Sugar Cane Train

Sugar Cane Train, Maui

Editor's Note: Due to a fire that occurred on August 8, 2023, this beautiful Lahaina attraction was destroyed. We are leaving these pictures up for all of us who have made memories here and would like to remember the sugar cane train as it used to be. New pictures will be posted after the town is rebuilt.

From the old-school exterior to the historical discourse that goes on inside, the Sugar Cane Train on Maui gives you the ultimate walk through time. Located in near Lahaina and Kaanapali, the train is a larger-than-life reproduction of the actual sugar cane train that ran through the area in the early 1900s. Passengers are treated to a one-hour train ride featuring an authentic wooden trestle, a singing conductor and great panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains.

Officially known as the Lahaina-Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad, the Sugar Cane Train makes use of authentic elements, such as steam whistles and a narrow-gauge track. Some of the parts actually come from the actual train date back as far as the 1880s.

The train runs from the historic Lahaina to Puukolii, a distance spanning roughly six miles (9.6 km). The open-air coach sits 200 passengers and passes through a scenic resort town, Kaanapali, where you’ll get great views of the ocean and the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai. As you pass through the 415-foot-high (126 m) wooden trestle, don’t forget to look at the window as this is the best spot to view the ocean. From December to April, you may even spot a few humpback whales - a common sight in the warm Pacific waters.

Over 5 million tourists have boarded the Sugar Cane Train since 1970. The train is also used for occasional parties and receptions, and many locals get on just to hang out or get to the Kaanapali resorts. Although the sugar mill it once served has long gone out of business, there are no signs that this train will go the same route!

Sugar Cane Train Overview

  • Historic train tour rides between Lahaina, Kaanapali and Puukolii
  • Scenic views of the West Maui Mountains and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai
  • Learn about a piece of Maui history
  • Great adventure for adults and children alike

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Reviews and Comments:
I have ridden this many times before. There are 2 Narrow Gauge steam locomotives named Anaka ( Red brown and green) and Myrtle(Black and gray). The Diesel engine named Oahu is used only when Anaka and Myrtle are in the repair shop. On the way from the Puukolii Station they fill up water. Be prepared to get splashed by the engineer if you get close. You will cross the 325 foot long 31 Hahakea bridge and they will shoot steam out of the side of the locomotive. This is something that you should ride.
KO, Aug 03, 2010