by Gudrun Enger, Kitchen Gadget Girl
One of our fun adventures in Maui, Hawaii, was a visit to the Surfing Goat Dairy, high up in the Upcountry of the island. In a place where pineapples reign supreme, it seemed incongruous to find a working dairy and cheese making operation.
The farm was started by two ex-pats from Germany, Thomas and Eva Kafsack, and the dairy is clearly an operation of joy and happiness. Around the farm they share the story of how they came to start the business, as well as detailed information about the goats.
Visitors are welcome to come and tour the property at specific times, or even help with evening chores. Casual tours are offered daily and no reservations are needed. Evening chores and hands-on milking tours are available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3:15pm. Casual tours are $7 per person; Evening chores tours are $12 per person. Check the website for information about special events.
In addition to soft goat cheeses, Surfing Goat Dairy also sells aged goat cheeses, gift baskets and goat milk’s soap. If you don’t find yourself in the area anytime soon, all these items can be ordered online.
This is a great activity for kids – mine loved visiting with the baby goats and were fascinated by the milking machines. Charlie, the pot bellied pig, is another attraction for the family.
Plan your visit:
Surfing Goat Dairy
3651 Omaopio Road
Kula, Hawaii 96790
Hours of operation: