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Pāʻia Cane Burn Part of HC&S Annual Harvest

September 23, 2013, 10:19 AM HST
* Updated September 23, 11:02 AM
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Cane burning, Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. Photo courtesy Valerie Toro.

Cane burning, Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. Photo courtesy Valerie Toro.

By Wendy Osher

Cane burning resumed on Monday morning, Sept. 23, on the Kahului side of Baldwin Avenue, below Skill Village in Pāʻia, Maui.

The burn was scheduled between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company as part of the company’s 141st harvest that began in mid-March.

HC&S cultivates 36,000 acres of cane, and is recognized as the lone producer of raw and specialty sugar in Hawaiʻi.

Conditions in Pāʻia call for mostly sunny skies, with a high near 83, and winds coming from the east at around 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

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The same area is scheduled for burning tomorrow as well, between 6 and 10 a.m., according to a company notification issued this morning.  Later this week, cane burning is scheduled Thursday to Saturday between 4 and 6 a.m. on the east side of the Mokulele Highway in Puʻunēnē, according to the company website.

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According to the material published by HC&S, company officials say schedules can change based on updated weather forecasts and operating conditions at the processing plant.

The public can access updated cane burning schedules via text, email, or online at HCSugar.com.

Cane burning, Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Cane burning, Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Cane burning, Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. Photo courtesy Valerie Toro.

Cane burning, Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. Photo courtesy Valerie Toro.

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