The sugar museum is located next to the state of Hawaii's biggest working sugar factory, in the fabulous historic plantation town of Puunene, Maui as a marvelous repository of information and displays about one of the most important and influential eras of the island's history, and is now dedicated to preserving and showcasing the heritage and history of Maui's sugar business, in the 1800 square foot museum. You can view the charts that depict the establishment and growth of the industry, and also details the development of its water resources and outstanding multi-ethnic make-up and showcases intriguing exhibits about the inner workings of a sugar mill. The museum has six excellent galleries as well as outdoor exhibits that contain the plantation equipment. These include; the geography room that explains the island's geography and weather pattern that have influenced the development of the industry and its unique network of deep wells that had to be created and developed by the plantations; the plantation room with is many photographs and magnificent displays that depict the rich, multi-ethnic nature of the plantation's communities and life, like household relics, religious objects and a scale model of a worker's camp house; the water room that showcases how the water would be brought from the island's windward slopes to the plantations and describes the bravery of the workers who would complete this arduous feat; the human resources room that details the historic information telling about the early pioneers that would establish the sugar business on the island that includes; relics, photographs and documents that included labor contracts written in Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese that show how these immigrants would come here from around the globe. There is the field work room, and the mill room with their relics and documents, and the fabulous outdoor displays where you can get up close and personal with all the equipment and objects needed and used by the plantations, that include a cane grab, a Cleveland model J36 trench digger, a bull gear eleven feet in diameter, vintage Caterpillar tractors, an outdoor Portuguese oven constructed in the 1920s and a cane hauler. However, their most treasured relic is a historic steam locomotive called, "Claus Spreckels", which would serve the Kahului Railroad company for 47 years from 1882 to 1929, hauling sugar, passengers and various cargo. The easiest and least expensive way to reach the plantation and museum is to check out the great rental cars at Enterprise Rent-A-Car where you will get the BIGGEST discounts on the islands and the best, friendliest people to help you through the process.
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The center would open in 1994, after thirty years of dreaming about it, and would create a place for the community to get together and celebrate, become an educational resource for folks of all ages and a first class venue that would showcase the world's finest artists. The center welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year now, enjoying about 1800 annual events that include; drama, music and theater productions, ballet, hula, popular music, storytelling, taiko drumming, symphony, children's art, acrobatics, slack key guitar and more. These resources and events have become a big part of the community, bringing together people from all walks of life, and all ages, to enjoy, learn and practice the many arts and cultural programs offered at the center. You can get there to take part in a class or just visit, enjoying all the venues available, by renting a car or other vehicle from the great folks at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise has many locations on the island that are sure to be more than helpful in finding you just the right vehicle for your visit, with the best prices and deals. Enterprise Rental Cars have helped more people coming to the islands for a new experience and certainly the adventure of their lifetimes. There are many places to visit and many beautiful sights to be seen. So, let Enterprise get you there in style and comfort, without the worries of what to rent or for how long.