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“Up close and personal!!!!”

Leilani Farm Sanctuary
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Haiku
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Reservations are required. $20 per person tax-deductible donation (half price for kids and kama'aina).Home to goats, rabbits, donkeys, cats, geese, pigs, tortoises, guinea pigs, ducks, deer and chickens, Leilani Farm Sanctuary is located on a lush 8-acre farm in Haiku, Maui. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to provide shelter and care for abused animals, and humane education to the community. On the outer, most visible level, Leilani Farm Sanctuary lives and breathes upon a unique piece of rolling land, eight volcanic acres on a green Pacific island. But its superb location and jaw-dropping natural beauty are but reflections of its lush inner essence. The sanctuary is a refuge for animals, a safe haven for those fortunate enough to have found their way here. Each rescued animal has his or her story. Lehua, the donkey, had lived her life under the dark crawl space of a house, unable to graze and completely isolated from other animals. One goat was spared the butcher's knife through a near-miraculous change of heart by a worker at a meat ranch. Some of the sanctuary's young residents, including one very endearing deer and several goats were orphaned when hunters shot their mothers. Others, such as rabbits and chickens, had been given to children as holiday presents, then later discarded when they became too cumbersome to care for. Some of the roosters were liberated from cockfighting compounds. (We continue to work actively to put an end to this cruel, inhumane practice that passes in some cultures as "sport."). Cats live peacefully among chickens, stretching out on their backs in the warmth of the sun; rabbits become obsessed with tunnel-digging, their paws scratching the earth in accelerated motion, red dirt flying everywhere. In fact, all the animals at the sanctuary have unique personalities that showcase their individual characters. Here, the operative word is "community." Animals live in harmony with each other, as their deeply-ingrained cooperative ethic, based on survival, shapes their world-and informs ours, too. Leilani Farm Sanctuary provides a healthy, happy home for all these animals. It offers caring humans an opportunity to engage them in a natural setting where they're all loved, and where all their basic needs are attended to. Many visitors who have come here to meet the animals have been touched, each in his or her special way, by the "humanity" of these amazing and lovable beings. They've had a sample of compassion-in-action and have glimpsed the real possibility that all living beings might be treated with deep caring and respect. These human-animal encounters have proved over and again to be nothing less than genuine healing--on both sides of the equation. All are enriched by the love that is shared here. Our hope is that Leilani Farm Sanctuary will continue to serve as an ever-widening beacon of love and light for our ailing planet. We envision a world in which people everywhere have an abundance of good food to eat and without sacrificing the lives of innocent animals, in the process. We consider adopting a vegan diet, as one key aspect of living lightly on the earth, the best path to realizing that dream. May we all thrive, in peace and in a spirit of oneness! And may we always act responsibly, in ways that will benefit all sentient beings.
Reviewed 17 July 2017

If you're an animal lover then Leilani Farm Sanctuary is the place to go to get up close and personal with all sorts of animals. We have visited the farm many times with friends and family and each time it's a whole new experience. The friendly volunteer staff make sure each person has a unique experience by facilitating your interaction with animals ranging from a dessert tortoise to a pair of friendly donkeys named Jenny and Lehua. On our last visit we were a group that consisted of adults and children. We had a chance to interact with chickens, rabbits, Ginny pigs, a cow named Dorothy and even a pig named Charlotte as she took her mid morning mud bath. Everyone in the group took a liking to one animal or another but we all agreed a sweet little goat named Kai was the overall group favorite. So wether you're visiting Maui for the first time or have lived on Maui for years a visit to the farm should be on your list of things to do and see. Judy & Rudy

2  Thank myeya
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Several friends and I went to Leilani Farm Sanctuary for my birthday weekend. I could not have had a happier birthday! We actually did some volunteering which we had planned ahead with Laurelee, the founder. But for the purposes of this review, I will say that our Saturday morning tour was a fantastic kickoff to the weekend. The best word I can give our experience is HEARTWARMING. You can feel the love and happiness on the farm. The animals follow Laurelee around and share pasture together. Everywhere you look is a beautiful feast for the eyes of flowers, trees, barns, and peaceful and content animals (okay, there were a few rascally goats and deer, but it takes all kinds!). It was so soothing to come to a place where animals are treated with kindness and love. The children on the tour were the most fun to watch. They got to feed and pet animals while learning about their personalities. I can hardly think of a better way to teach kids the important values of respect and kindness towards others that we share the earth with. I would give a thousand star rating if I could.

1  Thank Lindaanimals
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

Yesterday we went on a tour of Leilani Farm Sanctuary. There was me and 16 others ranging in age from 7 years of age to grandma who keeps her age private. Although the adults in the group were snapping pix like crazy as they had never been up close and personal with many of these animals, it was the children that were most fun to watch as they viewed and sometimes interfaced with the animals. Each stroked a chicken for the first time. We had friendly Charlotte, the pig, who followed us for a while until she submerged herself in her mud bath. The children did like the guinea pigs because they were small and easy to pet. I asked one of the youngest and grandma which animal they liked best. It was the little white goat that gently followed us around in one of the pastures. This farm is not a petting zoo but rather an educational experience to see how deer, sheep, a cow, donkeys, ducks, geese and others would chose to live. I guess that is why Maui is called paradise, and at Leilani Farm Sanctuary it appears to be paradise for all.

Thank Valerie B
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Beautiful place and fun trip for the kids to see animals on vacation. Since we live in a farming community there wasn't a lot of novelty, though the deer were fun to see. The kids agreed that the cats while we waited for the tour were the best and they happily would have just stayed loving them.

As for the message warning....this is not just a rescue / sanctuary tour. Your children will be exposed to heavy suggestions that anything non-vegan is cruel. Hunters are cruel, farmers are cruel, etc. It is one thing to distract the children and discuss her mission with parents but I thought the content was too much for the kids there, primarily 2-7 range.

Also, when questioned on why the hens were not roaming free (which didn't bother me at all) the founder's answer was confusing for kids. She explained that when they were free they would nest and hatch chicks....which she believed was counter to her rescue mission. She didn't want there to be more chicks. So what does she do with the eggs? Well, she is vegan and doesn't want the cholesterol (not concerned with the potential chicks), so the eggs are fed to the pigs.

Still a great trip for kids when Maui has few options for those under 5, but be prepared and talk to your kids about the content, especially if you are not vegan or know farmers or hunters, as they are left with negative feelings about their lives, which is not why you are choosing this activity.

Disclaimer ...I grew up on a farm, work with the farmers, my kids live on a farm and adore animals.

5  Thank Bonnie F
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LeilaniFarmSanctuary, Manager at Leilani Farm Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Leilani Farm Sanctuary provides care for rescued animals and humane education to the community. The deer and most of the goats lost their mothers to hunters. The cow, turkeys, ducks, and other species were saved from being butchered for human consumption. Our responsibility is to share the animals' stories with visitors and inspire compassion.

The farm is truly a "Sanctuary" for rescued animals and a center for education.

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Reviewed 1 July 2017

Six of us visited the Leilani Farm Sanctuary. Three generations. It was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed learning about all the animals and interacting with them. I was already a vegetarian before visiting, but now my 11 year old daughter is as well. Definitely a must see in Maui.

Thank Tracey W
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