Haiku Mill in Maui, Hawaii is what remains of the former Haʻikū Sugar Mill, a processing factory for sugarcane built in the 1800s. The Haiku Sugar Company was one of the first ten companies to go into the sugar business in the Hawaiian Islands. The establishment of an irrigation system from 1876 to 1878 allowed more steady crops to be grown in more leeward areas of the island, which eventually led to the abandonment of the Haiku Mill in 1879.
After more than a century of neglect, only the walls of the mill remain standing on the site. In 1986, the mill's ruins, was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Hawaii.
Inspired by the beauty of the historical structure overgrown with vines and lush vegetation, owner Sylvia Hamilton-Kerr restored the mill's tone walls to become the framework of what would become a premier events venue. After French decor were added and gardens were planted, the formerly decrepit site was transformed into a place that evokes old European charm and Hawaiian natural splendor. Today, Haiku Mill is a world-class venue for weddings, engagements, vow renewals, corporate functions and other celebrations. The mill also offers botanical tours.
Haiku Mill is located at 250 Haiku Road, Maui, Hawaii.
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