There is a side of Maui that is often unseen by most who visit the Hawaiian Islands, and it is a sun-kissed equestrian paradise. The Rice family home, hidden away down a serene long drive (preserved for horse-friendly traffic) in the elevated terrain of Kula, inspires reveries of unhurried summer days, fresh mango tea and peaceful cool evenings. A bevy of horses adds to the natural tranquility of this special place. The fifth generation of one of Hawaii's oldest missionary families, Henry Rice and his wife Sandy have nurtured their prized ranch through the years, honoring its existence as a former "ahupua`a" in old Hawaiian times. These narrow wedge-shaped land sections ran from the mountains to the sea, each ruled by an ali`i or local chief. That same spirit of providence and aloha remains today. There are pastures surrounded by old-growth jacaranda trees and hillsides dotted with camellias, agapanthus, maidenhair fern and lemon trees. The primary guest cottage perched high above the clouds is painted a true shade of Hawaiian plantation-style green and affords majestic ocean views.