A JOURNEY TO ULUPALAKUA
On April 25, 1843, Captain James Makee set sail from L?hain?, Maui, on the American sperm whale ship Maine. In the early hours of the journey Makee sustained serious injuries and the ship had to make dock in Honolulu the very next day to tend to his wounds. After healing, Makee decided to retire as a whaling captain, and he thus settled into life in Hawaii. His wife Catherine and their eight children joined him later from Boston; it was a 122-day voyage. Makee had already set his sites on a piece of land in Ulupalakua and when the opportunity came he bought the land and built "the most extensive estate on the islands." He named it Rose Ranch in honor of his wife Catherine's favorite flower, the cottage rose. In Hawaiian, this flower is called Lokelani (heavenly rose) and is now the official flower of Maui.