Day 279 : sugarcane

imageSandy: When I was young, my family attended a church in Oakland every Sunday. Often we would stop in Chinatown to get groceries. I remember my dad buying sugar cane as a special treat, occasionally. Seeing the sugar plantations sprinkled about Maui, reminded me of chewing on the fibrous stalks and sucking out the juice. In 1870, Samuel Alexander and Henry Baldwin founded Alexander & Baldwin with 561 acres to cultivate sugarcane. After the turn of the century, the company had grown and controlled over 100,000 acres. Labor costs increased after Hawaii was admitted to the Union and indentured servants were eliminated. Cuba was given a larger share of the sugar market. Sugarcane production subsequently was moved to India, South America and the Caribbean where labor was cheaper. As tourism increased, the plantation land was developed into hotels.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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