If you are visiting the island of Maui and have a bit of time to kill before heading off to the airport, a visit to the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Plantation may be just the thing. Sugar cane is thought to originated in New Guinea and brought to the islands by Polynesian immigrants over 1,000 years ago. Sugar cane, once the mainstay of the Hawaiian economy, is largely gone in the islands. One of only two working sugar plantation still in operation in the islands, Maui’s sugar plantation is located in Puunene, Maui.
Today, the sugar mill is operated by the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company and exports up to 200,000 tons of raw sugar to California where it is refined and sold to consumers. Next to the working sugar mill, is the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum. The home, built in 1902, was occupied by the plantation superintendent. Here you can see video of cane processing in the neighboring plant and various pieces of sugar cane equipment and 6 rooms of exhibits telling the history of the sugar cane and the plantation era. The Museum, located just 10 minutes from the Kahului airport, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. with the last admission to the museum at 4:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.00 and $2.00 for children ages 6-12 with no charge for children 5 and under.
Posted on 19th January 2011 by The Traveler in Maui
The park features a short loop with good viewing of the Iao stream and the interesting Iao Needle rising 2,250 feet high. This was once the site of a fierce and bloody battle in 1790 between King Kamehameha I and the Maui forces as Kamehameha invaded the island of Maui. At the bottom of the valley is the Iao stream surrounded by the lush, steep walls of of Pu’u Kukui Crater. You can take the self-guided hike over the stream to the viewing point or venture deeper into the Iao Valley on some of the various nature trails leaving from the area. Although there are restrooms near the parking lot, there is no drinking water so be sure to bring some for your hike here.
If you want to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history, the place to go while on Maui is the Bailey House Museum. Located in Wailuku, this museum, run by the Maui Historical Society, is the place to go to learn about Hawaiian culture, see artwork and artifacts and view furnished rooms from 19th century Maui. The house is a mission home built in 1833 on the site of the Royal Compound of King Kahekili, the last ruling chief of the island of Maui. Originally, the house served as a mission school for girls. It was purchased by Edward and Carline Bailey in 1847 where the Bailey family lived until 1888. The house has been resorted to it’s 19th century condition and currently serves to house many Hawaiian documents, artifacts and resources owned by the Hawaiian Historical Society. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Admission is $7 for adults ($5 for seniors)and $2.00 for children between the ages of 7-12. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.
Looking to do some shopping while in Maui? Be sure to drop by this lush, oceanfront shopping mall located in Lahaina at 2435 Ka’anapali Parkway near Ka’anapali Beach. Shop and enjoy wonderful Hawaiian restaurants at this mall. While you are there, be sure to stop by the Whalers Village Museum at the Mezzanine level to learn about Maui’s more “wild” days when whaling was at its heyday. The museum hosts displays of 19th century whaling life and displays over 70 species of whales. There are films about Maui’s colorful history, the whaling industry and Humpbacks. An authentic whaleboat i on display to show how men lived and worked while at sea. The museum is open from 9:30 A.M. to 10 P.M. and admission is free. Be sure to also stop by the Hale Kohola or the “House of Whales” to learn more about Maui’s wonderful whale population.
If you like Hawaiian history, be sure to stop by the National Historic Landmark, Pi’ilani Heiau in Kahanu Gardens on Maui. This is an ancient sacred place believed to be one of the largest remaining structures in Hawaii. The Heiau is approximately 3.8 acres in size and 50 feet tall and was strategically placed to give a good view of any approaching ships or canoes coming into the harbor. The gardens are also a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian flowers and lush forest. Open Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. with a cost of $10 for adults. Children may enter the gardens at no charge. To get to the gardents, take highway 360, east towards Hana. The garden is on the left past the Hana Caverns near mile marker 31.