Like a Warm Hug on a Rainy Morning: Trying Ali‘i Kula Lavender’s Ready-to-Bake Scones and Liliko‘i Jelly at Home

Can’t get to Maui? Order culinary goodies (and other swag) made from lavender plants at the almost 20-year-old farm.


I’ve only been to Ali‘i Kula Lavender on Maui once, two years ago, the first stop of an adventure-packed day that also included MauiWine, Surfing Goat Dairy and sunset at Haleakalā. We weren’t there for long, but the moody weather, softly fragrant air and a million photo opportunities made it stand out as one of those places I wish I could visit every month. That’s not feasible for Honolulu-based me. I just follow the farm on Instagram instead—and that’s how they got me.


Alii Kula Lavender Farm

Some of the tens of thousands of lavender plants at Ali‘i Kula Lavender on Maui in 2019. Photo: Katrina Valcourt


Mindlessly scrolling one night, I saw a post for lavender scone mix, sold by the pound through AKL’s online store. For $13, you get enough mix for six scones, and all you need to add is water. I ordered a bag, plus a $10 jar of lavender liliko‘i jelly and a $15 lavender lychee sugar body polish that is frankly hard to resist licking. Shipping was a flat $9 to O‘ahu, which is why I added the jelly and sugar scrub to make it worth the price. Plus, when you sign up for the newsletter you get 15% off your first order, bringing my total to $42.82.


Lavender Scone Mix Jelly

It only takes about 15 minutes to go from this to breakfast. Photo: Katrina Valcourt


My package arrived about a week later. The scones are so easy to pull together quickly that I baked them for breakfast before work one day. The instructions say to mix in 5½ ounces of water (or buttermilk, suggests the AKL website), form a ball, flatten into a 1-inch round and cut into six pieces. That seemed like they’d be too large so I went for eight instead.


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Lavender Scone Dough

Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes. Photo: Katrina Valcourt


The baking scones perfumed the kitchen like a warm, calming hug on a rainy morning—a moment of relaxation before another crazy week. It’s one of my favorite qualities of lavender and the reason I usually apply lavender hand lotion or a lavender face mask before bed. But when it comes to ingesting it, lavender is a tricky ingredient that is often so subtle it’s undetectable or completely overpowering, like you’re sucking on a bar of soap.


Lavender Scones Baked

Photo: Katrina Valcourt


I took the scones out of the 425-degree oven after about 12 minutes, slightly underdone because I didn’t want them too dry. They tasted just like they smelled, comforting and light. I slathered one with the lavender liliko‘i jelly and found it to be the perfect accompaniment, enhancing the delicate lavender flavor and adding a bit of sweetness that wasn’t too tart. Even my coffee tasted better after a bite of scone, everything suddenly bright and fruity. I went back for a second one while they were still warm, then regretted eating so much. Six scones that were just a little larger probably would’ve been the perfect size, after all.


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Lavender Scone With Jelly

Photo: Katrina Valcourt


The scone mix and jelly are made by Maui Upcountry Jams & Jellies exclusively for the almost 20-year-old farm, which grows thousands of lavender plants year-round. Other products for sale in the online shop include organic Kula Calm tea with spearmint, chamomile, lavender and lemongrass; lavender shortbread cookies; lavender strawberry pepper jam; lavender honey and more. See all the culinary items here. AKL is open for visits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and its online shop is open 24 hours a day.


Ali‘i Kula Lavender, 1100 Waipoli Road, Kula, (808) 878-3004,, @aklmaui