Maui: Say Cheese

Islands
by Lori Barbely

The goat cheese at Merriman’s Kapalua restaurant on Maui (served crumbled over salads and melted with blackened beef strips) is so good, you may want more than just a taste — you may crave a full tutorial. If that’s the case, stop by the Surfing Goat Dairy, a 42-acre farm nestled on the slopes of Maui’s Haleakala crater that serves gourmet goat cheese to some of Maui’s finest restaurants and retail outlets. During daily tours, see milking machines in action and visit with goats hanging ten in quirky, surfboard-decorated pens. For an even richer experience, sign up for the grand tour offered every other Saturday, on which you can try your hand at milking a goat and learn goat-dairy secrets from a bona fide “cheese master.” Taste the fruits of your labor when you sample no less than 20 varieties of goat cheese, not to mention an Oh My … Goat Cheese Truffle. Your next goat-cheese-infused entree will taste better than ever, especially when you remember the Surfing Goat Dairy slogan: “Da’ Feta Mo’ Betta.”