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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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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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 2nd – Uluaplakua Cares
Celebrating the commitment to agriculture and open space
- 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