Volunteer Program

Calling All Volunteers!
Are you interested in or have a connection to Maui’s sugar history or plantation life? 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. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 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 operations@sugarmuseum.com 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 and science.To book a field trip or for more info, please email education@sugarmuseum.com.

  • The Sugar Museum is proud to offer the Education Program for only $1 per student (2nd grade). Teachers and chaperones are admitted free. Bus transportation (2nd grade only) is subsidized by a generous grant from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
  • 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, fill out and submit our online form here. You can also call 808-871-8058 or email your reservation request to education@sugarmuseum.com.
  • After your reservation is confirmed, download the Teacher Reservation Checklist and Pre-Visit Packet. Fill out and submit the Bus Subsidy Application (2nd grade only) and Lending Kit Request Form. The lending kit contains an informational slideshow (which can be viewed below), 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 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

Here’s all you need to get started!

Teacher Reservation Checklist
Reservation Form
2nd Grade Pre Visit Packet
2nd Grade Activities Descriptions
Bus Subsidy Application for 2nd Grade
Lending Kit Request form for 2nd Grade
Chaperone Agreement
Chaperone Activities Descriptions
Program Evaluation Form for Teachers
Program FAQs


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