Auwahi Wind Farm to be presented at Ulupalakua Cares Ranch event in September

A Maui wind project which is to be completed in 2012 will be showcased at the upcoming Ulupalakua Cares event on Maui. The project will be constructed on the Ulupalakua Ranch lands. Auwahai Wind Farm organizers will present on Sunday, September 4, 2011, from 1:30pm to 2pm at Ulupalakua Ranch.

Who else will be at the event?

  • Ulupalakua Ranch
  • Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership
  • Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
  • Natural Area Reserves System
  • Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Friends of D.T. Fleming Arboretum
  • Maui Invasive Species Committee
  • Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission
  • Native Hawaiian Plant Society
  • Friends of Haleakala National Park.
The Ulupalakua Cares event will showcase the ranch’s history and culture. Overall, the goal of the event is to encourage preservation of resources, natural species and Hawaiian landscapes. Ulupalakua Ranch president Sumner Erdman recently explained more about the event’s background:
“Ulupalakua Cares gives us an opportunity to share [our] work with the community… in helping ensure the future health of the environment”

From the Ulupalakua Cares press release:

Maui’s Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch Store invite the public to come Upcountry forUlupalakua Cares, on Sunday, September 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ulupalakua hosts quarterly Sunday Drive events to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area.  The Fall Ulupalakua Cares event celebrates a commitment to agriculture and open space in the community. Each event features live music on the grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at Ulupalakua Ranch Store, free wine tasting and tours, and opportunities to learn more about the area’s history and culture. Highlights of this free, community event include live music by local musicians, a walking tour of Ulupalakua’s historic trees, and an talk about wind energy on Maui. There will also be informational exhibits by local conservation groups, free wine tasting, and food available for purchase. The music lineup begins with Uncle Benny Uyetake playing jazz ‘ukulele on the lanai of the Ulupalakua Ranch Store at 11:30 a.m. Then at noon, Hana’s own CJ Helekahi will perform on the winery grounds, sharing his lifelong love of Hawaiian music. Later in the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. David Kamakahi and Herb Ohta Jr.—both sons of famous musicians–will perform.  Kamakahi won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best contemporary album in 2005 for his solo debut Pa’ani, and is known for his versatility with the ‘ukulele. Ohta is also a Hoku award winner for his instrumental album Ukulele Nahenahe. The event also features a walking tour beneath the shady canopies of 150-year-old trees.  Renowned arborist and professor Ernest H. Rezents will lead visitors on the Magnificent Tree Tour, beginning at 11 a.m. The event will also share some new lunch specials from Ulupalakua Ranch Store Deli & Grill. New chef Eric Sakai, will offer two dishes featuring Ulupalakua Lamb: a Roasted Lamb Sandwich with Waipoli Greens, Black Olives and Aioli on a French Roll, and Lamb Slow-cooked in Ulupalakua Red Wine with Root Vegetables and Rice.  The Grill will also offer Chef Sakai’s take on the Ranch’s famous Beef and Elk Burgers, along with Ulupalakua Steak Chili and Chow Fun. Maui’s Winery also offers free wine tasting in the historic King’s Cottage Tasting Room. For this Sunday Drive event only, visitors may sample the 2009 Plantation Red Maui County Syrah—a limited estate wine made from Syrah and Carnelian grapes handpicked on the slopes of Haleakala.  Only 300 cases were produced.

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