Each year, MauiWine highlights a local artist through their ‘Artist Series’ of limited edition bottles. The first artist ever selected for this honor was my father, Philip Sabado, and for 2021, I had the honor of creating two original illustrations for the winery.
My favorite time of year in Ulupalakua is when the Jacaranda trees are blooming and contrasting over the hillside. Both prints were inspired by a recent drive through Ulupalakua and illustrate the mauka to makai connection present in much of my art.
The ‘Hillside’ print depicts the movement of the rolling hills and the wispy clouds that seem to linger momentarily before passing on over the ocean. Endemic Nohoanu flowers, which can only be found in Haleakalā, are made to look light and airy like the clouds that sweep the mountain.
The contrasting ‘Oceanside’ print features an unforgettable view of the ʻAlalākeiki channel moving past Makena at sunset looking toward West Maui.
Hillside and Oceanside sparkling wines are currently available at MauiWine in Ulupalakua. Both will be available for online order in early December. Shop the sparkling wine at https://mauiwine.com/