Maui’s little community of Haiku played a pivotal role in the early days of the sugar industry when two missionary’s sons – named Samuel Alexander and Henry Baldwin – planted twelve acres of the new crop there in the early 1960s. The very next year, they built on their success by adding another 5000 acres in Maui’s central plains. Alexander and Baldwin then constructed an elaborate system of ditches to take water from rainy Haiku to the dryer plains of Wailuku, and by 1876 Maui’s largest sugar company was born.
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