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The History of Molokai Sugar

December 12, 2013
 

IMG_4769 Don’t miss the opportunity to find out about Molokai’s agricultural history at the R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill, Molokai Museum and Cultural Center. This fully restored sugar mill is the oldest mill in Hawaii and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located in Kala’e, the Meyer Mill operated from 1878 to 1889 and was the smallest sugar mill in the islands, producing 50 tons of sugar a year. After 100 years of disrepair, it was restored in 1988 and now serves as a museum for visitors to learn about Molokai’s sugar history.

20131004_103240Open 10am-2pm, Monday through Saturday, guided tours and self-guided tours will show you all aspects of the sugar process including original items such as the cane crusher (which was powered by mules), the evaporator and the molasses vats. The property also contains birthing stones which hold cultural significance – inquire inside the museum where employees will share the history of the stones.

20131004_103032There’s also a gift shop filled with wonderful made-in-Molokai ceramics and crafts.

The Molokai Museum and Cultural Center is located on Hwy 470, two miles southwest of Palaau State Park. For more information, please phone (808) 567-6436.

 

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