Living next to the sugarcane on Maui has its ups and downs. The ups are having less neighbors, beautiful views, and the sounds of rustling sugarcane in the breeze. The downs are all the cane spiders, cockaroaches, mice, and other critters that feel our homes are an extension of the fields. BUT, they were here first, so we don’t complain much.
The major con to living next to the cane is when they burn the fields during harvest (see our post on sugarcane burning alternatives). This happens every 2 years, and this year (at least next to our home), they decided to have a green harvest with no burning. This means that they use bulldozers, tractors and cranes to handle all the harvesting without burning the excess foliage off. They’re doing this because burning conditions were never optimal during the time they’d planned to harvest here (too much wind, too much rain, etc…) So, lucky for us, we don’t have to worry about burning right next to our house. The dust we’ll be dealing with over the next 2 months is something else entirely though.
The video here shows the large machinery harvesting the cane over a period of 2-3 days. It’s a fun timelapse capturing the beauty of the landscape, all of their hard work, the sunset, and even a few rainbows! The music was done by our good friend Jonny Roundhouse. We hope you enjoy!