Ulupalakua Vineyards is hosting its first Upcountry Lighting of the Tree Ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 7, at the winery grounds. The tree lighting ceremony was designed to honor Ulupalakua’s 150 years of commitment to Maui’s land and forestation efforts, including the replanting that is following tropical storm Iselle’s destruction earlier this year. In the spirit of giving back, families also are asked to bring canned and non-perishable foods that will be donated to The Maui Food Bank.
The Vineyards will place empty present boxes to be filled with food donations under a 30-foot Norfolk Pine that was planted on the ranch in 1986. The tree, which will be brought to the winery grounds for the celebration, will be decorated with thousands of colored lights, ornamented with a three-foot star topper, and lit ceremoniously for the first time at the inaugural event. There will be a sparkling wine toast on the King’s Cottage porch for the lighting ceremony.
Additional events at the lighting include caroling, holiday crafts for the keiki, treats and an outdoor movie – Polar Express. Christmas Caroling will be led by Maui Choral Arts. Keiki crafts and activities will include writing letters to Santa and decorating ornaments.
Ulupalakua Ranch Grill will be offering warm holiday beverages and traditional treats and food. Please bring lawn chairs and a warm coat to watch the movie on a large outdoor projection screen immediately following the lighting.
The Tasting Room will be open and will have available a wide variety of locally made products and wine related logo items for holiday gift shopping. Special discounted pricing will be available that evening.
For more information email Joe Hegele at email@example.com or call 808-878-1266.
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