Alexander and Baldwin: History of (A&B)

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (“A&B”) is a diversified corporation with most of its operations centered in Hawaii.  It was founded in 1870 and incorporated in 1900.  Ocean transportation operations and related shoreside operations of A&B are conducted by a wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc.(“Matson”), and several Matson subsidiaries, all of which are headquartered in…

Hawaii: 1946 Sugar Strike

Before 1946, Hawaii’s economy, politics and social structures were completely dominated by a corporate elite known as the Big Five (Alexander & Baldwin, American Factors, Castle & Cooke, C. Brewer, & Theo. Davies). The leaders of these factor companies exercised absolute control over Hawaii’s plantation workers and the majority of the islands multi-ethnic workforce. The…