HC&S Myths

Cane Fire Starts at 6:30am June 16, 2012

Myth #1:  If we stop cane burning, the central valley will be paved over with development A) A&B (the company that operates as HC&S) is primarily a real estate development company. If you’ve noticed over the last few decades, A&B has been converting cane fields to development as fast as the economy can absorb them. Just recently A&B Business Park […]

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Re-Greening for Future Generations

The myriad points of view relative to the continuation of sugar cultivation in the Central Plain/Isthmus of Maui are sometimes baffling and often not to the point. Other than the public health concerns of aerosols from burned plastics and carcinogenic chemicals, there is a very real question of what can be done with the vast acreage owned or controlled by HC&S, more than 36,000 […]

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Myth: Jobs will be lost

Rick Volner has said that A&B is committed to keeping its 36,000 acres in agriculture and transitioning to another crop after sugar. In 2009 they lost money on their sugar operations and said they’d shut down. And now sugar isn’t profitable and they are saying it again. For 44 years A&B has dragged its feet in converting to a more profitable crop. The cane smoke lawsuit is just the nudge they need to actually take action on their stated objective of moving to another more profitable crop.

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