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The holidays are here, and our new online gift shop is here to serve you! Easy, one stop shopping for everyone on your list: unique books, handmade notecards, purses, ornaments and fabrics. There's even something for the kids, too! Checkout is a snap, and shipping via USPS priority and flat rate ...

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Did you know that in the early 20th century, one method of getting the sugar cane to the mill was to "flume" it in long trenches full of water? The cane was processed at the mill, and the water was recycled and used in mill processes as well.

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Aerial view Puunene mill, early 1960s. Things to look for: Pineapple fields, Wailuku Heights, Old Puunene Avenue, turning basin, machine shop. The millyard looks so neat and tidy!

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Aloha! While all the major museums on Maui have been closed, there are virtual exhibits to enjoy until we can all meet again. Help us Celebrate Maui Museums!

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Celebrate Maui Museums is an initiative to highlight the wonderful and unique diversity and history of Maui County. Through a series of exhibitions themed to four national celebrations and hosted by museums from across the island, we invite you to join us in celebrating Maui museums in 2020.

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Testimonials

a year ago
This is a must do! Friendly staff and a quick little visit. Price is good and you can get a passport that includes three other small museums for a discounted price. Learn about how sugar cane was transformed into sugar. Learn about the workers. Learn about how the families built the plantation into a thriving farm.
- Jeff S
7 months ago
We were lucky to visit the museum in February before the everything came to a standstill. Often we travel to Maui and have always wondered about the giant sugar mill that you could see from one of the main highways. Just out of curiosity we decided to drive up to the mill and by luck found the museum. My husband can tell you that I am an old school museum buff, a fun time includes interesting artifacts and unique information to go with it. This place doesn't disappoint! Is it filled with lots of interactive, light up exhibits? No. Will your children be running from room to room screaming in delight? No (I hope not, this place is tiny with lots of unique pieces). Will you learn all about how the sugar mill molded the history of the area? Yes. I enjoyed myself immensely reading and learning. Our 8 year old also joined us in the visit and the stamp collecting was fun (think ink pad with paper at various stations). He zipped right through the place and was done in 15 minutes. If you ha...
- Jeanie R
a year ago
Fantastic place to learn about the history and demise of the sugar industry on Maui. Plan to spend a hour or a little more viewing the indoor interactive exhibits, pictures, and artifacts that make you appreciate the Hawaiians and immigrants who worked so hard in this industry. A great way to spend a last day before heading to the airport minutes away. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+, $2 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free. Military discount $5 for veterans, active, and retired. Located across from the old sugar mill at 3957 Hansen Road. Admission is daily 9:30 to 4:00.
- David T

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Dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and heritage of the sugar industry and the multiethnic plantation life it engendered.

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3957 Hansen Road
Puunene, HI 96784
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Mon:10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue:10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wed:10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fri:Closed
Sat:Closed
Sun:Closed
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