Rather than return directly to west Maui once you descend from the summit of Haleakala, it's well worth the time to head further south on Route 37 to Ulupalakua, home of the Ulupalakua Ranch and the Tedeschi Winery where you can sample some of their excellent pineapple wine.
The views of central Maui, Molokini Atol and Kahoʻolawe as you drive Route 37 are amazing, as are the wonderful views of the beautiful ranch country on either side of the highway.
Upon arrival at Ulupalakua, you can eat lunch at the Ulupalakua General Store and Deli. If you go be sure to taste the chili which is made of fresh Hawaiian beef. It is served on a bed of rice and the portions are generous.
There are lots of other great stops in Upcountry Maui including the Alii Kula Lavender Farm, the Enchanting Floral Gardens, the Kula Botanical Gardens and Surfing Goat Dairy to name just a few.
From Ulupalakua it is a long ride back to the resorts in West Maui or Kihei, but you'll be glad you made the trip.
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