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Ulupalakua & Maui Wine

Nestled in charming Ulupalakua town, you will find Maui Wine and Ulupalakua Ranch Store.
April 28, 2017

Ulupalakua & Maui Wine

While on Maui, Ulupalakua is a must see. Nestled in charming Ulupalakua town, you’ll find Maui Wine and Ulupalakua Ranch Store. They offer the perfect combination of a complimentary wine tasting and delicious locally sourced lunch. We also highly recommend Grandma’s Coffee House in Keokea; a spot that Anthony Bourdain raved about.

One of the best parts about this trip is the awe-inspiring drive deep into the countryside. Driving on Piilani Highway, you’ll experience stunning views of beautiful landscapes. The most fascinating thing is the contrast between your immediate surroundings and looking out over dry, beachy South Maui. Some even say Ulupalakua is reminiscent of Ireland! As you can imagine, it’s very green and wet.

You’ll also have a clear view of Molokini; a partially submerged volcanic crater and Kahoolawe; the smallest island of the Hawaiian archipelago. Kahoolawe became a training ground and bombing range for the U.S. military after World War II. The practice ended in 1990 after years of protest. The island is currently off limits, but Ulupalakua is the perfect viewing spot.

The winery is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The winery offers tours to learn all about the company’s heritage, going back over 150 years to King Kalakaua – the last King of Hawaii.  You’ll also learn about the facilities and how the wine is made.

Maui Wine offers a wide selection including Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Rose, Syrah, Malbec and more. The most famous wines produced here are the pineapple wine selection. Few places in the world produce pineapple wine and in hot weather, it’s incredibly refreshing.

If you’d like to take wine home or have it shipped, please visit this page for rules and restrictions. Maui Wine also books private tours and tastings. For additional questions, call Maui Wine at (808) 878-6058.

Camping at Waianapanapa State Park

Waianapanapa is a remote area along the coastline featuring low volcanic cliffs.
April 14, 2017

Camping at Wai'anapanapa State Park

Looking for a spot to camp on your visit to Maui? Wai'anapanapa State Park is the perfect spot for you! To fully enjoy all that this remote park has to offer, camping is ideal. This will give you and your family and friends lots of time to sightsee, swim, hike, fish, and explore the beautiful landscape.

Wai'anapanapa is a remote area along the coastline featuring low volcanic cliffs. On the road to Hana, it is closest to mile marker 32, approximately two hours and 30 minutes from Lahaina Town.

The park is complete with tide pools, freshwater caves, lava tubes, blowholes, heiau (religious temples) and an ancient hiking trail that leads to Hana. The trail is called “Ke Ala Loa O Maui” or the “Piilani Trail.” It’s a moderate three-mile round-trip hike with spectacular views of the Hana Coastline.

You may have heard friends refer the famous black sandy beach on Maui. It can be found at Wai'anapanapa State Park. Volcanic-sandy beaches are extremely rare and here you’ll have the chance to experience one. The black sand creates an amazing contrast with the breaking white wash so be sure to pack a camera to capture the moment.

According to Hawaiian folklore, the tide pools here turn red a few times throughout the year with the blood of Princess Popoaleae, who was murdered by her husband. Scientists attribute the red tide pools to the arrival of shrimp.

Cabins in the park are available for rental with a two-night minimum. They are $90 USD for non-residents and $60 USD for Hawaii residents. If you would prefer to pack a tent or drive a camper van, rates vary from $18-$30 for non-residents and $12-$20 for residents. To make a reservation visit the permit website.

Construction on the walkway along the coastline began in September 2016 and some portions of the walkway may be disrupted. 

Hawaiian Style Happy Hour

Find some of the best happy hours on the island at these locations.
March 31, 2017

Hawaiian Style Happy Hour

Looking for a place to have happy hour on Maui? Near Jo Dorner’s properties, there are many options within minutes on the West Side of the island. We also love to visit the South Side for a beach day and happy hour. Here, we will give you some ideas for both.

In Kapalua, Sansei undoubtedly delivers Maui’s best sushi. Happy hour is from 5:15 – 6:00p.m. and includes 25% off sushi and appetizers. On Thursdays and Fridays between 10:00p.m. to 1:00a.m., Sansei goes one step further and offers 50% off. Some of our favorite starters include the Ocean Salad, Sunomono, Lobster & Blue Crab Ravioli and Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Carpaccio. As for Sushi, Sansei has everything you could imagine plus unique specialty rolls.

Sea House, also located in Kapalua, is oceanfront and includes a patio where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful breezy weather. Appetizers are 50% off between 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. The location is also ideal for whale watching. Specialty drinks include everything from beers, wines, Mai Tais, Lava Flows, Pina Coladas and more! Sea House has many options for Pupus including for those with a gluten allergy. Our favorites are the Kalua Pork Tacos, seared ahi and coconut shrimp. Each plate is $8 or less!

Heading South for the day? The best place to refresh and replenish after a day in the sun is at a tropical happy hour! One of our favorites is Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman. Monkeypod offers two happy hours everyday from 3 – 5:30 p.m. and 9 – 11 p.m. This popular restaurant can get very crowded for dinner service so we think the ideal time to load up on delicious food and drinks is during happy hour. Food includes $9 pizzas and 50% off appetizers (some exceptions may apply.) For drinks, try a draft beer, house wine or Ocean Vodka cocktail. Cheers!

Blogs for April 2017

Ulupalakua & Maui Wine

Posted on April 28, 2017
Ulupalakua & Maui Wine

While on Maui, Ulupalakua is a must see. Nestled in charming Ulupalakua town, you’ll find Maui Wine and Ulupalakua Ranch Store. They offer the perfect combination of a complimentary wine tasting and delicious locally sourced lunch. We also highly recommend Grandma’s Coffee House in Keokea; a… Continue Reading

Camping at Waianapanapa State Park

Posted on April 14, 2017
Camping at Wai'anapanapa State Park

Looking for a spot to camp on your visit to Maui? Wai'anapanapa State Park is the perfect spot for you! To fully enjoy all that this remote park has to offer, camping is ideal. This will give you and your family and friends lots… Continue Reading

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