|Rick Volner, Plantation General Manager.|
This 37,000 acre plantation produces sugar, molasses, mud, and… labor. Rick told us about their nationally recognized apprenticeship program, training welders, electricians, mechanics, and more, providing a great opportunity for their employees to move forward in their careers.
Robert Lu’uwai, VP of Farm Operations led us on an extensive, but not long enough tour of the mill.
You could feel, hear, and smell the mill at work. HC&S has truly embraced technology, from the automation of some processes allowing for a reduction in labor costs, investment in computer software to monitor mill mechanical efficiency and safety, and use of new methods in the field.
|Robert showing us the evaporators, which consume the largest amount of energy in the plant.|
|Garret Hew of East Maui Irrigation.|
|‘Iao Stream. You rarely see water that clear and clean looking on O’ahu!|
|Skippy Hau describing the different species of o’opu found in Maui streams.|
|Tour of the native garden at MISC with Chuck Chimera.|
|Dr. James Leary describing the HBT application method.|
|Brandi and Kirby first to give it a try.|
After returning to the yurts, we had the opportunity to hear from Teya Penniman, Manager at MISC, which receives over $1 million in funding from Maui County, by far the most of any county invasive species committee. On the top of the list for MISC is control of invasive pests such as the Little Fire Ant, Coqui frog, banana bunchy top. Teya mentioned that most instrumental in their efforts is public reporting. 643-PEST!!