About the Museum

Our Mission: To preserve and present the history and heritage of the sugar industry and the multiethnic plantation life which it engendered.

Our Vision: To provide an enriching experience to those learning about the history of the sugar industry and understanding Hawaii’s plantation heritage and how it helped shape our current island society. To become a major visitor destination and community educational resource. To provide an outdoor space for the community with a venue for their cultural festivals as well as a gathering place for reunions and other social events.

Value Statement:

  • Communication: Build open and honest relationships through communication
  • Integrity: Be reliable, trustworthy, transparent and honest in our relationships
  • Respect: For people, communities, cultures
  • Consideration: Recognizing and responding to the needs of visitors, staff members and volunteers
  • Collaboration: Good ideas come from everywhere, and we all work together to support innovation, increase adaptability and reduce costs
  • Access: Provide to the public access and availability to materials of an historical nature that express and evidence the history of the sugar industry and plantation life. Include access to all in museum programs and activities

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum was established in 1980 with a grant from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. The Sugar Museum is a memorial to early sugar pioneers and founders of the company, Samuel Thomas Alexander and Henry Perrine Baldwin. The Sugar Museum is also a gift to the Maui community to mark the 1982 incorporation centennial of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., which was division of A&B Hawaii, Inc.

The Sugar Museum was established with a Board of Directors and Officers. In 1990, the IRS granted the museum its status as a subchapter 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Although the museum bears the Alexander & Baldwin name, it is an independent non-profit organization. All donations are welcome! Please see the Donate section for more information.

The Sugar Museum is an historical and cultural repository for the artifacts, photos, and documents that depict the history of sugar on Maui. The Sugar Museum tells the story of the sugar industry, plantation life, and the immigrants who came to Hawaii from around the world in response to the industry’s labor needs. Despite the hardships they encountered, these people preserved and shared their cultures and traditions with one another. The cultures and traditions shaped the local lifestyle that endures today. Since its opening on July 15, 1987, the Sugar Museum has received over a million visitors.

Board of Directors


Mr. Douglas A. Sheehan

Mr. Stephen H. Onaga

Treasurer and Controller

Mr. Roger MacArthur

Mr. Ken S. Ota

Vice President

Mr. Howard K. Nakamura

Ms. Maryanna G. Shaw Stockholm


Ms. Alyson Nakamura

Mr. Darren Strand

Mr. Richard F. Cameron

Mr. Rick W. Volner, Jr.

Ms. Meredith J. Ching

Mr. A.D. “Puck” Waterhouse, Jr.

Mr. Robert Stoner

Museum Director

Ms. Holly Buland

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