Co-Owner and Chef at Restaurants I’O and Pacific’O,
located right next to each other on the beach in Lahaina,
Chef James McDonald, has started a revolution with his “Feast
What distinguishes Chef James McDonald is his restaurant’s
direct connection with the upcountry Maui, organic farm
known as O’O. We were so fortunate to have James take
us on an awe-inspiring tour of his O’O farm, tooling
around the ultra-fertile soil with all of the varieties
of lettuce, herbs, veggies on the vine and even citrus trees
The O’O Organic Farm in Upcountry Maui is a magical
place, sprawling, lush fields that burst with organic goodies
just reaching up toward the Hawaiian sun! What makes this
property all the more breathtaking is the fact that it sits
on large plateau, overlooking all of Maui below! You can
see the crystal blue Pacific on all sides, the ocean waves
in a long white line crashing far in the distance, and the
mountains and valleys in between!
Culminating our journey around the O’O Farm, James
gathers a mouth-watering variety of fresh from the farm
greens- to make a beautiful Salad just for us! To top it
off, James brought his own special passion fruit dressing,
with its soft, yet citrus feeling in the mouth, it really
brings out all the flavors of the fresh lettuces there!
Most importantly is that he shows us how to gently treat
each piece of lettuce, being careful not to bruise or damage
the leaves- as this is the best way to enjoy it! You really
can’t have a fresher salad than this!
Later that same day, just prior to the mystical Maui sunset,
we made our way to the Surfing Goat Dairy to visit with
Thomas and Eva-Maria Kafsack who take great pride in being
Maui's best and only goat dairy.
The Surfing Goat Dairy has been providing quality goat dairy
products for Maui and beyond for over 3 years. Hosting culinary
tours of their lush pastures, teaching people about the
health benefits of goat cheese, and showing us how their
goats really do love to hop up on a surf board! Something
you have to kind-of see to believe.
The goat cheese from the Surfing Goat Dairy is hands down
some of the finest goat cheese in the world! They have gourmet
flavors and blends, varied textures and it’s all coming
from such a beautiful place!
They utilize their experience coming from Germany, influenced
by their keen sense of European quality and aesthetic flavors,
to create a line of goat cheese products that make you feel
like you’re standing one foot in Maui and the other
in the heart of Europe…a truly incredible blend to
The best part of the Surfing Goat Dairy is the calm nature
of their farm there, set against the backdrop of the soft,
rolling hills in Maui, there’s a real sense of old-world
relaxation and simplicity they convey- running only by the
clock and commute of goats coming and going!