Party with the Lo­cals

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3674 Bald­win Ave. in Makawao, (808) 572-7261; Kanemitsu’s Bak­ery is lo­cated at 79 Ala Malama Ave., Kau­nakakai, (808) 553-5855.

• FROZEN GOOD­NESS: Ice cream is the go-to treat for hot, hu­mid days. Find ICE CREAM SHOPS around the is­land, or go for a richer taste with GE­LATO. Pull over to try CO­CONUT GLEN’S (co­conut­glens.com) co­conut ice cream on the Road to Hana! The FRO-YO craze that swept the main­land is in full swing here in Hawai‘i, as ev­i­denced by places like TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YO­GURT. Try IS­LAND-IN­SPIRED FLA­VORS such as Taro, Hawai­ian Sun­set and Pas­sion Fruit topped with co­conut, pa­paya and (dried li hing sweet plum) pow­der.

84. TAKE A CULI­NARY TOUR

Maui is the per­fect place for food­ies to in­dulge in some FARM

TO-TA­BLE AD­VEN­TURES. (Per­haps that’s why Bravo’s culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion show, TOP CHEF, picked the VAL­LEY ISLE as the lo­cale for its Season 11 fi­nale?)

Get­ting the in­side scoop on how chefs and restau­rants around the is­land get their dishes to shine is a per­fect way not only to ex­plore Maui, but also to learn more about how your food makes it to your plate. Who knows—maybe you’ll get some ideas on how to spruce up your own kitchen reper­toire when you get home.

Tours are avail­able through LO­CAL TASTES OF MAUI (lo­cal­taste­sof­maui.com), which hosts tours of La­haina, Ki­hei and more. HAWAII TAST­ING TOURS (hawai­is­tast­ing­tours.com) also of­fers tours around the is­land. Many farms also have their own mini culi­nary ex­cur­sion avail­able; check with in­di­vid­ual es­tab­lish­ments for de­tails. TIP: Con­sult with your concierge and the lo­cals to dis­cover which FINE­DIN­ING ES­TAB­LISH­MENTS cel­e­brate the bounty of the is­land on their menus. And for those want­ing even more in­sight, CUS­TOM­IZED TOURS also are avail­able. PAR­ADISE ECO-AD­VEN­TURES also of­fers AD­VEN­TURE TOURS that in­te­grate an OR­GANIC FARM­ING

TOUR into ev­ery ad­ven­ture. One of which takes tour tak­ers through a USDA-cer­ti­fied or­ganic farm tour of MAUI DRAGON FRUIT FARM with a knowl­edge­able guide. Learn about an­cient agri­cul­tural prac­tices and taste sea­son­ally avail­able fruits, such as pineapple, ba­nana, sug­ar­cane, pa­paya and, of course, dragon fruit.

PAR­ADISE ECO-AD­VEN­TURES (808) 264-6127

85. MAKE A CHEESE RUN

Make a cheese run to the SURF­ING

GOAT DAIRY in Kula and get a look at Up­coun­try scenery along the way. This na­tional AWARD

WIN­NING DAIRY pro­duces more than 30 va­ri­eties of GOURMET

GOAT CHEESE on its 42-acre farm, lo­cated on Oma‘opio Road. A grow­ing herd of some 200 goats fu­els the op­er­a­tion. FUN FACT: The dairy is owned by Ger­man ex­pa­tri­ates, Thomas and Eva Kaf­sack, who moved to Maui af­ter Thomas sold his Ger­man soft­ware com­pany to one of Europe’s largest mort­gage banks.

TOURS are con­ducted daily. Spe­cial tours in­clude a 60-minute, hands-on work­out that pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to herd, feed and milk goats. TAST­INGS of the en­tire line of 30-plus cheeses also are avail­able, which can be en­joyed on the pic­nic ta­bles on the farm. Surf­ing Goat also of­fers a de­li­cious BREAK­FAST for the trek down from Haleakala, and other unique prod­ucts (gourmet goat cheese truf­fles, any­one?) also are avail­able at the dairy’s spe­cialty shop. Bonus: Keep an eye out for their prod­ucts on restaurant menus and at lo­cal mar­kets. Visit surf­ing­goat­dairy.com to learn more.

SURF­ING GOAT DAIRY (808) 878-2870

86. GET FES­TIVE

Just be­cause you’re on an is­land va­ca­tion doesn’t mean you have to give up CON­CERTS, EVENTS OR FES­TI­VALS. Here’s a sam­pling of what you can look for­ward to on the Val­ley Isle:

• KI­HEI FRI­DAY TOWN PAR­TIES: Ki­hei’s Fourth Fri­day, a pau hana (af­ter-work)-style com­mu­nity street party with food trucks, en­ter­tain­ment, crafts and kids’ games, brings vis­i­tors and lo­cals to­gether for monthly cel­e­bra­tions the fourth Fri­day of ev­ery month. De­tails: 6–9 p.m., Azeka Shop­ping Cen­ter, ki­heifri­days.com.

• LA ‘ULU!: The first-an­nual Bread­fruit Day at Maui Nui Botan­i­cal Gar­dens cel­e­brates the nu­tri­tious and ver­sa­tile fruit tree, Aug. 26, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahu­lui. Go to mnbg. org for more in­for­ma­tion.

• ST. JOHN’S KULA FES­TI­VAL: Cel­e­brate this up­coun­try com­mu­nity at this fa­vorite fes­ti­val—this year a 35year tra­di­tion! Rev­el­ers will en­joy great food (Por­tuguese Bean Soup, Maui Cat­tle Com­pany Burgers and home­made baked goods), fresh Kula pro­duce, a quilt show and live en­ter­tain­ment. It’s 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 23 at St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church, 8992 Kula High­way, Kula. Go to stjohns­maui. org/ku­lafest for more info.

• CHI­NESE MOON FES­TI­VAL: Lanterns and cul­tural dis­plays will be on view at the Chi­nese Moon Fes­ti­val held at La­haina’s Wo Hing Mu­seum & Cook­house on Front Street, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept.

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