The Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula, Maiu in Hawai
One of the fun things we did on our recent trip to Maui was visit the Surfing Goat Dairy on the slopes of Haleakala, the 10,000 foot dormant volcano on Maui. We weren’t staying on that part of the island so it was a bit of a drive but well worth it. More on Haleakala later.
The dairy is officially in lower Kula, a small town part way down (or up) the mountain. I had seen this goat cheese brand on a restaurant menu and we thought it’d be fun to check the place out since we were going to be fairly close by.
This male goat was fun to watch - he was playing with his food dish, carrying it around and dropping it on the ground - but that video didn't turn out. This one of him bleating is pretty funny.
We didn’t do an official tour, or spend time trying to milk a goat or to try our hand at goat herding, but did enjoy a few minutes touring their facility and sampled some of the blueberry lilikoi (yellow passion fruit) gelato which was amazing!!
And being the chocoholics we are we also had to…had to…buy a box of assorted goat milk truffles, and a jar of French Dream goat cheese with herbs de provence, one of their award winners. The dairy also serves lunch (goat cheese, Panini sandwiches and more), and you can buy goat milk soaps and other merchandize in their store.
The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, despite being busy, and it was fun to see the goats. Right now there are about 140 of them, with the expectation of about 200 kids in the next 3 months we were told.
Surfing Goat Dairy is a certified humane farm, and we understand they do not use pesticides or herbicides, nor steroids or hormones.
The 9-year-old Surfing Goat Dairy is at 3651 Omaopio Road. Hours a 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Call for information and to arrange one of their different tours at (808) 878-2870.