Lavender is the only organic lavender grown on an extinct volcano, on the cinder covered slopes, of majestic Mount Haleakala.
Ok a little about this plant used for centuries around the world? Upcountry Maui provides a microclimate suitable for the growth of lavender. With the lack of water and approximate 4,200-foot elevation on the slopes of Mount Haleakala, this is an ideal location for growing this drought resistant plant that thrives in colder regions. Very few locations within the Hawaiian Islands are capable of supporting lavender so they are grown on Maui, the island voted "best island" for several years in a row, visitor count to the area increasing each year. The purchase of omiyagi (gift items for friends and family) and remembrances of visitors' trips are a key component to contemporary travelers. They seek out items that are made in the islands versus imported to Hawaii. So when we support Cathy Toda, and businesses like her Maui Lavender Company, we are sustaining a green Hawaii. We are buying local products and supporting agriculture in our precious Hawaiian Islands.
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