Sugar Museum

The reason Maui is called the Valley Isle is because of the large flatland area separating East and West Maui. This part is called and isthmus, and the area is dominated by one thing - sugar.

We visited a Sugar Museum near a Sugar Mill. We could not take a tour of the Mill, but the museum told us all we wanted to know about sugar harvesting.

Sugar Cane needs a lot of water, and once the plants are ready to harvest, the plants are set afire to burn off the leaves. The remaining stalks are then harvested using hugh machines, and processed into raw sugar. Raw sugar is brown, and only achieves the white color when it is re-processed - usually on the mainland.

The area usually has alot of smoke due to the fires. The mill takes the excess bagasse and burns that to generated the electricity to run the mill. Excess electricity is sold to the local electric company. The bagasse is the remaining fiber after the sugur has been removed from the sugarcane.

Entrance sign to the museum A large gear that is part of the mill More gears that crush the sugarcane
Entrance sign to the museum A large gear that is part of the mill More gears that crush the sugarcane
Some kind of machine used for harvesting This claw loads the stalks from the field The sugar museum near the mill
Some kind of machine used for harvesting This claw loads the stalks from the field The sugar museum near the mill
Some kind of oven used for processing A bag of processed sugar The truck that hauls the cane from the fields
Some kind of oven used for processing A bag of processed sugar The truck that hauls the cane from the fields
Sugarcane up close The sugar mill across the street Some of the sugar products
Sugarcane up close The sugar mill across the street Some of the sugar products