Sunday, June 30th the Ulupalakua Ranch is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Sunday Drive event. The ranch is Maui’s 2nd largest ranch and spreads over 20,000 acres from 2000 – 6000 ft elevation on the Southern side of Haleakala. It was originally founded in 1845, but has been with the current owners for 50 years now.
|view from the ranch|
Besides grass-fed cattle and elk, they also have a winery (Tedeshi winery) where you can taste and buy their wine (have you tried the pineapple wine – Maui Splash?). They offer free tours of their winery at 10am and 1pm daily (this schedule may be different on June 30th – do check).
The farm also has a wind farm (Auwahi Wind) as of late 2012. Last fall we got to see parts of the giant windmills being transported down the Piilani Hwy and through Wailea, then up a private road to the location. Yes, sadly, a private road – there is no direct public road up there from Kihei, other than the long way, past the sugar cane factory by Kahului, up through Kula and around.
My husband’s favorite feature is the Ulupalakua General Store. Between 11am and 2:30pm daily you can order an Ulupalakua burger, bbqed to perfection while you wait (they also have a small deli section). Sig loves to have a picnic under the trees next to the general store, then walk across the way to the winery for a tasting.