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While waking up at 3 in the morning may not seem like part of an ideal day, it is if I am planning to see the sunrise at the summit of Haleakala. The stunning hues are the reward, as are the silhouettes of the Hawai‘i Island volcanoes of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai, as well as the islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. Be sure to bring a jacket.
The drive to Maui’s Winery at
Ulupalakua is winding and scenic. Located 1,800 feet above sea level on the slopes of Haleakala, the volcanic soils provide a rich environment for grapes to flourish, including varieties like Syrah, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Daily tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., each ending in the tasting room.
Dining options abound on Maui. But one of my favorite places has to be MiGRANT at the Wailea Beach Marriott. Former “Top Chef” contestant Sheldon Simeon has been making a culinary statement, bringing his Filipino heritage into play. One of my favorite dishes is the fat chow funn, tossed with bits of roast pork, and pipinola shoots.