Spotlight on Business: Sugar cane and rum in Hawaii — Back to the future

  • Rare strains of Hawaiian sugar cane are ready for planting at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Young sugar cane thrives at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Rare strains of Hawaiian sugar cane grows at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A rare Hawaiian sugar cane grows at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Around 20 acres of Hawaiian sugar cane is planted at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A rare Hawaiian sugar cane is ready to be planted at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Steve Jefferson checks on sugar cane at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Sugar cane grows at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Steve Jefferson checks on mature sugar cane at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

There’s a unique new business venture that reaches back to the past and reworks it for the future that has taken shape in Kohala recently.