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Sugar cane still growing strong on Oahu

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM / OCT. 26

    Tyler Jones discusses energy cane — bred to increase its biomass — at the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center’s Maunawili site.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    HARC maintains about 1,500 varieties of sugar cane.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Tissue Culture Technician Marge Ortega works in the Tissue Culture Transfer Room separating clumps of sugar cane plants at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kunia.

Large-scale Hawaii sugar cane farming ceased in December after 181 years with the closure of a Maui plantation that once was among more than 150 in the islands. Read more

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