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50th Anniversary of Maui’s Ulupalakua Ranch

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.

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Tour Ocean Vodka’s Distillery!

Did you know we have a vodka distillery on Maui? Did you know that it is organic and self-sustaining?

Ocean Vodka is celebrating their new facility’s Grand Opening on April 27th between 10am-4pm. Then starting April 29th they will be offering five tours a day, seven days a week. Tours will include the distillery, martini garden and gift shop. Unfortunately there will be no sampling, as Maui County doesn’t allow it (wineries yes, distilleries no).

Tours are $10/person or $25 including lunch. Children 11 years old or younger get in free.

Ocean Vodka’s distillery is located at 4051 Omoapio Road in Kula (just below the Surfing Goat Dairy).

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Local coffee…. Piliani Kope Farm!

owners Greg & Susy, and their House Blend City Roast coffee

I love finding and trying new to me local coffee.
Last week I picked up a bag of Piliani Kope Farm’s House Blend City Roast coffee. It’s a medium roast coffee, a combination of Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai and Heirloom Kanaka Kope beans. It is really good.

Piliani Kope Farm is located at 15 Wailau Place southeast of Lahaina. Their store is open from 9am-2pm or buy online.

They also offer tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays or by special appointment. Call them to schedule a tour 808-661-5479.

Tour 1: 3 hours
– seed to cup experience
– harvest season specialty tour
– tour a working farm from picking to processing
– coffee education
– talk story lunch
– roasting & packaging for take away

Tour 2: 90 minutes
– walk & talk the farm with coffee education
– roasting and tasting

tour 3: 60 minutes
– in house barn
– clipping experience
– roasting & tasting flavor profiles

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Maui’s very own Ocean Vodka

Did you know that Ocean Vodka is building a new distillery upcountry (Kula)? Starting April they will be offering three tours a day, Monday through Saturday! Reservations required – (808) 877-0009.

Ocean Vodka is made from 100% certified organic sugar cane and desalinated deep ocean mineral water. Interesting…

nice view over the building (look at all the solar panels)

Our neighbors took a drive up there yesterday afternoon, though at this time there isn’t much to see yet besides the gorgeous bi-coastal views. It’s close to the Surfing Goat Dairy.

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