Welcome to Puʻunene
Sugar was the lifeblood of Puʻunene until the end of 2016. Fields of cane expanded out from the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (C&S) Company’s rusty old mill, the last of its kind in Hawaii. This industrial hulk still looms high, and not so long ago it belched smoke when boiling down sugarcane, making the whole area smell of molasses. Hidden nearby are the remains of the plantation village, including an old schoolhouse and a long-abandoned church. This is a great place to grasp what old island life would have been like – it's truly untouched by tourism.