Maui's Kula district is the island's largest district, extending from dry coastal areas to the wetter high pasture lands of three major ranches (Haleakala, Erewhon, and Ulupalakua) that cap the region about halfway up the slopes of Haleakala. It laterally extends from Keokea to near Makawao where the rainforest of East Maui once began. The word Kula means "open meadows" in the Hawaiian language. On Maui Kula is one of the island's 12 districts of ancient Hawaii called moku. Generally, Kula is a zone of arid, open country slopes between the inhabited and productive shoreline areas and the densely forested zone higher on the mountain.