Haiku is always full of surprises: hippies, secret pot farms, kombucha cafes, hidden hobbit houses. There’s a water lily farm off of Hana Highway, about 15 miles from Kahului called the Maui Water Lily Farm. While there is a noticeable sign on the highway, most people in a hurry will miss it. And it’s worth taking some time to savor. Sometimes they are open, sometimes they are not. The sign at the driveway will let you know.
Address: 83 N. Holokai Road, Haiku, HI 96708
Phone: (808) 572-7878
Ever have someone make a fresh flower bouquet on demand? I felt like a fairy princess as Nico waded knee-deep through the water lilyponds to cut five fresh water lily blossoms. He carefully placed them into a plastic specialty bag and gently tied them. He cautioned me that they would only last for a couple of days, maybe 3 at most, and that they go to bed at night.
|One of the water lily ponds at the Maui Water Lily Farm.|
What’s special about water lilies?
- They are actually fragrant, a soft and not overwhelming scent.
- They close their petals at night and open up in the morning.
- The flowers are phototropic: they move towards the light, bending and stretching.
- Even when the flowers stop blooming, they close up as buds and still look beautiful.
|These water lilies kept moving towards the light!|
Haiku Water Lily Farm has two main ponds, filled with water lily plants. When I stopped by, in late May, there was another unexpected surprise: the water hyacinths were blooming. There were masses of these beautiful lilac blooms along the sides of the pond. Nico said they bloom for a couple of weeks every spring.
|Water hyacinths in bloom.|
P.S. Two events happening this weekend:
Mo'okiha O Pi'ilani Launch 2014, July 11th, today at noon, Lahaina – This Maui canoe has been restored to perfection and is being returned to Maui waters.
Summer Bash for Education, July 12th, Saturday, 6-8 pm, Kihei. Donate school supplies, win door prizes, watch live entertainment including the Burn n Love Elvis impersonator.