The last haul - Hawaii Business

The last haul - Hawaii Business

There are 25 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 31, 2009, titled The last haul - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

WAIMEA, Kauai>> The sugar workers bringing in the last harvest at centuries-old Gay & Robinson had tears in their eyes, but this time it was not from the smoke and burning caramel smell that accompanies cane processing.

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Mokebla

Portland, OR

#1 Oct 31, 2009
Too late to bring back the SuperFerry, the baga gone and so is the kala that it would have bring and jobs. But I guess the people has all the answer on how too save their island. I grew up on plantation land and worked at Kahuku Sugar, went to war and came back and the plantation closed. My dad worked there 45yrs and couldn't retired. So here Iam on the big island of America and it take 2 weeks to go around this island. The grass is green and the leipo is red and gray like home, but we have the 4 season. Oh yes did I mention its alot cheaper up here. The people don't have any aloha till they know you're from Hawaii. Mahalo Braddah Eric for the pa'akai:-)! Aloha Kauai, malama pono a hui hou.
Sarah

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Oct 31, 2009
Sorry to see this business go and especially that there was no way to stop the losses and somehow make a profit. Sugar has not gone down in price.

Since: Oct 09

Cobleskill, NY

#3 Oct 31, 2009
Aloha Mokebla, I was born in Kahuku in 1956 my Grandfather was plantation Manager until the mill closed in early 70's. I have so many fond memories of growing up in Kahuku.
Honaunau

Kapaa, HI

#4 Oct 31, 2009
Christopher Steele wrote:
Aloha Mokebla, I was born in Kahuku in 1956 my Grandfather was plantation Manager until the mill closed in early 70's. I have so many fond memories of growing up in Kahuku.
And I was born in Kahuku in 1947 when my Dad, Frank Burns, was manager. Kahuku is a pretty special place. We left to go to Olaa/Puna Sugar in 1950. Who was your grand father-just for fun? mahalo, Cea
Quebert

Haubstadt, IN

#5 Oct 31, 2009
Well, no alternative fuel gonna be made in HI now, guess the water infrastructure will rot out too. So much for farmers, lack of vision and bad government continues.
Mililani Opinion

Honolulu, HI

#6 Oct 31, 2009
This is another sad day for Hawaii and yet, the dignity of the people prevail. These are good people who worked hard for a living and when the end came, they held their heads high.

God bless them all!
Realist

Waianae, HI

#7 Oct 31, 2009
Basically they made good and willing inter-generational slaves.
Dumbbo

Honolulu, HI

#8 Oct 31, 2009
Dumb jobs for dumbbos. Progress waits for no one.
alice

Kihei, HI

#9 Oct 31, 2009
Realist wrote:
Basically they made good and willing inter-generational slaves.
agreed. that is what hawaiians are good for.
Richard Alden Mc Afee

Honolulu, HI

#10 Oct 31, 2009
As a first time tourist to the Big Island, I was always facinated by the cane trucks, the burning and the work that went on.
i was a beef farmer in Virginia at that time.
I liked those scenes.
Gone but not forgotten.
Patricia

Wailuku, HI

#11 Oct 31, 2009
Lets hope that development is not built on this land where so many people toiled in the hot sun.
Patricia

Wailuku, HI

#12 Oct 31, 2009
alice wrote:
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agreed. that is what hawaiians are good for.
You should not judge others as yourself.
TheShaft

Kihei, HI

#13 Oct 31, 2009
I guess it's time for the new golf course and high income housing to make their debut on the land.
amhhawaii

Denver, CO

#14 Nov 1, 2009
I hope and pray that no big golf course or big development takes over!! When we wipe out all the farmers, were do we get the food!! We have to go to other countries to rely for our food, because we wipe out our family farmers!! Shame on our us, we think we need big and fancy things, it doesn't satisfy like the traditional things in life.
Look who is talking

Honolulu, HI

#15 Nov 1, 2009
alice wrote:
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agreed. that is what hawaiians are good for.
Hawaiians did not want to work in sugar production. Thats why your asian relative came here. Are you still working in a bar? Whats your job called? Let me take a guess " under da table pacifier" or "maybe dancin fo dollars hostess". Can't get too many jobs without that green card huh.
amhhawaii

Denver, CO

#16 Nov 1, 2009
I love what your saying, Hawaiians didn't have a choice, because there is not enough jobs. They are most hard working people that I met, while I was there for 20 days. I miss it so much and wish I could move there permanently, they are the most genuine/true people I have ever met!!
1kanaka

San Diego, CA

#17 Nov 1, 2009
I had an uncle who once told me that one day I would have to show my grand kids a picture of what sugar cane and pineapple fields looked like. I took it as a joke at that time but I guess he was right sugar cane is gone and if not for Dole Co. pineapple would be a thing of the past.
Aloha to all the fond memmories...
charl

Wrexham, UK

#18 Nov 1, 2009
so sad really the worlds gone mad
Burp

Mililani, HI

#20 Nov 1, 2009
Its a mad mad world.
amhhawaii

Denver, CO

#21 Nov 1, 2009
Burp wrote:
Its a mad mad world.
I agree!! What we have to do is look at what is still good - like the full moon tonight!! It is so beautiful!!

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