ULUPALAKUA - Present owners of Ulupalakua Ranch have always been generous about inviting the public in for events, music and good food in support of Maui's paniolo tradition.
Now recognizing 50 years of ownership by the Erdman family, the ranch welcomes the community to its leeward Haleakala headquarters to celebrate half-a-century of Maui history.
"Ulupalakua Inspires" is set for Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring an afternoon of music, hula, historical displays, information booths and wine tastings.
Pardee Erdman (left), who purchased Ulupalakua Ranch in 1963, will lead a “looking back” talk story session at the event.
A paniolo barbecue will feature huli-huli beef and lamb.
Slack key master Jeff Peterson, an 'Ulupalakua native, will perform live with bassist Nathan Aweau.
A highlight of the event will be a "looking back" talk story session with Pardee Erdman, who purchased this visually inspiring acreage in 1963.
As part of its half-century celebration, and for the first time in its history, the ranch will open its 23-acre vineyard to an exclusive tour.
Guests who reserve places will learn about the challenges and successes of grape-growing on Haleakala, and they will taste the winery's Estate Wines paired with light appetizers.
This tour is available for purchase by going to mauiwine.com; reservations must be made in advance.