Seeds of Growth
Rarely has an industry so shaped and influenced a place as the sugar industry did in Hawaii for more than 200 years. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) was a significant force in the industry and in Maui’s economy over its entire life span. It was known to be an innovator in the industry. The company was one of Maui’s largest employers and the state’s last remaining sugar business when its Puunene Mill closed in 2016, marking the end of an era.