Sugar has been a mainstay in Hawaii for decades, but recently, economics have changed. We'll miss the gorgeous views of the sugar fields and the great pineapple aroma when you get behind a hauling truck.
Land has become more valuable. Wages have been going up. Water is scarce. Many found it easier to work in the hotels rather than labor in the hot, dusty fields. Environmental issues (mainly associated with cane burning) have become serious. Foreign competion has become more intense. Transportation costs have become prohibitive, etc.
The parent company is doing a good job taking care of the affected workers and steps are underway to explore growing more valuable crops and perhaps turning the land over for cattle pasture.
Let's hope it all works out for the best. We'll keep you posted. So far, things are going well and the workers are being taken care of.