When in Maui, forget the beach and hit the pavement instead. Spend a day with goats and Porsches!
The drive to Upcountry on Maui is beautiful!
Ahhh, Hawaii….the picture perfect beach vacation. Sprawling beaches, tall palm trees, and endless oceans beckon honeymooners, families, and all types of travelers young and old. As you board the plane, you think to yourself “All I’m going to do for the next week is sit on the beach.” And you do. But after about the third day, you start to look like a lobster, there is sand literally everywhere, and you realize you haven’t put on “real clothes” in quite a while. In a nutshell, you need a break from the beach, or from the sun at the very least.
But what do to? Snorkeling? Nope. Paddle boarding? Nope. Surfing? Nope. I know it’s hard to believe but there are other activities to participate in other than water sports and napping in the sand.
On day 4, when you can longer stand to sit on the beach for 8 hours, I propose the following: Porsches and goats.
You read that correctly. When in Maui, give up your beach front real estate in exchange for a Porsche and some goats. At least for one day.
Our rented Porsche speedster from Maui Roadsters parked at the Surfing Goat Dairy in Maui
Start the morning off by renting a replica Porsche speedster from Maui Roadsters in Kihei. If you are lucky and get there early, you might even be able to snag the coveted red Porsche! All the cars in their fleet are manuals so be sure you know how to drive one. Some come with a soft top and others are strictly convertible, so don’t pick a wet day for your adventure…..wet goats are also a bad idea!
My friend picking me up in our rented Porsche Speedster from Maui Roadsters
Once you have your roadster picked out and your scarf securely wrapped around your perfectly coiffed hair, you’re ready to hit the pavement.
In my case, it was a hat
You may be tempted to head towards the famous Hana Highway, but trust me, this is not something you want to do. This stretch of highway may be beautiful, but it’s also treacherous. You do not want to put your pretty Porsche through the ringer and drive it over monstrous pot holes and uneven gravel. Stick to the paved roads instead. You might not encounter waterfalls, but you won’t encounter flat tires or a broken suspension either. And since I promised you goats, we’re heading to Upcountry!
The drive towards Upcountry on Maui from our Porsche Speedster
The drive may not be quite as impressive at Hana but since you are in fact heading up, you will encounter lovely views of the mountains and oceans as you drive alongside towering sugar cane and quaint villages.
Upcountry is the unofficial name for the area around the slopes of Maui's Haleakala Crater. This region mostly consists of fields growing produce for Maui such as tomatoes, strawberries, sweet Maui onions, and lettuce. But there are a few interesting attractions as well. There is the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, the Organic Ocean Vodka distillery, the Surfing Goat Diary, shops, and many delicious restaurants.
Beautiful views of mountains and craters from Upcountry on Maui
We stopped at Hali’imaile General Store for one of the best lunches I have ever had. The name is a little bit deceiving. I was expecting a sandwich shop, not a gourmet restaurant, but that’s what we got. The exterior looks a bit like a colonial style house with a wraparound porch and the interior is quaint, modern, and perfectly charming and inviting. We sat next to the window and enjoyed the views of the country side as well as the gawkers in the parking lot thinking that a real Porsche roadster was parked in the dirt.
The Hali'imaile General Store in Haliimaile, Maui, Hawaii has a gorgeous wraparound porch.
I started with a fabulously Hawaiian martini called Ho’olepo Moana which featured Organic Ocean vodka, pickled ogo seaweed, Maui onions, and Hawaiian black salt. The server described it perfectly as the “taste of the ocean.” Salty and delicious!
Ho’olepo Moana martini at Hali’imaile General Store featuring Ocean Vodka, ogo, onions and black salt
Next up, we shared the Sashimi Napoleon which was won tons layered with Ahi tartar, smoked salmon, sashimi, and wasabi vinaigrette. The presentation was almost too pretty to eat and the best part was that the server cut it for you so you didn’t have to do the dirty work yourself. And it was delicious to boot! The wasabi vinaigrette was perfectly spicy, the fish was fresh and melted in your mouth, and the crunchy won tons paired fantastically with the fish.
Sashimi Napoleon at Hali’imaile General Store featuring Ahi, salmon, won tons, and wasabi vinaigrette
Next up, I had the Blackened Salmon Tacos served on flour tortillas with homemade mole sauce, Cotija Blanco cheese, salsa fresca, lettuce, cilantro sour cream, guacamole and lime. They were great but as great as my friends dish. It was the special of the day so I don’t remember the official name of the entrée but it featured a type of swordfish served over rice with baby carrots and the most delectable, light, creamy sauce! And for dessert? We decided to go with the cheese…
Blackened Salmon tacos at Hali’imaile General Store
Special of the day at Hali’imaile General Store
The Surfing Goat Diary is a fully functioning farm producing mostly goat cheese, as well as chocolates made with goat’s milk, and goat milk soap. You can sample the award winning cheese, take a tour where you can actually milk a goat, or you can feed the goats if you’re a little bit nervous about touching an utter.
The Surfing Goat Dairy features a tasting room, shop, and pen for the baby goats
The big goats are goating around and climbing stuff at the Surfing Goat Diary in Maui
The cheese is delicious and you will be surprised how many different flavors and consistencies there are. My personal favorites were "Diabolic" spicy feta and “Rolling Green” flavored with garlic and chives.
A custom sampler of the award winning cheeses made by Surfing Goat Diary
The cheese on it’s own is already amazing, but you add super cute baby goats to the mix it’s a recipe for cuteness overload!
I was lucky that the weekend I visited happen to be kidding season so there were about a dozen baby goats running around. Most of them were only a few days old and the best part was that petting was allowed! You had to be careful though because the babies would try to suckle just about anything. Half of them were suckling the others half’s ears! Seriously. Baby goats, suckling each others ears. Does it get any cuter than that?
The pen with 3 day old baby goats, all desperately trying to suckle whatever they can!
After about 20 minutes of talking baby talk to the baby goats and squealing like an 8 year old girl, one of the employees took pity on me and came over to ask if I wanted to hold one. As if she even had to ask! Needless to say, I cuddled that little baby goat until closing time! As I played with the 3 day old goat and chatted with the lady, she informed me that they had 1 day old goats in the back…..would I care to see? As if she had to ask again! So if cuddling a 3 day old baby goat and eating cheese wasn’t enough, I got to play with a 1 day old baby goat too!
Here I am playing with this adorable, white 3 day old goat
Quite possibly the best day ever! Here I am cuddling a 1 day old baby goat!
And since I am not an ageist, I bought some bags of hay and headed over to give the big goats some love too!
You can purchase bags of hay to feed to the older goats. And check out those views!
The adult goats waiting for their hay! One tried to take a bite out of my dress!
As we headed back down the hill towards Kihei with the sun beginning to settle over the water, we reminisced about what a wonderful day we had in Maui. And it didn’t involve the beach.
So next time you need a break from the sun and sand, grab a Porsche and goat and head to Upcountry!
I leave you with this image of a baby goat, just hours old, hanging out in a play pen!