My 2014 Retirement Trip Hawaii travel blog

Pat Lau, our Rhodes Scholar group leader for this trip. She will...

mules drive the screw above - before this process sugar cane, after...

screw turns the gears below, gears turn the rollers, sugar cane is...

rollers squeeze juice from cane - juice flows into sluice box which...

vats are heated to proper temperature - need proper pH, temperature and...

juice is centrifuged to separate sugar crystals from juice

centrifuge is powered by steam driven motor

restored barn

quilt exhibited in museum - only royalty was original taught quilting by...

another quilt displayed in the museum


This morning we loaded into 3 - 11 person vans at 7:45 to go to the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center to see the museum and the restored RW Meyer Sugar Mill of 1878 (on the National Register of Historic Places). Mr. Meyer was educated in Germany as a surveyor and civil engineer. He came to Hawaii at 25 years of age to survey the holdings of Kamehameha V on Molokai. He met and married a local girl and began farming. For about 12 years he was able to make a profit with his small sugar mill in the face of competition from the "big sugar".

The pictures should walk you through the process of sugar making. This process ultimately produces large sugar crystals that were shipped to Honolulu in burlap bags for further refining. The byproduct of the sugar production, molasses, was usually given to neighbors. In other places of the world (such as Jamaica, molasses is to make rum).

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