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Education Program for Second Graders

These days, culturally enriching field trips are in decline.  Museums across the country report a steep drop in school visits.  Schools are opting for rewards-driven trips to amusement parks and movie theaters to reward students for good test scores, instead of culturally significant or educational outings.  Also, the cost of these field trips has increased and become unreachable for many students and their families.

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum's Education Program, which currently focuses on 2nd grade, was created in 1990.  It is a DOE standards-based program that 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 current society.  Along with a docent-led tour of the museum, students participate in hands-on activities outdoors, including tasting ice cake and raw sugar cane, studying artifacts, and playing plantation games.  These activities fulfill educational requirements for social studies, math and science.

The Sugar Museum is proud to offer its Education Program for only $1 per student.  Teachers and Chaperones are admitted free.  Bus transportation for second grade is subsidized by a generous grant from A&B Inc.

During the guided tour through the museum, students learn about how sugar cane is grown, how water was arduously brought to arid Central Maui from the rainy East, and the immigrant workers who came from all over the world to work on Hawaii's plantations.  On the museum grounds, they participate in hands-on activities that show what life was like for people living in plantation camps.

Field trips are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 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 sugarmus@maui.net

After your reservation is confirmed, you will be sent a "Pre-Visit Packet" electronically, which contains all the instructions, forms and materials needed for your visit.  We offer a "Lending Kit" you can borrow and use in your classroom that contains an informational DVD, plantation clothing and artifacts to prepare your students and build excitement for their visit.  A Lending Kit request form is included in your materials.  As your visit date draws nearer, you will be sent a reminder and a "Post-Visit Packet" electronically, with fun activities to use when you return to the classroom.

Chaperones are required.  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.

2015-16 Education Program Brochure
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Education Program FAQs
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