Popular Maui visitor attraction closes .... with dim hopes for reopening

Popular Maui visitor attraction closes .... with dim hopes for reopening

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu Valley announced Tuesday that it has closed indefinitely.

The popular visitor attraction spans over 1,800 acres. It temporarily shut down in mid-March before reopening two weeks ago.

A statement released by the plantation says the closure also includes the popular Mill House Restaurant.

Maui County officials say the closure could affect other businesses in the area.

“There’s definitely going to be some economic impact to the Mill House specifically because it’s on property, as well as, the other businesses that service to Maui Tropical Plantation and the employees themselves,” said Maui County Managing Director Sandy Baz.

One of the businesses - Kumu Farms - says it will continue to grow produce on the property.

Its market will remain open and the farm will still offer prepared produce boxes as well as wholesale purchases for stores and restaurants.

While the future for the plantation is uncertain, Baz says there is still a chance that it could reopen.

“It’s not completely indefinite, but they do hope to reopen in the near future.”

The business says it is now preparing for the Plantation Store’s final summer sale.

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