Take a Farm Tour

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

Don’t be mis­led by the Big Is­land’s bar­ren lava fields. The ma­jor­ity of the state’s agri­cul­tural prod­ucts are grown and pro­cessed here.

Hawai‘i For­est & Trail con­ducts a unique tour of lo­cal farms that are us­ing sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture meth­ods. First, the tour heads to Kahua Ranch in the Ko­hala Moun­tains, where cat­tle and sheep are ranched (not to men­tion you’ll get a great view of the coast from its 3,000-foot el­e­va­tion). The next stop is Honopua Farm, where or­ganic veg­eta­bles, laven­der and cut flow­ers are farmed. Af­ter th­ese stops, at­ten­dees will be served din­ner at the award-win­ning Mer­ri­man’s Restau­rant in Waimea, where chefs pre­pare gourmet din­ners us­ing fresh, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents.

To truly ap­pre­ci­ate the Poly­ne­sian agri­cul­tural her­itage, visit the Amy Green­well Eth­nob­otan­i­cal Garden, where you’ll see more than 200 va­ri­eties of plants cul­ti­vated by early Hawai­ians. The 15-acre garden is land­scaped to re­flect plant life in the Kona area be­fore for­eign con­tact. It also is the only garden in Hawai‘i solely de­voted to Hawai­ian eth­nob­otany, a dis­ci­pline that com­bines the study of hu­man cul­ture with the plants that sup­port it.

• Hawai‘i For­est & Trail (808) 331-8505

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