Tourist Industry Payroll
Total payroll in the tourist industry in West Maui appears to be running close to the payroll in agriculture, the traditional economic mainstay of the area.
Total payroll for employees of West Maui's sugar and pineapple companies during the first 11 months of 1971 was $5.15 million.
Total payroll for employees of the five major Kaanapali hotels during the same period was about $4.25 million.
This figure does not include pay to workers at the small hotels in Lahaina, and north of Kaanapali to Napili.
The agricultural payroll is remaining relatively constant, while the tourist industry total-due to construction of new hotels-is increasing sharply.
Payroll in agriculture in West Maui during 1970 totaled $5.47 million. Tourist workers received a total of $3.45 million.
These figures do not include employee benefits, which run about an additional 25 per cent in both industries.
Although the agriculture payroll exceeds that of the Kaanapali hotels, there are fewer agriculture workers. There are about 700 fulltime sugar and pineapple workers, but about 1,000 persons work fulltime at the hotels.
In addition, both industries employ seasonal and part-time help.
West Maui's agricultural workers are employed either by the Maui Land & Pineapple Co. or the Pioneer Mill sugar company.
The major Kaanapali hotels are the Sheraton, Hilton, Royal Lahaina, Kaanapali Beach and Maui Surf.
Buck Quayle at the Maui Lahaina Sun bureau circa 1970
Reporter/Photographer Buck Quayle in 1971 in Maui with the Cartagenian in the background
Another Day At The Office Haleakala National Park