Maui Sugar

Flickr / Forest Starr and Kim Starr
Flickr / Forest Starr and Kim Starr

 

It's been a little more than five months since the last haul of a commercial sugar crop on Maui. The precise plans are still evolving for alternative crops on the land that was once used to plant sugar cane. But that's not the only question relating to big sugar-there's also a matter of hardware. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

Final Days of Hawaii Sugar Now a Part of History

Dec 13, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The last remaining sugar mill in Hawai‘i wrapped up its final harvest yesterday. Hundreds of workers, families, and community leaders gathered at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company to say goodbye to a crop that shaped the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Forest Starr and Kim Starr / Flickr
Forest Starr and Kim Starr / Flickr

Maui Electric Company is making adjustments to make up for power that will be lost with the closure of sugar cane production.

Hawai‘i Commercial and Sugar Company will no longer provide additional electricity that was generated at its Pu‘unēnē mill.  The partnership provided 4 megawatts of scheduled power and an additional 16 megawatts of immediate emergency power.  MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker says the utility has been working with HC&S since the closure was announced in January.

Companies Stock Up On Last Of Local Sugar

Nov 28, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

As sugar production winds down in Maui, many Hawai‘i businesses are scrambling for a local alternative. Some are even stockpiling the last bags of Maui sugar while they’re still around.

Maui Workers, Residents Say Goodbye To Sugar

Nov 18, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The crop that once defined Hawai‘i is facing its final harvest. Next month, Hawai‘i Commercial & Sugar Company will close its operations. For many, the industry was more than just a place to work—it represented an entire way of life. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently visited Maui and has this report.

Life After Cane: The House That Sugar Built

Oct 5, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company is closing operations by the end of the year. The legacy of sugar has touched many lives in Hawai‘i. Before the final harvest is in, we’re hearing from a variety of voices. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently spent some time in Maui and has one of those stories.

Town Square: Life on Maui After Sugar

Sep 13, 2016
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

One of key questions hanging over the state is what happens to the Alexander & Baldwin land on Maui after HC&S closes for good at the end of the year.  While the phrase diversified agriculture seems to be on everyone's lips, what that means could be anybody's guess. We'll take up that up with Alexander & Baldwin President & Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Benjamin, HC&S General Manager Rick Volner, & Scott Enright, Chair of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture.

Final Harvest Underway As Hawaii Sugar Comes To An End

Aug 26, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Sugar operations at HC&S on Maui are winding down. Back in January, the state’s last sugar plantation announced plans to close down by the end of the year. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there for what will be the final harvest and has this report.

Justin Ennis / Flickr
Justin Ennis / Flickr

As Maui looks ahead to a post-sugar future, officials fear the closure of HC&S could have an Island-wide impact.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Alexander & Baldwin’s HC&S sugar operation on Maui is huge.  At 36,000 acres. It’s bigger than the official city limits of San Francisco.  It employs 675 people, most of whom will be out of work as HC&S winds down operations by the end of the year.