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After visiting Iao Valley, our Best of Maui excursion headed over to the Maui Tropical Plantation. This plantation is on the site of a former sugar cane plantation. Sugar cane, once dominant in Hawaii, is no longer produced there as it can be harvested less expensively in other countries.
Plantation Mike, who grew up in one of the sugar company’s houses, met our group and talked to us about what it was like to live there back in the day. Working the sugar cane crop for a living was a difficult life.
Maui Tropical Plantation has incorporated some of the old mill-works into the landscaping.
Today the plantation produces a variety of Hawaiian fruits. We boarded the Tropical Express, a 45-minute tram tour through some of the fields. Our guide explained the origins of many of the crops.
About midway, we got out to walk around some of the plants and watch a coconut husking demonstration.
When we returned to the visitor center, we received a sampling of some of their delicious produce.
- Kahului Harbor
- Haleakalā National Park
- ʻĪao Valley State Monument
- Maui Tropical Plantation
- Maui Ocean Center
Location: 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793
Date of my visit: 4/15/2019