During a recent trip to Maui for a wedding, I thought it would be a good opportunity to seek out a local farm sanctuary to visit. When possible, I would love to donate to sanctuaries I have personally visited. Leilani Farm Sanctuary sits on a beautiful, eight-acre farm in Haiku, HI. I mean, just look at this entrance!
Leilani Farm Sanctuary is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides shelter and care to rescued animals. The sanctuary is home to a variety of animals including donkeys, goats, cats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and deer. Most of their animals were once abused, neglected or orphaned because of hunters.
Not only is Leilani a home for animals but they also want to educate the public as much as possible. They want people to understand animals are living, breathing beings that deserve love, protection and a right to live their lives happily and peacefully. They offer guided tours (like the one I joined), school field trips, they host at-risk youth programs and special needs children as well as activities for the elderly. They want the community to have a hands-on experience in order for them to make meaningful connections with the animals.
They also have a pretty cute welcoming committee...
And one of the turkeys, Matthew, got in on the welcoming action, playing peek-a-boo with us...
Matthew was one of the fortunate turkeys saved from a slaughter before Thanksgiving.
One of the first residents we were introduced to was Kea. She escaped from a pig farm as a newborn as was saved by a neighbor who brought her to the sanctuary.
She's a big fan of the fresh star fruit that is abundant on the property!
Another resident piggy is George. This poor guy was fed an absurd amount of restaurant garbage which caused him to become obese and lose his eyesight. But thankfully he gets nothing but healthy eats now and even has some cute dinner guests stop by!
If I recall correctly, the founder of the sanctuary, Laurelee Blanchard, had originally built this house for herself to live in but she has since moved and now the resident cats live there. If you squint you can see some lounging on the porch.
I loved seeing cute, little signs like these while walking around the property.
This beautiful goat is Nancy. Unfortunately, her mother was killed by a hunter and her twin brother was killed by hunting dogs. She is luckily surrounded by nothing but love at the sanctuary. She was following our tour group around the property which was adorable.
Another resident goat is Johnny. He is the eldest goat at the sanctuary. He was born on a ranch with other goats that would be sold for slaughter. His mother fell ill and was unable to nurse him so the rancher decided to bottle feed him. After making a connection with him, the rancher could not bring herself to sell Johnny and ended up bringing him to Leilani Farm Sanctuary. After visiting Johnny at the sanctuary and learning about the other animals there, she decided to no longer sell her goats.
He looked so peaceful just sitting there in the sunshine, gazing off into the distance before trekking back up the hill...
More picturesque views...
These adorable donkey friends are Jenny and Lehua. Jenny was living on a farm with a horse but when that horse passed away, she became depressed and was brought to the sanctuary where she then bonded with Lehua. Before coming to the sanctuary, Lehua was living under a crawl space of a house with no access to the outside world. Fortunately, they now both have plenty of sunshine and love.
Dorothy was previously a dairy cow. Once she reached a certain age, she was going to be sent to slaughter. Fortunately, a worker on the ranch intervened and arranged for the sanctuary to rescue her.
One of the last residents we were introduced to was this beautiful deer, Veronica. She was orphaned when her mother was killed by hunters. Thankfully she's now safe and well loved.
Post tour photo, melting from the heat but it was well worth it! I cannot wait to return back here some day!
10% of sales from January-March will be donated to Leilani Farm Sanctuary. Take a peek in the shop to see what we have!
To learn more about their sanctuary or donate directly, you can visit their website.