On our Maui trip last year we went to a restaurant called, Sam Sato's.  Since we go to Maui every year we always try and find places where the locals eat.  Our mailman, in Tracy, was born and raised on Maui and told us about Sam Sato's.  So we went; the food was good and the prices were reasonable.  I had a hamburger and some noodles.  Pat had a salad and some noodles.

As we were eating we noticed this couple with a small child eating at a table across from us.  Pat and I looked and commented on how it reminded us of ourselves many, many moons ago.  So as we were leaving I stopped at the cashiers and paid for their meal.  Pat and I walked out and headed for the car.  Then the wife came out of the restaurant running up to us and said, "Thank you so much, that was very nice of you."

We went on to tell her that her family reminded us of ourselves years ago and we just wanted to make her day.  She introduced herself and handed us her business card.  Her name is Pomai and her grandfather owns and operates the Lavender Farm in Up Country on Maui (which happens to be next door to Oprah's house).  Pomai is the director of marketing for her grandfather's farm, which is getting very famous.

Well, when we went to Maui this year we received a personal tour of the farm by Ali'i Chang himself, Pomai's grandfather.  It was extraordinary to hear the history and see all the different lavender plants and products.  They have lavender soap, ice cream, tea, coffee, cakes and etc.  We were treated like V.I.Ps!

It was amazing what buying a family a simple meal brought in return.  If you have the oppurtunity to visit Maui, be sure to go to the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, it is so beautiful and full of Aloha!  Check our their website at, http://aliikulalavender.com/.


Tags: , , , , , , , ,