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Leilani Farm Sanctuary

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Address: 260 E Kuiaha Rd, Haiku, Maui, HI 96708-5430
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+1 808-298-8544

Reservations are required. $20 per person tax-deductible donation (half...

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.

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A Must Visit on Maui

This is a Sanctuary on Maui for over 200 animals. I took the Wednesday afternoon tour and highly recommend a visit - whether you are solo or with family. The Sanctuary is perfect... read more

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a Sanctuary on Maui for over 200 animals. I took the Wednesday afternoon tour and highly recommend a visit - whether you are solo or with family. The Sanctuary is perfect for young children and families. It's the best experience on Maui and one that I repeat with each visit.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I love animals, and we just had to visit the Leilani Farm Sanctuary after reading about it on Trip Advisor. Tours are only offered by on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and reservations are required. We were able to setup a reservation by emailing them on Friday night asking if there was availability the next morning. We arrived at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We were looking for an activity to break up the typical beach / dining out / other fun things while on our vacation and stumbled upon this place on tripadvisor. It took us an hour to get there from Lahaina, where we are staying, but so glad we did. They offer tours two times a week so make sure to... More 

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tulsa, OK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A couple of Turkeys(one big Tom named Mathew), Roosters, Hens, Cats, Guinea Pigs, Pigs, Pot Belly Pig, Goats, Donkeys...did I mention Cats? I am a cat guy so it could have just been a cat sanctuary and I would have been fine with it. The owner has built a 600sq/ft house with a wrap-around porch and the cats do enjoy.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We volunteered as a family of 3 (2 teens) on a Monday morning. Not knowing what to expect, we were delighted to find Laurelee and her incredible dedication. We weeded for about an hour with mosquitos, but it was worth it when two deer came up and greeted us midway through the work. After working, we got to play with... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

Lauralee's dedication shows in every little detail. I won't write about how well she runs this non profit, how well the animals are loved and taken care of, or what a joy it is just to be there and soak in the magic. Others have said it all better than me. I will just say that you HAVE to cuddle... More 

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is like a little bit of heaven on Earth. Sanctuary director Laurelee Blanchard greets you warmly and gives you a bit of history of the sanctuary before taking you on the tour. The sanctuary itself is located on eight gorgeous acres of rolling hillside covered with fields, cute buildings, fruit trees, and other greenery. The rescued animals... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

We stayed in Wailea, so the trip to Leilani sanctuary was a bit far so the experience. I booked the visit based on the stellar reviews, but, though the mission of the sanctuary is amazing, the visit itself wasn't mind-blowing. The animals are rescues, so though they love their lady, they aren't as quick to cuddle the visitors as we... More 

5 Thank movingtofrance
Pukalani, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

What a beautiful and amazing place! Rescue animals everywhere! Bunnies, ducks, cats and deer romp and play together! This place is funded by donation only and completely kept going by volunteers! Monday and Wednesday you can volunteer and hang out with all the animals. The founder, Laurelee is so sweet. Her heart for abused animals is beyond explanation. I learned... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

We were really pleased we'd visited this farm sanctuary. It is very uplifting to hear the stories of the animals now living here, and to realise that their lives have improved so much. Laurelee, the lady who owns and runs this place, is both informative and passionate about her work here. She has truly made a difference in the lives... More 

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