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

Education Program Statement:

  • What we do:  As the primary source of information on the history of sugar on Maui, the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum responds to the educational needs of the community by developing programs that interpret the history of the sugar industry and the cultural heritage of multiethnic plantation life; providing online learning materials in an historic setting; providing learning materials online, and supporting educators’ teaching goals.
  • For whom do we do it:  For Maui’s students’ pre-K to college, families with school aged children, teens, adults and seniors, residents and visitors alike.
  • How we do it:  In partnership with Maui’s students, teachers and communities of learning, we provide an extension of the classroom on-line with meaningful learning materials and in an historical setting, using authentic objects and hands on activities along with guided instruction and question and answer techniques to encourage critical thinking. We strive to align our content to State of Hawaii Department of Education benchmarks, and remove barriers that would otherwise deny access to learning.
  • Why we do it:  To create an awareness of the influence of the sugar industry on the island, and the legacy it left behind, which is evident today in its people and landscape; to make connections between the past and present; to create a deeper understanding of the history of Maui, and to instill a passion for lifelong learning beyond the classroom.

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.

In 1990, the IRS granted the museum its status as a subchapter 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors and Officers. 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.