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“They are closer to the source!”

Leilani Farm Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 31 things to do in Haiku
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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.
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“They are closer to the source!”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Lauralee has accepted some of those who were truly the least of the animals who were castoffs, mal treated, at deaths door and with love and true selfless care, she has redeemed us. Getting to know their personalities, she has individually found their strengths and needs and brought them to clearly enjoy their new lives at the sanctuary.
Every one has a name and the lucious surroundings are all cared for, for them. I brushed the pig and it went to sleep. Ever held a chicken? Who knew the smell good and are not only soft but cuddly! And goats, goats, goats. It was so fun to sit in the pasture with all the goats, pig, deer grazing around me.
What a wonderful morning, cause, and farm.

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Vancouver, BC
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“GREATSpot for tame animals”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

Lauralee provided a great tour of the sanctuary with a mention of the importance of vegetarianism but was not at all pushy. I would say you could sense how important it was to them, but as a meat eater I didn't find it at all uncomfortable.
The animals are so tame even my 1 1/2 year old was interested in getting close and considered petting some of them. The deer Veronica is really special as were the very tame donkeys and goats.
I would recommmend this as a great outing for a day with younger kids including a stop in Pa'ia to do some shopping and grab some food. The landscape is very different than other parts of Maui and worth seeing. We had a great time.

Visited February 2012
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6 Thank BijouBichon
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Traverse City, Michigan
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“Very enjoyable for animal lovers”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Call for tour reservations on Wed afternoon or Saturday morning. The owner will walk you thru an 8 acre compound with rescued goats, donkeys, rabbits, cats, chickens, ducks and a fawn that is like a puppy. This is a private attempt to better the existance of unfortunate animals. Dontions appreciated but not demanded.

Visited February 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Fun, educational vacation activity with a purpose”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Lauralee Blanchard, founder and director of Leilani Farm Sanctuary, is someone who lives exactly the life she espouses. At the lovely grounds of this sanctuary near Haiku on the north shore of Maui, one can find donkeys, rabbits, goats, pigs, cats, chickens, tortoises and even a deer all roaming freely, enjoying life without the threat of abuse or extermination. Blanchard, a vegan, is dedicated to caring for these animals while providing education about a meat-free, dairy-free lifestyle. The lucky animals get to wander around this tropical paradise, with the loving attention of the director, dedicated volunteers (both local and visiting) and plenty of caring visitors. Run as a non-profit existing only through donations, the sanctuary is a great place to reconnect with nature, recharge and do some good in the process. My wife and I have volunteered on each of two recent trips to Maui. We plan on supporting this worthwhile cause from afar, as well.

Visited January 2012
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“If you love animals don't miss visiting.”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

Great place to visit! Animals are well cared for and are very friendly.
Nice to be around people who love what they do.

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