Being born and raised in Puunene, Spanish "B" Camp, sugar cane was a part of everyday life. Regardless of the past that Hawaiians had with haoles, it seems that it is more about a generation's history and livelihood.
Alexander & Baldwin is not Hawaiian. Neither are most of the locals it employs. But Hawaiian blood does not have to run through your veins. The planting, nurturing, harvesting and processing of sugar cane has supported families through the years, when Maui had little else to offer.
Over the years, and with the closing of most of the mills statewide, Central Maui is the only area on the island that continues to cultivate sugar cane, and has also included other crops.
If you are here to enjoy the beauty of Maui and choose to call it home, then embrace all that is part of our legacy, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. included. If you come to realize that it is not what you were looking for, then, with a fond farewell, we bid you aloha.