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‘Ulupalakua Remembers

Celebrate the rich heritage of this historic ranchland.

March 25, 2010
Maui Weekly

The event will bring alive the rich heritage of the area, featuring the Paniolo Hall of Fame, a traveling exhibit on loan from the O‘ahu Cattlemen’s Association. The exhibit—consisting of photo portraits, short biographies and oral history interviews—recognizes 106 paniolo from around the islands who have contributed to Hawai‘i’s legendary paniolo history.

The slopes of Haleakalā have a lush agricultural past, beginning when they were first planted with sweet potatoes and dry-land taro by the early Hawaiians. Modern agriculture began in 1845 on what is now ‘Ulupalakua Ranch lands, when Linton Torbert began farming potatoes and corn to ship to California during the gold rush.

Under direction from King Kamehameha III, Torbert later planted the first sugarcane. For three decades after that, James Makee, a former whaling captain, farmed sugarcane and other crops and raised his family on what he called Rose Ranch after his wife’s favorite flower.

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Maui’s Winery and ‘Ulupalakua Ranch Store invite the public to drive Upcountry for “‘Ulupalakua Remembers” on Sunday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ‘Ulupalakua hosts quarterly Sunday Drive events to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area.

Memories of those historic times will be rekindled during “‘Ulupalakua Remembers” with rarely seen photo and DVD exhibits, a narrated historical walking tour, and access to the old jail, which will be open to the public just for the day.

Debbie von Tempsky, whose grandparents, Robert “Boy” and Mary Schrader von Tempsky, grew up in ‘Ulupalakua in the early 1900s, and other longtime area residents will share stories of life in times gone by.

Live entertainment produced by Jazz Alley TV and MauiFEST Hawai‘i will fill the beautiful grounds of the winery and ranch store throughout the day. The music starts at noon with the North Shore ‘Ukulele Boyz , and continues with ‘ukulele virtuoso Derick Sebastian from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the winery grounds. Slack key master and paniolo Bradda Francis Koahou will perform from 12 to 3 p.m. at the ‘Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill. Grammy Award-winning slack key master John Keawe from the Island of Hawai‘i will be joined by his lovely wife Hope dancing hula from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m. on the winery grounds.

A tempting array of picnic fare is also available from ‘Ulupalakua Ranch Store Deli & Grill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Maui Cattle Company and ‘Ulupalakua Elk Burgers, the ranch’s famous ‘Ulupalakua Steak Chili and other lunch specials. Formed in 2002, Maui Cattle Co. features 100 percent natural, premium Angus beef raised on Maui.

Free wine tasting is offered throughout the day in the King’s Cottage Tasting Room, with tours of Maui’s Winery beginning at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.



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