Help Us Write History
A number of years ago, the Sugar Museum displayed the plantation camp maps of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. (HC&S) in Puunene, and Maui Agricultural Co. (MACo) in Paia in its gallery, along with a registry form inviting former camp residents or their families to contribute information. This was the start of the Plantation Camp Registry. The registry also includes plantation camps in Spreckelsville, Hamakua Poko, Kihei, Wailuku and Lahaina.
The total number of people who lived in the camps over the years is unknown, however, The Hawaii Sugar Manual (A.B. Gilmore, 1939) provides the following figures: The HC&S plantation census of 1939 reported a grand total population of 7,973, and the MACo plantation reported a population of about 6,500. HC&S reported occupancy of 1,545 houses and MACo had approximately 1,500 houses.
People whose family lived in a camp can add information such as camp name, house number, how long they lived in the house, the names of family members, nearby neighbors and other information. The completed forms are added into the registry database. It serves as an important historical record and as a resource for historians, scholars, writers, researchers, students, and all who want to look into the past. Another important function of the registry is to help camp “alumni” families find each other again.
The Plantation Camp Registry is an ongoing project and we hope to have it available on this website at a later date. You can contribute to the registry or download and print camp maps here. To view the database, please make an appointment by calling 808-871-8058.