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ʻUlupalakua Ranch/USA

Introducing ʻUlupalakua Ranch

This sprawling 20,000-acre ranch was established in the mid-19th century by James Makee, a whaling captain who jumped ship and befriended Hawaiian royalty. King David Kalakaua, the ‘Merrie Monarch,’ became a frequent visitor who loved to indulge in late-night rounds of poker and champagne. The ranch is still worked by paniolo, Hawaiian cowboys who have been herding cattle here for generations. Some 6000 head of cattle, as well as a small herd of Rocky Mountain elk, dot the hillside pastures.

The ranch is active on environmental fronts. It’s staged to host Upcountry’s first wind farm and is restoring a rare native dryland forest on the upper slopes of ranch property.

Today most people come to visit Tedeschi Vineyards, which is on ʻUlupalakua Ranch land 5.5 miles south of Keokea. Hwy 37 winds south through ranch country, offering good views of Kahoʻolawe and the little island of Molokini.

After the vineyard, it’s another 25 dusty, bumpy miles to Kipahulu along the remote Piʻilani Hwy.