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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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Come see the enormous cane hauler we received on March 2! This Caterpillar 772 was the last from the former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company. These gigantic haulers were once a common site on Maui, flying along the cane roads and crossing the highway on their way to the mill. Museum open daily...

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Aloha and Happy New Year! The Sugar Museum has a new exhibit, a virtual tour of the Puunene Mill. Filmed by Alana Kay in October of 2016. Come in and see the mill!

The Sugar Museum is celebrating American Archives Month with a new temporary exhibit: "Laundry on the Plantation." Time travel back to the days of boiling water in enormous tubs, scrubbing clothes on a washboard and pressing garments with a coal powered iron! Exhibit runs through December 31, 2019


Testimonials

2 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 ...
- Jeanie R
2 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this historical museum that had so much to take in. It was a wealth of information to view, read, do at your own pace with it's self-guided walking tour. I'm glad we were able to take the tour just before the Covid shutdown.
- Racheal O
6 months ago
Surprisingly large and packed with exhibits on the inside! The place does seem a bit older, and there isn't a lot to do or see for younger kids aside from a stamp pad at various exhibits. But if you're a history buff or just want something to do during the day on Maui, it's worth the trip! Get your admission as part of the island's museum package deal if you plan on going to other museums to get your money's worth. The gift shop also has a great selection of Hawaiian made gifts, books, clothes, and snacks.
- Lauren J

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