While one could not say that all roads lead to this museum, it could certainly seem that way to Maui drivers. Located at one ... More
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
While one could not say that all roads lead to this museum, it could certainly seem that way to Maui drivers. Located at one of the largest intersections on Maui, it is adjacent to Maui's main sugar factory. The pungent aroma of sugar cane permeates the air for miles. The museum provides visitors with extensive information on the history of the sugar industry, as well as details about its cultivation and production. Many exhibits are interactive, making use of modern effects. There is a gift shop on-site; check out the website for more information.
After seeing all the sugar cane fields being burned, i wanted to know why. That lead me to the Sugar Cane Museum which is located across from the sugar refinery plant. It was very interesting to see the different displays of how workers dressed,their work schedules and pay. If you like sugar, you'll love to see what happens to it before you buy it from the market.
We stopped at the museum, thinking it "couldn't be much", but thought we might as well see what it had to offer. Although slightly confused by the entry to the displays, we found many interesting historical offerings, including a huge, hand-sewn flag. How tedious that must have been to make, and imagine the dedication it took to DO it! The museum, had special "stations" for children throughout the rooms, but they appeared to be for groups, perhaps field trips, etc.
Other items clearly depicted the ingenious methods and primitive equipment used to harvest a crop and get it to market. Even though the rooms weren't very brightly lit, it was perfect for a short video, which added interest and topped off the visit -- or so we thought! Still to be seen was a pleasant and homey gift shop, where we found the slack guitar CD I'd been looking for, some fancy jams for my brother in Michigan, a bit of sugar cane to chew on, as well as a wide variety of books and treasures which I left for others to peruse!
All in all, for such a small admission fee, it really was a "sweet treat" (including the free sample offered as we left)!
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