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Ulupalakua Ranch to celebrate a half-century of Erdman leadership

By Staff | Jun 27, 2013

Pardee Erdman (left), who purchased Ulupalakua Ranch in 1963, will lead a “looking back” talk story session at the event.

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.

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.

Cattle have always defined the ranch, but the Erdmans have experimented constantly with ways to keep old-style ranching viable into the new century. This has meant introducing elk, sheep and goats at various times into the mix, also augmenting horse-based ranching with ATVs and even helicopters. At the same time, ranch cowboys invested in the training and use of skilled dogs, which provide tireless service in herding and protection.

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.