The Hawaii agriculture has been shrinking drastically over the last decade. The Maui Land and Pineapple Company went out of business in 2008 and the entire pineapple industry was nearly gone overnight. The Maui community was blessed to have some farmers and investors come together to create a new company called Hali'imaile Pineapple Company. The Maui Gold Pineapple is now the last pineapple field in commercial production in the United States.
Maui's sugarcane industry isn't so lucky. Maui's local sugarcane will now cease to exist by the end of 2016 leaving 36,000 acres behind to dust and rubble and over 600 employees left without jobs. The sugarcane is a huge part of Maui's agriculture which is what keeps the land green and alive. This picture below of the sugarcane mill surrounded by acres of sugarcane ready for harvest will be missed view before long.
Scenery and culture can be seen usually over the course of a decade but 2016 will be marked as the biggest changes in Maui's history. There are not only the drastic changes in agriculture but the next time you fly into Maui, you may not recognize where you are. Maui's airport is completing its second phase of renovation at a price tag of $56 million. The Airport Bypass will be open in the next few weeks on July 23rd. It will now completely bypass Dairy Road. This means that you must turn onto Dairy Road to come to Mr. Pineapple and get gas and then turn back onto the airport bypass to enter into the airport.
Over the next few years, the rental car agencies will be consolidated into one building. This phase of the rental car agency move will be opened in 2019. If you need guidance on directions, how to find Mr. Pineapple or even the best way to get back to the airport, be sure to call one of our friendly team members at Mr. Pineapple for the latest updates.