October 8, 2014
9:00 Arrive Lihue Airport on Hawaiian Airlines
Depart for Kokee Area
10:30 Arrive Kokee & Transfer via Coach –
Sightseeing – Waimea Canyon & Kalalau Valley Lookouts
Box Lunch – Kokee State Par
12:30 Depart Kokee area for Mahaulepu, Private Lands owned by Grove Farm
14:00 Arrive Mahaulepu –
• Visit Haraguchi Family Taro Farm – The Haraguchis are sixth generation Japanese-Americans whose ancestors started the Haraguchi Rice Mill in the Hanalei Valley on Kauai. Haraguchi Farms is a family farm that has been growing taro and other crops on Kauai for over six generations. The Haraguchi’s have their family's taro fields in Hanalei and tend and harvest by hand. The taro from their Hanalei and Mahaulepu fields makes its way into the Hanalei Juice & Taro Company's menu where locals enjoy taro hummus and kalua pork
• Visit to Hawaii Dairy Farm – This is Hawaii’s newest dairy, which utilizes best-practices and produces about 5 – 8% of the State of Hawaii’s milk. The land that Hawaii Dairy Farm uses to farm their grasses was designated as Important Agricultural Lands and is vital for their grass-fed cattle operation
15:30 Depart Mahaulepu Area
16:00 Kauai Algae Farm Tour –
The Kauai Algae Farm was started in 2008 with federal funding from DARPA. As part of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s vision to move the U.S. military to more sustainable biofuels, research and development on using algae for jet fuel, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and animal food continues at this site.
17:00 Depart Kauai Algae Farm for Grove Farm’s Historic Home
17:30 Tour & Dinner at Iliahi, Grove Farm’s Historic Plantation
Manager’s Home –
Enjoy a sweeping vista of Kauai from the lawn of Grove Farm’s historic Iliahi Estate. Iliahi, which translates to sandalwood” in Hawaiian, was built in the 1930’s for its plantation manager, and was once known for being surrounding by sandalwood trees. Iliahi is now home to more than 2,500 native plants, trees and grasses, some of which are extremely rare. Hundreds of Kauai school children have participated in assisting the nearby ecological restoration project since its inception in 2006.
19:30 Depart Iliahi for return flight from Lihue to HNL on Hawaiian Airlines
20:00 Arrive in Honolulu
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