Sugar cane

North Kohala was a significant center for Hawaii’s sugar industry through the boom years in the 1800s until its decline in the first half of the 20th century. Now, sugar cane is being put to a new use in the area – rum production.

The photos show sugar cane being grown in the fields below Hawi wind farm. This isn’t just any kind of sugar cane. These are heirloom varieties, derived from canoe plants – plants brought to Hawaii by the original Polynesian settlers. Now they’re being used in the production of rum agricole.

Rum agricole hails from the Caribbean, particularly the island of Martinique. Regular rum is made from molasses, but rum agricole uses fresh sugarcane juice. The people behind Kuleana Rum have begun producing the Caribbean-style rum here on the Big Island. They have a distillery in Kawaihae, about 17 miles down the coast, and have opened Kuleana Rum Shack, a bar and restaurant in Waikoloa.

For more information about Kuleana Rum, go to Posted in response to this week’s Sunday Stills challenge on the theme of ‘Spirit.’ See more offerings here.

2 thoughts on “Sugar cane

  1. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Aren’t you the clever one, Graham! The spirit of rum production! And here I thought you were going with sugar cane being the spirit of the islands. Very interesting about the rum production. I read this to Hans and he really perked up, lol!

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    1. Graham Post author

      Don’t know about that. I’d been planning to do a post about sugar cane and the new rum company so when I saw your theme that was the first thing that popped into my head. I haven’t tried their rum but I might give it a go when I’m in Waikoloa some time.

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