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20″ x 16″
In 1901 when the Puunene Sugar Mill opened sugar dominated the economy on Maui and the other major Hawaiian islands. Extensive railroad networks were essential to the Hawaiian sugar industry. Trains brought workers to the sugar mills early in the morning; delivered harvested cane from the fields to the mill; delivered processed sugar from the mill to the shipping docks; and brought workers home at the end of a long day. By the middle of the 20th century trucks replaced trains. Sugar production declined in the second half of the 20th century, and in 2016 Alexander & Baldwin harvested sugar for the last time. They closed the Puunene Sugar Mill, the last surviving sugar mill in Hawaii, and ended the Hawaiian sugar industry.