Sugar cane burning for harvest operations at Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar begin this morning. HC&S plans a burn between 6 and 10 a.m. today on the Kihei side of Pulehu Road, near the Central Maui landfill.
The last HC&S burn was Christmas Eve, 2014.
In a letter sent to residents potentially affected by cane smoke and “maui snow,” the ash that sometimes greets us by coating our homes and cars, HC&S General Manager Rick Vollner said, “Wet weather throughout 2014 created difficult harvesting conditions and delays which hindered our sugar production.”
The company produced 162,000 tons of sugar in 2014 – their lowest annual production in five years.
Vollner continued, “We will begin our 143rd harvest season on March 16th, 2015. Please check back regularly for updated harvesting and cane burning information.”
The map indicates the planned sugarcane burning locations and schedule for the upcoming week. Click on the colored fields below for detailed information regarding the cane burning schedule.