Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum Free Kids
Posted on 23/08/2014 by Emilie Wyqued | Comments Off on Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum Free Kids
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Maui’s Sugar History
Located next to Hawaii’s largest working sugar factory in the historic plantation town of Puunene, Maui, the award-winning Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is a unique repository of information and exhibits about one of the most significant and influential periods in Maui’s history. Dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and heritage of Maui’s sugar industry, the 1,800-square-foot Museum not only charts the establishment and growth of the industry, but also looks at sugar’s influence on the development of Maui’s water resources and rich multi-ethnic make-up. The Museum encompasses six exhibit rooms plus outdoor displays where visitors can get a close-up look at some of the intriguing equipment and items used by sugar plantations and plantation workers, such as a Cleveland Model J36 trench digger, an outdoor Portuguese oven built in the 1920s, a “bull gear” approximately 11′ in diameter, a cane hauler, vintage Caterpillar tractors, and a cane grab large enough for a child to walk under without bending.
Fascinating Exhibits and Displays
The Geography Room explains how Maui’s geography and weather patterns influenced the development of the sugar industry and presents information about the extensive irrigation system and network of deep wells developed by the plantations. The Water Room shows how water was arduously brought from the island’s windward slopes to the sunny central isthmus, and highlights the bravery of the men who accomplished this tremendous feat. The Human Resources Room displays historical information about some of the pioneers who established Maui’s modern sugar industry. The Plantation Room includes photos and fascinating exhibits showing the rich, multi-ethnic nature of plantation communities and plantation life, such as religious items, household artifacts and a scale model of a worker’s camp house. The Field Work Room depicts plantation workers in the fields and includes displays of surveying equipment, a cane knife, and typical items used by field workers such as a “kau kau tin” (lunch pail). A mannequin shows a Japanese woman’s complete field work outfit. The Mill Room offers several interactive displays including a 1915 locomotive bell, a “Cuban” sugar mill and an impressive working scale model of cane-crushing machinery. A narrative with special lighting and sound effects accompanies the operation of the model. For more information call 808-871-8058 and visit their website SugarMuseum.com.