About Us

Who We Are And What We Do:

Mission Statement

To preserve and present the history and heritage of the sugar industry and the multiethnic plantation heritage it engendered.

Vision Statement

To provide an enriching experience to those learning about the history of sugar industry and understanding Hawaii’s plantation heritage and how it helped shape our current island society.

To become a major visitor destination and community educational resource, and to provide an outdoor space for the community with a venue for their cultural festivals, as well as a gathering place for reunions and other social events.

Value Statement

Communication: Build open and honest relationships through communication

Integrity: We are reliable, trustworthy, transparent and honest in our relationships

Respect: For people, communities and cultures

Consideration: Recognizing and responding to the needs of visitors, staff members and  volunteers

Responsibility: Wise stewardship of what is entrusted in our care, and the good will of our community

Collaboration: Good ideas come from everywhere, and we all work together to support innovation, increase adaptability and reduce costs

Access: Provide access and availability to the public materials of an historical nature that express and evidence the history of sugar and plantation life. We provide access for all to museum programs and activities

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 1990, 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 former 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.

Since its opening on July 15, 1987, the Sugar Museum has received nearly a million visitors.  In recent years the Sugar Museum has served over 41,000 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.

See: Newsletters for current information about the Sugar Museum. 

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