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To preserve and present the history and heritage of the sugar industry, and the multiethnic plantation life which it engendered, for residents and visitors.
The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum was established in 1980 with a grant from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., as a memorial to early sugar pioneers Samuel T. Alexander and Henry Perrine Baldwin, founders of the company. It was also a gift to the Maui community to mark the 1982 incorporation centennial of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., a division of A&B Hawaii, Inc.
The Sugar Museum was established with a board of directors and officers. See Board of Directors, and an advisory board comprised of individuals with relevant knowledge and interest in this project. In 1980, the IRS granted the museum its status as a subchapter 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Although the museum bears the Alexander & Baldwin name, it is an independent non-profit organization. Your Donation is welcome! See How to Support the Sugar Museum
Located directly across from the HC&S sugar mill in Puunene. The Sugar Museum is housed in a renovated historic building that dates back to 1902. It is one of the few remaining structures that were part of the once-thriving plantation town of Puunene.
The Sugar Museum is an historical and cultural repository for the artifacts, photos and documents that depict the history of sugar on Maui, telling the story of the sugar industry, plantation life, and the immigrants who came to Hawaii from around the world in response to the industry’s labor needs. Despite the hardships they encountered, these people preserved and shared their cultures and traditions, establishing a unique local lifestyle that endures today. See Plantation Camp Registry
There are six rooms featured in the museum displaying artifacts, photomurals, audiovisual presentations, authentic scale models, and outdoor exhibits of plantation equipment.
On July 15, 2012, the Sugar Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary. It has received more than 700,000 visitors in the two and a half decades it has been open to the public. In recent years the Sugar Museum has served over 36,000 visitors annually.
The museum is open year-round, seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with last admission at 4:00 p.m. See Directions and Hours for details.