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Sugar cane fields in bloom - Maui in December

sugar cane in bloom on maui in december


I love it when the sugar cane fields bloom with their big fluffy plumes.  This usually happens in December on Maui each year.  When the sun hits a field of these flowers, it's a truly beautiful site.  Here's a few pictures that don't do the sight justice.  I have just stopped and snapped a few quick pictures in this past week.  I would really like to take the time to get some great shots, but these will have to suffice for now.  That grass is about 10 feet tall before it flowers, so you can imagine how tall those plumes are.

Sugar cane is grown on only 2 of the Hawaiian islands any more... Maui and Kauai.  In times gone by sugar was big business, with many sugar mills on most of the islands, and cane fields covering much of the landscape.  Spreckelsville is an area named after the San Francisco sugar baron - Claus Spreckels in the 1800's.  Here on Maui the cane fields are still a major component of the agricultural scene, especially on the north shore, in the Paia area.  The crop grows for about 18 months, with newer species taking less time to reach maturity.  The old fashioned practice of burning the fields before harvest is still practiced here.  This creates a rather unpleasant situation if you happen to be downwind when they do their "burn".  The smoke can be really thick, and the sky gets dark, with a huge mushroom cloud of smoke and ash rising in the warm air.  I guess it's a small price to pay for the rest of year when the green fields are so beautiful.

maui sugar cane in bloom

We get rain and rainbows every day during the rainy season, but it's usually in the early mornings or late afternoons, with passing showers.  The climate is so ideal for growing things, that crops like this do very well here, all year round.  Sugar and pineapples are traditionally the 2 big crops grown in Hawaii, which is still very much an agricultural economy.  Other important crops are:

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Papayas
  • Tropical flowers
  • Maui Onions
  • Organic Beef

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Thanks for dropping in to see some of the Maui north shore sights.  Come back again.

Aloha - The Hunter


Comment balloon 6 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • December 22 2007 04:05AM


Thanks for the beautiful pictures and interesting information about sugar cane.
Posted by Dallas Chambers (RE/MAX Agents Realty) over 11 years ago
Looks beautiful. Hawaii is on my to-do list for this year!  Merry Christmas!  8-)
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago
We have cane here but I've never seen it in bloom.  I've actually only seen the fields a few times cutting thu Fla.
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago
Our cane season is over and all the cane has been cut by now. I just remember that I have a stalk that I am going to plant in the yard for next year. Thanks for the photos and reminders. I would guess the Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii are the states that produce Sugar Cane. Do you know others? 
Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) over 11 years ago

Dallas - thanks for commenting

Michael - I hope you get to do all the things on your list!

Chris - that's interesting, it happens every December over here

Eric - no... Puerto Rico maybe?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago

Where can you find sugar filds that beliven hindulism. who ever gets this message call me I need to know 6024547446

Posted by Xavier Rodrequiez over 10 years ago

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