Sugar Cane May Be Gone, But Train Keeps Its Steam

Lahaina, Maui:

Another piece of Hawaiian history has recently set with the Maui sun. The Pioneer Mill in Lahaina harvested their last crop of sugar cane in September and shut down mill production after 139 years on Maui. The mill was started by James Campbell around 1860 and has had its share of ups and downs over the years as well as a number of different owners. Amfac Corporation, who developed the popular Kaanapali resort complex just north of Lahaina, currently owns the mill.

In 1969 A.W. "Mac" McKelvy who got together with the Makai Corporation and created the Sugar Cane Train. The line has operated passenger service from Lahaina to Puukolii (just north of Kaanapali) daily for over 30 years. Since 1970, over five million tourists to Maui have ridden the train making it one of West Maui's most popular attractions. With a blast of its steam whistle, the locomotive chugs along a six-mile long stretch of track at a leisurely pace, as its passengers are entertained Hawaiian-style by our narrators.

The Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad's Future

Future plans for the Sugar Cane Train also includes hosting weddings and adding special evening train parties and receptions. Where there was once sugar cane, other agricultural crops will be planted such as coffee and corn. So although the canefields are gone, the train will continue to transport visitors between Lahaina and Kaanapali along a scenic journey from the Maui of yesteryear to the beauty and charm of Maui today.


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