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Sugar's Last Stand
PUUNENE » The steady roar of motors and fans pulsates through the dim, cavernous factory along dusty Cane Haul Road. An elaborate jungle gym of pipes, conveyor belts, giant rollers and mills stretches the length of the humid building. Story »
Hawaii is seeing population growth on the neighbor islands at a far faster pace than on Oahu, so this year the Star-Advertiser is examining the emergence of our neighbor islands in three special reports.

In April, we published "Growing Pains," examining challenges facing Hawaii island and the population explosion turning it into the fastest-growing county in the state.

From 1990 to 2011, the population of Hawaii and Maui counties grew by 54 percent; Kauai County by 31 percent. Oahu's growth by comparison was a mere 15 percent [...] Story »

Dream City. That's what Alexander & Baldwin Inc. called Hawaii's first modern, planned community, built on former cane fields in Kahului.  Story »

IAO VALLEY >> John Duey gazes out over the parched Wailuku River streambed, a look of despair welling in his eyes. Story »

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2013 Aug 5 SSC -MAUI- Paia Honolulu Star-Advertiser Photo by Krystle Marcellus PAIA >> It's 10 a.m. on an already warm Sunday morning and cafes throughout this seaside hamlet buzz with friendly conversation. Story »

2013 Aug 5 SSC -MAUI- Clyde M. Sakamoto at UH Maui Campus in Kahului.New science facility.Honolulu Star-Advertiser Photo by Krystle Marcellus KAHULUI >> Maui Community College's name change to University of Hawaii Maui College was one sign of its far-reaching ambitions.  Story »

The Neighbor Islands Series
Small towns and neighborhoods on Hawaii island are at a critical juncture — hoping to carve out an economically viable future while preserving a sense of community and local culture.
Central Maui has been at the forefront of recent commercial and residential growth on the Valley Isle — including the reach of development sprawling out from the old towns.
NEW! 2013/12/15
Residents of the state's fourth-largest island — home to about 5 percent of Hawaii's residents — are now preparing for a future that will include a growing population.

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