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Changing Exhibit Areas

 

The museum has two exhibit areas within it's gallery that change on a semi-annual basis. As with most museums, we have a great deal of our collection in storage. Months in advance, new exhibits are planned. We are currently working with different cultural groups on the island to develop future exhibits. You can sign up for our E-newsletter, check newsletters below for upcoming exhibits, or contact the museum to see what’s new.

 

Sugar Museum Newsletters:

Sugar Museum E-News, July 2017
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Sugar Museum E-News, March 2017
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Sugar Museum E-News, November/December 2016
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Press Release, Hawaii Community Foundation Flex Grant, 2016
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Summer 2016 Vol. 13, Issue 1
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Press Release, A&B Grant, 2016
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Sugar Museum E-News, July 2016
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Sugar Museum E-News Vol 1, Issue 2
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Sugar Museum E-News Vol 1, Issue 1
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Spring 2015 Vol. 12, Issue 1
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Summer 2014 Vol. 11, Issue 1
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Summer 2013 Vol. 10, Issue 1
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Watch a slideshow of historic photos from our collection!

Watch a video of the Big Nordberg Steam Engine Move!

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The Plantation Camp Registry

The Sugar Museum’s Plantation Camp Registry is a listing that contains the names of people who lived and worked in the sugar plantation camps on Maui. A number of years ago, the Sugar Museum put maps of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.(HC&S) and Maui Agricultural Co. (MACo) plantation camps into its gallery along with a registry form for former camp residents or their families to fill out. This was the start of the Plantation Camp Registry.

People whose family lived in a camp can fill out the form with information such as camp name, the number of the house they lived in and for how long, the names of family members, nearby neighbors and other information. The Registry includes plantation camps in Puunene, Sprecklesville, Paia, Hamakua Poko and Kihei. Wailuku and Lahaina were added to the form in 2008.

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 (Paia) reported a population of about 6,500. HC&S reported occupancy of 1,545 houses and MACo had approximately 1,500 houses.

The completed forms are added into a searchable Plantation Camp Registry database, available to anyone who is interested in this information. It serves as an important historical record and as a resource for historians, scholars, writers, researchers, students, and all who want a look into the past. Another important function of the Registry is to help camp “alumni” families to find each other again.

The Plantation Camp Registry listing is an ongoing project, and we hope to have it available on this website at a later date.

If you would like to search the Plantation Camp Registry, or to view or purchase copies of Plantation Camp Maps, please make an appointment by calling 808-871-8058.

Open the Plantation Camp Registry Form
(NOTE: Form is two pages. This form may not be filled out and
sent back online. You must open it, print it and mail it back.)

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