Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum


High operating costs, Hawaii's geographical isolation, and competition from foreign sugar companies have nearly wiped out Hawaii's sugar industry. Only the Puunene Sugar Mill, built in 1901 by Alexander & Baldwin and fully computerized in 1985-90, remains in operation. The former residence of the mill superintendent, located across the street from the mill, now houses the A&B Sugar Museum. The museum provides a glimpse into the history of the sugar industry, the engineering involved in growing cane and producing sugar and other products, and the contributions of the waves of immigrant workers who made it all possible.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological
Topic(s):Health
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:A key project of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. was construction of the irrigation system to bring water from the East Maui mountains to the 37,000-acre central Maui plantation. The more than 84 miles of tunnels and ditches is the largest privately owned water system in the U.S., delivering an average of 165 million gallons of water daily.
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