The sprawling 18,000-acre ʻUlupalakua Ranch, which anchors this green landscape, is home to 2300 brood cattle, as well as a small herd of Rocky Mountain elk, which dot the hillside pastures. The ranch is still worked by paniolo, Hawaii cowboys who have been here for generations. Today, most people stop by to visit the bustling winery, which sits on ʻUlupalakua Ranch land, about 6 miles beyond Keokea.
Hwy 37 winds south through ranch country, offering good views of Kahoʻolawe and the little island of Molokini. With a stop at the winery, the drive to ʻUlupalakua is a nice half-day excursion from Central Maui and Paʻia. After the vineyard, it’s another 25 dusty, bumpy miles to Kipahulu along the remote Piʻilani Hwy.