Sugar Smoke is a website to help promote awareness of the hazards caused by the burning of sugar cane. The Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company,(HC&S), a division of Alexander and Baldwin, burns the cane in the fields to remove the leaves from the stalk, which makes it easier for them to handle. The smoke it causes billows over the island of Maui and inundates the neighborhoods and homes downwind of the fields. Not only is the smoke dangerous to our lungs, eyes, sinuses, etc., but the black ash that it creates is unsightly and messy.
HC&S has no regard for the people whose lives they are endangering. For years they have ignored complaints by individuals who are concerned about their health which is in peril due to the cane burning.
On this site we have included some editorials and news articles from the Maui News. We will also try to keep you posted on the upcoming meetings and developments.
News Article in Maui News Week of April 9, 2001
Air pollution should be part of the past
This is in response to June Kenolio (Letters, April 7, 2001), who cherishes polluted air as a way of life on Maui.
Yes, in 1900 the sugar industry was polluting the air. It was a way of life on Maui. In the same era doctors were putting
leeches on open wounds; anesthesia was a bullet to bite on; people were dying of simple infections due to the lack of
vaccines and antibiotics; and those who contracted leprosy were exiled to Molokai. All of this was a way of life on Maui.
James C. White, R.N.
The picture below was taken in Kihei, just downwind before it engulfed the beach. If you have photos, comments or news articles that we can use on our web page e-mail us. If you wish to join or support our cause e-mail the Maui Clean Air Coalition. Please sign our guestbook before you leave. Mahalo.
Updated April 15, 2001
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