HC&S: Sugar ‘at the top,’ can anything knock it off?

PUUNENE Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Hawaii will arrive on Maui this summer to work with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. to study crops, growing conditions and other issues in developing biofuels on the island. The 130-year-old plantation is working with federal and state partners to help determine...

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Brush fire burns sugar cane on Maui

A brushfire burned about 10 acres of cane field in Paia early this morning, Maui County officials reported. Firefighters responded to the 1:22 a.m. fire at the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. site on Baldwin Avenue between Paia Elementary School and Rainbow County Park, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Plantation workers helped firefighters...

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Zip into the future

Mike Atherton’s employees call him “Coach” for good reason. Since he bought Maui Tropical Plantation in 2006, the affable entrepreneur has been overseeing a comprehensive game plan to re-energize the 26-year-old attraction. “We’ve painted the buildings, pruned the trees, spruced up the landscaping, basically given the grounds a complete makeover,” Atherton said. “I’m an...

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Rain does little to ease drought

The statewide drought appears to be easing as cooler La Nina conditions bring more rain to Hawaii, according to the National Weather Service. But farmers and ranchers said a protracted amount of rain is needed before they can recover from several years of extremely dry conditions. Some areas, such as southwestern Kauai and leeward...

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