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Sugar Cane Train
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Owner description: A singing conductor takes you on a 6-mile tour of Maui's sugar cane history.
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

The ride is really boring. The people that run it are great and super friendly but this attraction was a disappointment. Literately a bumpy ride along a highway.

2  Thank Smilass
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Unfortunately the steam engine was out of service for our trip today, so we were driven by a diesel engine instead. Our expectations were low, we just wanted to do something low-key and get off our feet for an hour and a half. The train itself was cute and quaint, we enjoyed the old-timey feel off it and we also enjoyed the live ukele music. The scenery was mostly the same as you would see from your car along the highway, but you have a prime peek into people's backyards. We got to see mountains of clothing, old appliances, some gardens, piles of car parts and the odd 1960s hot rod here and there (which my husband enjoyed spotting.) It was a relaxing break from walking around in the heat of the day, although quite pricey. $48 for two people.

Note that my parents did this ride when they were in Maui about 20 years ago and said they really enjoyed it-- it went through a lot of agricultural areas. The guide told us that the farmlands were sold off to a developer in 1999. It seems like maybe the train company could pick up the trash along the tracks and maybe plant some flowers, sugarcane, pineapples along the side if they are allowed, to improve the experience? Just a thought.

2  Thank Silly4Traveling
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Well we thought we would try the train for the little ones even tho reviews we not good. We had a free adult coupon to make it more affordable. First off it only runs mon-fri. So the saturday morning that we showed up dissapointed the kids right away. No fun. Then we tried another day got there for the first train in lahaina and the theres a notice the the train is closed until further notice for maintenence issues. Then the nice guy running the coffee shop told us the real story the the train has derailed down the line.
Well yes we should have listened to the reviews more carefully and not got the kids hopes up and made ourselves have to two fun mornings answering the kids to why we cant go.

2  Thank Kenbeaul
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

First of all, the Steam Engine is not in service. It's being repaired apparently. Part of trip takes you through a Homeless Shanty town. It's like a tour through a back alley in a rough part of town. Yes you get a view of the ocean, but it's the same view you get if you were driving along the highway, for free. The staff if very friendly, but that's the only redeeming feature of this attraction. A 3-6 year old child might enjoy this attraction, but an adult is going to sit there wondering why on earth he paid $23 / person for a tour through a back alley.
For you Canadian readers, the Train Ride at West Edmonton Mall is 100 times better!

1  Thank Jason_1973
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

If you are looking for a nostalgic steam engine ride, this is not the case as of a week or 2 ago. They now use a diesel locomotive with a rude train air horn, not the classic steam "chugging" with a steam whistle. What used to be a charming journey to the past, is now a just a noisy ride.
Here is hoping that the steam engine is just being repaired and will be back soon. i would ask when making a reservation if the steam engine is back. Otherwise you could be very disappointed.

Thank MauiDonL
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