Saturday, April 11, 2015

Benjamin Douglas Baldwin

Benjamin Douglas Baldwin (grandson of the Rev Dwight Baldwin) was born at Kohala, Hawaii, April 12, 1868, son of David D and Lois M Baldwin. Baldwin began his career in the sugar cane industry on Haiku Sugar Co plantation, Hāmākuapoko, Maui, on January 1, 1889.

Then, “Mr Benjamin D Baldwin, head luna of Hāmākuapoko plantation has accepted the position of assistant manager of the Hawaiian Commercial Company”.  He later “settled as manager of Makaweli plantation of Kauai.” “Makaweli is the banner plantation of Kauai” and by the end of Baldwin's management, in 1928, the company was noted as one of the most profitable and progressive in the Territory.

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