Maui’s favorite Tedeschi Winery and ranch store will host “Ulupalakua Cares” from 11 am – 4 pm this Sunday, September 4th. This unique event takes advantage of one of the island’s most beautiful settings to stage jazz concerts performed by local musicans to the public at no charge.
Ulupalakua, a Maui town I never get tired of saying, is set in cool upcountry Maui with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui’s sister islands. The drive to Ulupalakua can be just as rewarding at the free concert! After reaching the town of Keokea, you will find yourself on a peaceful two lane road with green rolling pastures on either side of the shoulder until you hit Tedeschi Winery on your left. The huge, working ranch features a variety of imported trees – many over 100 years old. Visitors can enjoy browsing the rustic ranch store which has served Maui’s paniolo (cowboys) for decades. The site also offers wine tasting at Tedeschi Winery and shaded walking pathways with beautiful views of the Maui valley below. The winery even has a little educational museum room that teaches visitors about the history of the land and how ancient Hawaiian kings used to vacation where this winery now sits.
On September 4th, sit under the huge shade trees and listen to jazz musicians from 11:30 – 3:30. Take a complimentary winery tour to see how Maui’s wines and champagnes are created. Taste a special wine release, the 2009 Plantation Red Maui County Syrah, available for tasting at this special event. Only 300 cases were produced that year. Tourists often get a kick on of the white wines that are made from fomenting pineapple juice. Across the street at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store you can try famous Elk Burgers, Steak Chili, two different dishes made from Ulupalakua Lamb, and much more. Booths by local conservationists will be available with valuable information. And unlike events on the mainland, parking is free and easy to find.
Often times after the concert concludes at the winery, people will wander across the street to the Ranch Store where a local guitar player will start jamming on the porch. The party extends for at least another hour and a half for those who don’t want to leave at 3:30. For those interested in driving to the event on the 4th, keep in mind that it is about 45 minutes from Kahului. Bring a blanket to sit on!
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