Maui Sugar – the Twilight Years Art Collection

May 14, 2024

The Maui Sugar – the Twilight Years art collection is a unique and poignant collection that captures the essence of a bygone era. This collection showcases the final years of the sugar industry in Maui, Hawaii, and the impact it had on the local community. Through a series of paintings, photographs, and sculptures, this collection presents a visual narrative of this significant period in Maui’s history.

The artworks in the Maui Sugar – the Twilight Years collection depict the labor-intensive process of sugar cane cultivation and the lives of the workers who dedicated themselves to this industry. The artists have skillfully captured the beauty of the sugar cane fields, the machinery used in processing, and the vibrant colors of the landscape. Each piece tells a story, conveying the challenges faced by the workers and their resilience in the face of adversity.

This collection serves as a reminder of the important role that the sugar industry played in shaping Maui’s economy and culture. It also sheds light on the inevitable decline of this once-thriving industry, as changes in technology and global competition led to its demise. The artworks evoke a sense of nostalgia and provide a glimpse into a vanishing way of life.

The Maui Sugar – the Twilight Years art collection not only celebrates the history of sugar production on Maui but also serves as a tribute to the hardworking men and women who dedicated their lives to this industry. It is a testament to their unwavering spirit and commitment. This collection is not only visually captivating but also serves as an educational tool, allowing viewers to gain a deeper understanding of Maui’s past and its impact on the present. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a history buff, this collection is sure to captivate and inspire.

The Maui Sugar – the Twilight Years art collection is on permanent display in the Pa’ina Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC).


Explore and learn about sugar and plantation history at the Sugar Museum!    Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10-2 Last admission at 1 p.m. Admission: Adult $10. Senior/Military $7. Child $3. Age 5 and under & Kamaʻāina – Free

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