Day 49 – Tedeschi Winery, Ulupalakua Ranch, Maui Hawaii

Due to a glitch with our Wifi, there has been a five-day delay in posting last week’s blog; the cable company showed up today, so here I am back online sharing, with any willing readers, about our recent outing.

It was a lovely, mellow day.


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The last time I was at the Tedeschi Winery, this was the tasting room.

The last time I was at the Tedeschi Winery, this was the tasting room.

Steven and I headed up to Ulupalakua and the Tedeschi Winery; located on the southern slope of Haleakala Crater, where our friend, artist Tim Garcia has been giving new life to the remains of a group of trees, known as the Hula Circle that reside in front of the wineries tasting room.

This past winter a storm passed through the area, transforming the majestic circle of trees and giving birth to their new incarnation.

Tim-Manu+frd

Apparently, by a matter of just minutes, we missed an impromptu blessing of the land and project, preformed by Manu Lono, one of the original dancers at the Merrie Monarch Festival (named in honor of the Merrie Monarch, King Kalakaua).

Manu Lono and her friend had flown over from Oahu, along with singer/musician Gary Kalei Medeiros, from Seattle, to tour around the islands power spots. Would love to have been their to witness the blessing, but was moved by Tim’s words of awe and delight over his experience.

Wray with Tim Garcia & Gary Kalei Medeiros

Wray with Tim Garcia & Gary Kalei Medeiros

Tim has been dedicating his time and passion in carving the remains of the fallen trees into sculptures, which are intended to represent their majestic past.

At one time, King Kalakaua would sit on the porch of what is now the Tedeschi Winery tasting room, and watch hula dancers perform within the circle of trees.

 

Photo includes sculptures of 2 of 3 dancers, 1 of 3 kahili staffs, 1of 3 Guardian's

Photo includes sculptures of 2 of 3 dancers, 1 of 3 kahili staffs, 1of 3 Guardian’s

 

The sculptures which Tim is working on consist of three obelisk that represent the kahili (kah-HEE-lee) feather staffs of the Hawaiian royalty; three that represent the Guardians of the court; three that represent the Hula Dancers; one which is still in process that represents the male dancer, and the one he is working on in the video, which represents infinity.

 

If you stop by the winery, take a moment to feel the power within the forms, and what they represent of Hawaii’s past and present.

On the right of the photo you can see a picture of King Kalakaua

On the right of the photo you can see a picture of King Kalakaua

 

The winery is not only a place to sample our local wines, but a spot to absorb some of Maui’s history.

Off of the tasting room is a beautiful space dedicated to sharing the legacy of the land and its peoples.

 

 

Located across the road from the wineries tasting room, there is the Ranch Store & Grill, where you can enjoy lunch…though they didn’t appear to be vegetarian friendly, but then being that the winery is located on the Ulupalakua cattle ranch, that isn’t terribly surprising.

Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill

Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill

 

Ulupalakula has a magic all its own, and is well worth the drive. If you head up that way early in the day you can always stop at Grandma’s Coffee House, and take a walk on Thompson Road before driving to the winery. (For more on Thompson Road check out DAY 6 of my blog.)

 

 

One of KULA COUNTRY FARMS gardens - in the background you can see how dry how dry it is upcountry. Where Haiku has had non-stop rain, Kula has had none.

One of KULA COUNTRY FARMS gardens – in the background you can see how dry how dry it is upcountry. Where Haiku has had non-stop rain, Kula has had none.

 

On the way home we stopped at Kula Country Farms, across from Rice Park on Kula Hwy, where you can pick up some great locally grown veggies.

 

Next week we’re off to Hana’s Red Sand Beach

 

 

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NOTE:

If you are on island September 2nd 2012, the Ulupalakua Ranch will he holding the Ulupalakua Cares celebration, which is a great time to enjoy the transformation of the Hula circle, along with music and more…

Sunday Drive September 2ndUluaplakua Cares

Celebrating the commitment to agriculture and open space

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Jeff Peterson and Cyril Pahinui perform on the Winery Grounds
  • Joel Katz at the Ranch Store

INFORMATION BOOTHS ~ by organizations that partner with Ulupalakua Ranch

  • Local Conservation Groups
  • Haliimaile Pineapple Company
  • HC&S Auwahi Wind Energy

Day 6 of Writer Take Five ~ Kula, Thompson Road

Here we are, day six of week six, still working at learning how to have fun :).

View of Kihei from Thompson Road. You can see the island of Lana'i in the distance.

View of Kihei from Thompson Road. You can see the island of Lana’i in the distance

We were feeling quieter and more contemplative this week (with a desire to have our heads in the clouds), so Steven and I opted to walk Thompson Road. Rolling along the leeward slopes of Haleakala at an elevation of approximate 3,000 feet, the 3 2/3 mile round trip walk has a long steep hill at the end that rewards you with magnificent views of the island. Well, actually the entire walk has magnificent views of Kihei, Ma’alaea, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe and Molokini.

As for the video, well it’s obvious that even novice video blogging workaholics have outtakes. (Steven insisted that I include them.) And I do want to correct myself; I stated on the video that we were going to hike Thompson Road. But it’s not actually a hike. It’s more of a peaceful trek along a narrow, paved road that starts diagonally across from Grandma’s Coffee House. If you end up at the Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch, you blinked and missed the Coffee House and Thompson Road.

For those of you that have never been to Maui, driving up to Kula makes you realize what a diverse microcosm of climate and landscapes this island has; from Kihei, which is dry and dusty, and the town is steadily sprawling out along the clear blue coastal water; to the tropical rain showers and lush foliage in Haiku; to Kula, where you could swear you were in the mountains somewhere on the mainland, but the eye-popping views remind you that you’re on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The top of Haleakala is still another 7,000 feet up; I’m planning a full moon hike through the crater sometime during my year of learning how to have fun.

KulaThompRdI have to admit that trekking along Thompson Road made me rethink why I like living in Haiku. (Though even with mosquitoes, centipedes and flying cockroaches I’m not ready to move.)

Hope you have a great day!

 

When you get a chance to take five, here’s something to hum.
A few of the verses from the Beatles song, All You Need Is Love, by Lennon/McCartney

Love, love, love.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy.
All you need is love, love.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,