Sweet Goodbye: Hawaii’s last sugar mill closes

(KHNL) Workers delivered the final truckload of cane to Hawaii’s last remaining sugar mill Monday.

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company held a commemoration event at its Puunene factory with an estimated 700 employees, retirees and community leaders.

Fermin Domingo has driven a Tournahauler down the red dirt road to the mill countless times during his four decades with HC&S. His last trip with the final truckload of sugar cane harvested on Maui is one that he’ll never forget.

“It has been fun working here for the last 40 years, but it’s sad that it comes to an end,” he said.

With the sugar mill shutting down, many attendees reflected on Hawaii’s plantation past.

“My grandparents immigrated from Japan to work in the plantations more than 100 years ago like so many others from the Philippines, China,” said Governor David Ige.

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