Volunteer Program

Calling All Volunteers!
Are you interested in or have a connection to the era of King Sugar? If so, we may have the volunteer opportunity you have been looking for. Currently available:

Education Program Docent
We are looking for several volunteer Docents (tour guides) for our Education Program, which is presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September Through May. Docents lead student groups on 20 minute educational tours through the museum and point out various aspects of the sugar industry and plantation life. Previous experience working with elementary school students is desired, but not required. This is an on-call seasonal opportunity. You choose which Tuesday or Thursday you would like to help out!

Gift Shop
Cheerfully greet and interact with the public, ring up sales on cash register, stock shelves and provide general, all-around help. Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.

Outdoor Field Equipment Displays
Are you a former HC&S employee who would have operated cane haulers and tractors? Does your hobby involve sugar industry field equipment? We need you to inspect our machinery and provide background and history, and to advise museum staff on the care of our outdoor displays.

Training and supplies are provided. Please contact us at (808) 871-8058 or sugarmus@maui.net for more information.

To apply, fill out our Volunteer Application form and mail it to PO Box 125, Puunene, HI 96784, or bring it in person to 3957 Hansen Rd, Puunene, HI 96784

Education Program

The Sugar Museum Education Program, which currently focuses on the second grade, was created in 1990. This standards-based program provides Maui’s students with an understanding of the history of the sugar industry, Hawaii’s plantation heritage, and how it helped shape our current society. Along with a docent-led tour of the museum, students participate in hands-on outdoor activities. These activities include tasting ice cake, studying artifacts, and playing plantation games. These activities fulfill educational requirements for social studies, math, and science.

To book a field trip or for more info, please email education@maui.net.

  • The Sugar Museum is proud to offer the Education Program for only $1 per student. Teachers and chaperones are admitted free. Bus transportation for second graders is subsidized by a generous grant from Alexander & Baldwin.
  • Field trips are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m., September through May.
  • Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation, please call 808-871-8058 or email us at education@maui.net
  • After your reservation is confirmed, you will be sent via email a Pre-Visit Packet. This packet contains all the instructions, forms and materials needed for your visit. We also offer a Lending Kit for you to borrow and use in your classroom. This kit contains an informational slideshow, plantation clothing and artifacts to prepare your students and build excitement for their visit.
  • Chaperones are required and must be able to actively participate in the program. Chaperones are arranged by the participating school. For more information see Frequently Asked Questions below.
  • We offer tours and materials for grades 3-12, too! Contact us for more information.

Education Program Brochure

Education Program FAQs

It all began in 1988 with funding provided by the museum and a grant. Pukalani Elementary teacher Lynn Liu was retained to create learning packets with the assistance of the museum director. From this early endeavor, the program evolved into what it is today. This standards-based program provides Maui’s students with an understanding of the history of the sugar industry and Hawaii’s plantation heritage, and how it helped shape our island society. Along with a docent led tour of the Museum, the students participate in hands-on activities outdoors, including tasting ice cake, studying artifacts, and playing plantation games. These activities fulfill public school educational requirements for social studies, math and science.

Primarily, the Education Program focuses on 2nd grade public school students; however, tours and materials can be provided for grades 3-12. Schools from other islands, private, homeschoolers and Charter schools are welcome to participate.

The program operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., September through May.

Call us at 808-871-8058 or email education@maui.net. Ideal group size for public schools is 40-60 students per visit day, not including teachers and chaperones. Groups larger than 60 students must break their visit up into multiple days.

As soon as possible! Reservations are accepted on a first come first served basis. Don’t risk losing the date you want!

You will be contacted via phone or email by an Education Coordinator to confirm your visit dates. You will be instructed on how to access the Pre Visit materials on our site. We offer a “Lending Kit” you can use in your classroom that contains an informational slideshow DVD, plantation clothing and artifacts to prepare your students and build excitement for their visit. A Lending Kit Application form is included and required prior to borrowing a lending kit. As your visit date draws nearer, you will be sent a reminder and further instructions for your visit.

Transportation is arranged by you, the participating school. Bus transportation for 2nd grade public school students only is subsidized through a generous grant from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. One bus per public school per visit day is covered on a first come first served basis, as funding is limited. A Bus Subsidy Application form is included in your pre visit materials, and is required prior to visiting the Museum. Bus parking stalls are available in our parking lot. The capacity of a bus is approximately 60 persons. Transportation is subsidized for 2nd grade public school only, and only one bus per visit day is covered.

The cost for 2nd grade students is $1 each. Grades 3-12 are $2 each. Teachers and chaperones are admitted free of charge.

Payment is made to the front desk on the day of your visit. If your school requires an invoice, we will bill your school after your last visit day. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard accepted.

  • One adult is required for every 6 students. More are welcome and encouraged above the minimum. Teacher should be in addition to required Chaperone requirement.
  • Failure to abide by the required chaperone ratio may be result in your group being turned away at the door.
  • Chaperones are arranged by you, the participating school.
  • Chaperones must sign a Chaperone Agreement and bring it with them on their visit day to gain admission. If the Chaperone does not provide the signed agreement, they will not be allowed admission to the program.
  • Chaperones are expected to get familiar with the schedule of activities and actively participate in the program.
  • Chaperones must supervise their groups at all times, and are responsible for their own conduct as well as the conduct of the students in their group. You will be asked to leave if you fail to adequately supervise your group.
  • Cell phone or electronic device use by all persons participating is prohibited during the program, except in the case of an emergency. However, devices may be used for taking pictures.
  • Chaperones may not bring other children or family members such as infants, toddlers or other school aged children.
  • Schools must report any incidents involving students or chaperones during the field trip to museum staff immediately.

It all begins at 9:15 a.m. with your arrival. You will be greeted by an Education Coordinator. Your students and chaperones will assemble at the museum entrance and divide into 6 groups. The Education Coordinator will give you an overview of the program and review the rules and conduct expected of your group. You will then submit your agreements, deposit your belongings in a designated area, pay admission fees to front desk, and your groups will go to their stations and begin activities promptly at 9:30 a.m. The groups will rotate to another activity station every 20 minutes. The program ends promptly at 11:30 a.m.

The Education Program literally would not exist without the dedication of our volunteer tour guides (docents). Our volunteers give tirelessly and selflessly year after year to help educate Maui’s youth about the history of the sugar industry and Hawaii’s plantation heritage, and how it helped shape our island society. Education Program volunteers are a cross section of individuals from all parts of the island, and from many different backgrounds. Anyone can do it, it’s easy and fun! For more information about how you can become a docent, please visit the volunteer section of our website.

Yes. You are welcome to bring your picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after your visit. There are picnic tables, and you may bring extra mats or blankets for sitting on the grassy areas. Space is provided for your lunch packs and coolers.

Notify us as soon as possible at 808-871-8058 or education@maui.net if you need to cancel your visit. We will make every attempt to reschedule at that time; however, we cannot guarantee your alternate date will be available.

There are no covered areas at the museum in case of rain. We will notify you as soon as possible beforehand and no later than 8 a.m. on the day of your visit if the weather forecast is threatening. We will make every attempt to reschedule at that time; however, we cannot guarantee your alternate date will be available.

Yes! We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our Museum, grounds and program BEFORE you visit. Please call to make an appointment for a pre visit at 871-8058, or email us your request at education@maui.net

Yes. We offer tours and educational materials for different grade levels and groups. It is helpful for us to know what area or unit of study your class is working on. Please email education@maui.net for more information. Ideal group size of 25 or more is recommended. You are responsible for transportation to and from the Museum.

Yes. We offer tours and educational materials for different grade levels and groups. It is helpful for us to know what area or unit of study your class is working on. Please email education@maui.net for more information. Ideal group size of 25 or more is recommended. You are responsible for transportation to and from the Museum.

Yes. We offer tours and educational materials for different grade levels and groups. It is helpful for us to know what area or unit of study your class is working on. Please email education@maui.net for more information. Ideal group size of 25 or more is recommended. You are responsible for transportation to and from the Museum.

Yes. We offer tours and educational materials for different grade levels and groups. If you have a large amount of different ages and grade levels, please contact us to discuss curriculum that will best serve your students. It is also helpful for us to know what area or unit of study your class is working on. Please email education@maui.net for more information. Ideal group size of 25 or more is recommended. You are responsible for transportation to and from the Museum.


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