Haleakala Ranch Company History
The story of the Haleakala Ranch spans a history of over 100 years, was
guided by some of the most prominent and colorful individuals in Hawaii
and includes the raising of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pineapple and
corn. Out of these early beginnings also emerged Haleakala Dairy and
Maui Land and Pineapple Company.
In 1888, H. P. Baldwin was present at the organizational meeting of the
present ranch as "a proposed purchaser of certain shares of stock," and
was elected treasurer. By 1890 Mr. Baldwin had purchased a portion of
the company and was elected president.
In 1899 Louis von Tempsky was hired as manager. His outstanding
knowledge of horses and cattle, along with his love for the people and
the land, enriched the company. He organized the first polo game on
Maui. His eldest daughter, Armine, wrote many books about Hawaii. Her
most famous, Born In Paradise, is the story of her youth, growing up on
By 1916, H. P. Baldwin's
eldest and youngest sons, Harry and Sam, had acquired substantially all
of the shares of the Ranch and upon the retirement of Louis von Tempsky,
Sam moved his family to Maui and became manager. Sam's son, Manduke, and
grandson, Peter, became subsequent managers and presidents of the ranch.
In 1927 the Ranch entered into a land exchange with the Territory of
Hawaii, in anticipation of the creation of Haleakala National Park. The
exchange involved over 9,500 acres, including much of Haleakala Crater.
To this day the Sam and
Harry Baldwin families maintain the ranching tradition and the heritage
of five generations. Preservation and conservation are key parts of our
vision. In 1983 the Ranch signed a perpetual conservation easement with
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to manage 5000 acres of valuable
watershed, including protected and endangered species. We continue to
partner with state, county and Federal agencies and programs to improve
and preserve the land and its resources.
Haleakala Ranch is committed to preserving and maintaining its rich
heritage and traditions for future generations.