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From King Cane to the Last Sugar Mill
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From King Cane to the Last Sugar Mill: Agricultural Technology and the Making of Hawaii's Premier Crop

C. Allan Jones and Robert V. Osgood


Sugarcane arrived in Hawai‘i with the Polynesian settlers, and sugar grew into an important industry in the mid-1800s. By the early twentieth century Hawai‘i had become a world leader in sugarcane production and research. However, despite a century of almost continuous growth and development, in the last quarter of the twentieth century the industry faltered, unable to cope with continually increasing costs of production that outpaced sugar prices. Of the twenty-eight sugar companies operating in 1970, only one, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, better known as HC&S, was still open in 2011. ... More

Keywords: sugarcane, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, HC&S, Hawai‘i, irrigation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824840006
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Allan Jones, author
Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Robert V. Osgood, author